NEW ORLEANS, La. - Despite a game high 22 points from Keiva Council, Loyola University New Orleans fell to Shorter University 66-61 Friday night in The Den.
The Lady Hawks enjoyed a sizeable 42-28 advantage at the half buoyed by 24 points in the paint in comparison to the Wolfpack, who only had 10 inside.
After the halftime break, Lindsey Crawford gave Shorter their largest lead of the game with a jumper in the lane off a feed from Brittney Smith to make the score 46-28 with 18:10 to play.
Loyola whittled down the Hawk margin over the next six minutes, outscoring the visitors 16-5 with 10 points coming from Council in the stretch. Later, Shorter rebounded to extend the advantage to 61-50 off a three pointer by Kelly Ellison with 6:05 to play.
In the waning minutes, the Wolfpack scored seven consecutive points to cut the lead to three points with 1:03 to play. After a bucket from Ellison, Council converted a pair of free throws to again pull the margin to one possession, 64-61 with 36 seconds to play. Ellison answered again on the other end for Shorter and the Hawks held on for the 66-61 victory.
Council, who scored a Loyola record 48 points last time out in a 84-81 win over Northwestern State, converted 8 of 19 from the field. She grabbed nine rebounds all on the defensive end. Jasmine Brewer added 10 points and nine rebounds. Amy Moody rounded out the leaders for Loyola with 10 points as well.
For the Lady Hawks (8-0, 3-0 SSAC), .Smith led with a double-double 13 points and 11 rebounds. She made 5 of 11 from the field. Crawford had 12 points and Kelly Ellison finished with 11.
With the victory, Shorter improved to 8-0, 3-0 SSAC and remained in a first place tie with Lee University in the SSAC East Division. The Hawks shot 45.6% from the field, including 51.6% in the first stanza.
The loss dropped the Wolfpack to 7-1, 2-1 SSAC, and snapped a program best seven game win streak to start the season. Seven wins in the first eight contests on the season is still the best mark in the program’s 17 year history. Loyola last won seven games in a row in 2008-09, when the Wolfpack rattled off 13 consecutive wins before losing in the NAIA National Tournament to Westminister.
Loyola returns to action on Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. start against Emmanuel College in The Den.