(New Orleans, La) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team (5-8, 3-3) will look to make a move up the conference standings when they face William Carey University (7-6, 3-3) in a 5:30 p.m. matchup at The Den. The two schools are part of a five way tie for third place in the Western Division of the Southern States Athletic Conference.
The two teams are currently tied in the standings along with Belhaven, Mobile, and Spring Hill. Belhaven hosts Spring Hill at the same time as Loyola matches up with William Carey. Loyola will then play at Mobile on Saturday with a chance to distance themselves from the rest of the pack.
Four Wolf Pack players average more than 9.5 points and they are led by Jasmine Brewer who leads the team in scoring at 16.6 points per game and rebounding, pulling down 8.9 a game. Brewer is the conference’s third leading scorer and fifth leading rebounder. Megen Berner is second on the team in both those categories averaging 11.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest. Janeicia Neely and Rebekah Greer are the team’s third and fourth leading scorers, respectively. Neely is also the SSAC’s fourth leading passer, averaging 3.77 assists per contest.
The Crusaders are coming off a 29 point loss to #5 ranked Lee University on January 5th. They have lost three of their last four games, dropping decisions to #9 ranked Xavier and Southern Mississippi before beating Brewton-Parker.
William Carey has only one player who scores in double figures, forward Vechatita Bonner averages 11.1 points a game while also pulling down a team-high 5.4 rebounds. Erica Moore and Amber Jackson are the second and third leading scorers as both average more than nine points.
The Wolf Pack is on a two game conference winning streak, having handily defeated Truett-McConnell and Southern Wesleyan. Cassidy Eymard was the star of the game against Southern Wesleyan as she came off the bench to score 20 points and pull down 10 rebounds both career highs. The Wolf Pack lost their most recent outing, 81-41, an exhibition contest against their Freret Street rivals, Tulane.
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