'Pack Women Set to Host Spring Hill

Wed, 01/11/2012

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team (13-1, 5-1 SSAC) will host Spring Hill (5-8, 1-5 SSAC) Thursday in The DEN. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. CT.

“It will be nice to be back at home for our next conference game,” said head coach Kellie Kennedy. “Our team was able to get some well needed rest after a long trip this past weekend, and we are ready to focus our efforts on Spring Hill.”

Loyola has won six consecutive games and looks to improve upon its best start in school history. The Wolfpack is coming off back-to-back road conference wins against Brewton-Parker and Southern Poly. Senior Keiva Council continues to step up and lead the ‘Pack as she was the high-scorer in both games. The exceptional guard scored 25 points against the Lady Barons and 41 points against the Lady Hornets. She is the only player in Loyola’s history to score 40+ points in multiple games in a season. The Houston, Texas native also scored her 1500th career point last weekend against Southern Poly.

Spring Hill is coming off back-to-back losses at Southern Poly and at Brewton-Parker. Junior Jackie Higgenbotham led the Lady Badgers with 13 points against the Lady Hornets while junior center April Bradford was the high scorer versus the Lady Barons with 14 points.

Thursday’s game will be the 35th time the teams have faced each other in the series which began in 1995. The Wolfpack leads the series 20-15 and has taken the past 15 games in almost 10 years. The last time Spring Hill defeated Loyola was on February 5, 2002.

Tickets for Thursday’s game will be available at the door, $6 for adults and $3 for children. Loyola students who present his or her student ID will receive free admission. Fans can also follow the game live via live stream at http://www.livestream.com/loyolawolfpack. For up-to-date information on Loyola athletics, like the Wolfpack on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/loyolawolfpack) and follow the teams on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/loyolawolfpack).

Thursday’s matchup is also part of the Jesuit Spotlight which is a nationwide effort to capitalize on basketball games between Jesuit schools and, through those games, bring greater positive awareness and exposure to Jesuit education and its shared mission. The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) developed this project in response to member institutions wanting spread the word of Jesuit higher-education through more than 90 basketball games in which Jesuit institutions play each other.

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