(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans will look to spring an upset as they take on 16th ranked Faulkner University at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday February 16th at The Den.
In addition to the crucial conference home game, the Wolf Pack will be celebrating Senior Day. Loyola will honor seniors Megen Berner and Adrienne Easley before the game. Both players are four year letter winners. Berner has started every game this year while averaging 9.6 points and seven rebounds a game. Easley has averaged 2.6 points a game while pulling down 1.7 rebounds this season.
The last time these two schools met, Faulkner emerged with a 62-50 victory in Montgomery. Janeicia Neely had quite the all-around game tallying 18 points while also adding four rebounds, four assists, and three steals in defeat. Brittney Carter scored 18 points and secured 10 rebounds to help the Lady Eagles win despite falling down 9-0 in the first three minutes of the game.
Loyola (10-13, 7-8) has won two of their last three games, with only a four point home loss to Mobile separating them from a three game winning streak. In their last tilt, Loyola controlled the second half on their way to a dominating 78-57 victory over Spring Hill. Jasmine Brewer led a balanced team attack with 18 points and nine rebounds. Four other players also had more than nine points in the Wolf Pack victory.
Faulkner (23-4, 13-2) enters the game on a nine game winning streak. Their most recent victory was a 63-49 decision over William Carey. The victory helped the Lady Eagles separate themselves from the rest of the schools in the SSAC’s western division. Faulkner is now two games in front of second place Auburn-Montgomery.
The Wolf Pack sit in fifth place in the conference. They are just one game behind third place Belhaven and only a half game in front of Spring Hill. The top five teams in the division make it to the conference tournament.
Brewer is the Wolf Pack’s top scorer and rebounder averaging 15.3 and 9.0 respectively. Neeley is 23rd in the country in assists per game with 4.3 a night, while also scoring 11 points per game.
The Lady Eagles are led by Carter who averages a team high 16.2 points and 12.5 rebounds. She ranks second in the country in rebounding and is fifth in the nation with a 57.8% field goal percentage. Christina Hayes averages 14.8 points on 51.1% shooting to form a dynamic one-two punch with Carter.