NEW ORLEANS, La. - Senior guard Keiva Council scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Loyola University New Orleans Women's Basketball team to a 72-59 victory over the Spring Hill Badgers in The DEN on Thursday evening. Sophomore forward Jasmine Brewer, sophomore guard Amy Moody, and freshman guard Janeicia Neely all contributed double-digits.
Brewer added her third double-double on the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Moody added 14 points as well as six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Rounding out the group was Neely who produced 11 points, three assists and three steals.
Loyola now stands at 14-1 on the season (6-1 SSAC), having won seven consecutive games, and extends the program record of winning 14 out of the first 15 games to start a season. Spring Hill drops to 5-9 (1-6 SSAC).
Brewer came out on fire scoring the first eight Wolfpack points of the game. Ahead 8-4, Loyola embarked on a 13-6 run, putting them up by 11 points with 11:39 left to play in the first. Despite the run, the Badgers would not go down quietly. They held Loyola scoreless for the next five minutes as Spring Hill would go on a 14 point scoring rampage.
With the 'Pack down 21-24 at the 6:25 mark, a key Neely jumper pulled Loyola within a point. Later with the Wolfpack up by two points with less than two minutes remaining in the half, a field goal by Sha Sha Buchanan tied the game at 32-32 with a minute left. However, an Amy Moody three-pointer put the Wolfpack up at the end of the period.
With the 'Pack ahead at intermission 34-32, Loyola embarked on a 6-2 run over the first four minutes of the second half to increase the lead. During the stretch, Loyola forced two key turnovers and held the Badgers to only one field goal. From there, the 'Pack increased the margin even further, taking a 59-47 lead at the 7:34 juncture following a fast-break layup by senior Amy Sprout.
All-in-all Loyola outscored Spring Hill 15-8 over the first 10 minutes of the second half, connecting on six of its first 11 shots, including a pair of field goals by Moody and Brewer. After settling into a groove following the opening run of the half, Loyola held a 64-52 with just under four minutes remaining in the game. Despite a minor Badger come-back, the Wolfpack prevailed in the end 72-59.
The Badgers had with players in double figures with Kristin Rogers leading with 12 points. Jackie Higgenbotham and Bria Bohanon each had 11. April Bradford grabbed a team high 11 rebounds on the evening.
Next up, the 'Pack travels to Montgomery to take on Faulkner on Thursday, Jan. 19 to take on the Lady Eagles. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT.