NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University women’s basketball team (8-1, 3-1) will play its second to last home game of 2011 when it welcomes cross-town foe Dillard (2-4, 0-0) to The DEN on Friday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT.
“We have to be ready for Dillard’s best game Friday night,” said head coach Kellie Kennedy. “They always play well against us, and I know our team expects that. We need to handle their pressure and execute offensively as well as take some things away defensively.”
Loyola and Dillard will be meeting for the second time this season. In the contest earlier this year, the Wolfpack came out on top 70-53 in the Albert W. Dent Hall “Battlefield” Gymnasium. Great shooting helped the ‘Pack as it connected on 29 of its 49 attempts (59.2 percent), while the Bleu Devils went 19-for-52 from the floor (36.5 percent). Loyola forced 15 Dillard turnovers and had eight steals.
Loyola won its eighth game on Saturday with a 66-51 decision over conference rival Emmanuel at home. Ten Wolfpack players recorded points in the victory, led by senior Keiva Council and sophomore Amy Moody who both scored 15 points each. Council also added eight rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists in the win. Freshman Callie McNally performed exceptionally well in the best game of her collegiate career with a game high nine rebounds and eight points.
Dillard enters Friday’s game with a 2-4 record, with its most recent win coming against UNO 66-63. The Bleu Devils will be playing only their second road game of the season when they take on the ‘Pack in The DEN. Two Dillard players are averaging double-figure points, led by junior Jazzmin Smith’s 13.2 point contribution per contest. She is followed by senior Ariel Mitchell with 11 points per game. Smith has also collected 6.3 rebounds per game and dished out 3.0 assists per game. As a team, the Bleu Devils are hitting 30.6 percent of their shots from the floor, while recording 9.2 steals per game.
Friday’s game can be viewed online via livestream at http://www.livestream.com/loyolawolfpack.
Tickets will be on sale at the door, $6 for adults and $3 for children. Loyola students will receive free admission when they show their student ID.
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