(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans (9-12, 6-7) will take on the University of Mobile (13-11, 7-6) in an important clash between SSAC rivals. The game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday February 7th at The Den.
The two teams are embroiled in a four team scrum for third, fourth, fifth, and sixth in the SSAC’s western division. Mobile is slightly ahead of the group in third place. Loyola is one game back of the Rams and tied with Spring Hill and Belhaven. The game will play an important role in figuring out which teams make the conference tournament as the three seed gets a first round bye, while the fourth and fifth play each other in the first round. The sixth and seventh place teams do not qualify.
The two teams met earlier this year with Mobile emerging victorious, 80-70 in Mobile. Jasmine Brewer scored 22 and was one of four Wolf Pack players with more than seven rebounds. Megen Berner had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Shayne Charles had nine rebounds and Callie McNally had seven in Loyola’s losing effort. Molly Speed had a career high 25 points on the strength of six made threes for the Rams while Deonica McCormick had 20 points and 11 assists.
The Wolf Pack enter the game against Mobile coming off a much needed victory over William Carey. Loyola had lost three straight coming into the game against William Carey, although two of those defeats came to top 25 teams. They bounced back by securing a 67-64 victory led by Berner’s 16 points and Katie Youngblood’s career high 13 points.
Brewer is leading the Wolf Pack in scoring and rebounding this season with 15.7 points and 9.1 boards nightly. Janeicia Neely is averaging 10.5 points and the conference’s third best assist total at 4.33 a game.
Mobile has only won two of their past five games, despite beating Trinity Baptist handily in their last game. The 65-46 victory was a part of a balanced team effort as five players scored more than nine points led by Brianna Edwards’ 13. Courtney Bayliss led the Rams with nine rebounds in the tilt.
McCormick is the team’s leading scorer averaging 15.2 points a night and a conference best 5.1 assists a game. Edwards tallies 13.6 a night and a team best 6.8 rebounds a game.