NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team (3-0) will hit the road for its first conference games of the 2011-12 season as it is slated to take on Southern Wesleyan (2-1) on Friday at the Tysinger Gymnasium and Truett-McConnell on Saturday. Game time is slated for 4:30 on Friday afternoon against the Warriors and 2:00 Saturday afternoon against the Bears.
Friday’s game marks the first meeting between the Wolfpack and the Warriors. Last season, the ‘Pack went 3-2 against SSAC Eastern Division opponents defeating Saturday’s competition, Truett-McConnell on the road 69-61.
Both Loyola and Southern Wesleyan are coming off road wins with the ‘Pack posting a 73-50 victory over Dillard and the Warriors downing Toccoa Falls. Truett-McConnell is coming into Saturday’s matchup fresh off a game versus Spring Hill Friday evening. The Bears recently dropped a home game against Martin Methodist 81-96.
Loyola was led in scoring by sophomore Amy Moody who finished with a game-high 18 points. Senior Keiva Council and sophomore Jasmine Brewer led the game in rebounds as they added a total of 10 boards together. Council also contributed with 14 points. Also of note, freshman Janeicia Neely tallied 13 points and nine points.
The ‘Pack shot 70.8 percent in the second half, helping Loyola score 45 points over the last 20 minutes of play, while holding Dillard to 36.5 percent shooting and holding the Bleu Devils to 50 points, the least amount of points the Wolfpack has allowed this year. The ‘Pack also capitalized on 15 Dillard turnovers, resulting in 20 points. Loyola’s bench scored nearly 20 of the ‘Packs points.
Southern Wesleyan shot 43.3 percent from the three-point line, going 13-30 from long range, en route to the Warriors’ victory over the Eagles. Seven of its 13 threes were scored by junior Whitley Smith, while five of the 13 were scored by junior Shandrice Erby. Southern Wesleyan forced 35 turnovers.
In the game against Martin Methodist, the Truett-McConnell Bears turned the ball over 34 times and shot less than 50 percent from the free throw line scoring only seven of their 81 points from the charity stripe. Sophomore guard Alisha Gentry led the Bears with 19 points while junior Kelsey Montgomery and freshman Natalie Johnson added 15 points each.
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