NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team improved to 8-1 on the season and 3-1 in conference play with a 66-51 victory over the Emmanuel Lions in The DEN Saturday afternoon.
Ten Loyola players registered points in the game to balance the Wolfpack attack, including senior guard Keiva Council and sophomore guard Amy Moody who both notched 15 points.
“I thought we came out and responded well today after losing a close one yesterday,” said head coach Kellie Kennedy. “We knew it would be a tough turn around against a very good Emmanuel team. We struggled a bit in the first half, but came out in the second half so enthused and so together.”
Council, the senior leader, led her team once again adding eight rebounds and three steals to go along with her 15 points. Freshman Callie McNally had the best game of her collegiate career. The 6-1 forward contributed a game-high nine rebounds while also supplying eight points.
Loyola quickly jumped on Emmanuel with a 14-9 lead six minutes into the game. However, the lead would not last as the Lions pulled ahead with a three-point basket from Ashley Skelton. Emmanuel continued its run going up by as many as five points with 2:30 left in the first half. Nevertheless, Raven Lane converted a critical old-fashion three-point play pulling the Wolfpack within two with 1:24 to go. Megen Berner tied the game at 31-31 with two crucial free throws.
The Wolfpack entered the second half on a rampage scoring the first seven points of the half going up 38-31. The Lions would not go down quietly as they went on a 6-0 run of their own putting the score at 40-39 with 14 minutes left to go. Freshman guard Janecia Neely killed the Emmanuel run hitting a game changing three-pointer. After a Lions turnover, the game was never the same. The Wolfpack stormed ahead going on a 13-0 run making the score 53-39 with 7:37 remaining.
From there, though, the ‘Pack took over, embarking another run putting them ahead by 16, their largest lead of the day.
Loyola scored 13 points off of 19 Emmanuel turnovers, while allowing just six points off 15 turnovers. Furthermore, the Lions were able to connect on just 7-of-31 from the field in the second half.
“Our defense was just great in the second half,” added Kennedy. “We had an intense and energetic second half as a group.”
Kaylan Young led Emmanuel (4-6, 0-3) with a game-high 17 points while Caniesha Bell added 13.
Loyola will host cross-town rival Dillard in The DEN on Friday, Dec. 9. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CT.