(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans (5-6, 8-11) will look to topple 25th ranked Auburn University Montgomery (16-5, 9-2) when the two SSAC foes face off at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday January 31st at The Den.
The game will be part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Program and will benefit the Play 4Kay Charity. Play 4Kay is a global, unified effort for a nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the WBCA and The V Foundation, is the official Play 4Kay charity.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
Loyola enters the tilt on a two game losing streak, having dropped a 51-62 decision at Faulkner University and losing in heartbreaking fashion to Belhaven, 42-40. Alisha Rayborn converted a layup with 1.3 seconds left to pull Belhaven ahead and Janeicia Neely couldn’t get a shot off as time expired on the Wolf Pack.
Jasmine Brewer will look to lead the Wolf Pack to the upset, she has been fantastic this season for the Wolf Pack. She averages 15.9 points and 9.2 rebounds a game while shooting 51% from the field, all of which are top six in the SSAC. Neely is second on the team with 10.5 points a contest while dishing out the conference’s third best assist numbers, 4.3 per game.
The Warhawks enter the contest on a three game winning streak. They have handily defeated Belhaven, Mobile, and William Carey. Their closest margin of victory during the streak is an eight point victory they had over William Carey.
Auburn-Montgomery boasts three players who average in double-figures. LaKenya Drayton leads the way at 13 points a night while Katie Williams and Keisha Moore both average 10.2 points a game. Drayton pulls down 8.2 rebounds a game which is 11th in the SSAC. Kamesha Strong guides the Warhawk attack with 3.5 assists per game.
Loyola’s recent slide has seen them drop into a fifth place tie with Spring Hill in the conference. However they are just a game back of Mobile and Belhaven who are in third place in the western division of the SSAC. The 25th ranked Warhawks are tied atop the division with #22 Faulkner. Loyola will matchup with Auburn-Montgomery in the last game of the season for both teams on February 23rd in Montgomery.
Last season, the teams faced off twice as Loyola scored a convincing victory at home, 71-45 as Brewer led the way with 21. The Warhawks got a 63-59 victory when the teams matched up in Montgomery despite 23 points from Wolf Pack senior Keiva Council.