NEW ORLEANS, La. – Senior Keiva Council scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Loyola University New Orleans Wolfpack women’s basketball team past Dillard, 75-49, on Friday in The DEN. With the win, the Wolfpack improved to 9-1 on the season while the Bleu Devils dropped to 2-5.
“We put together a whole game,” said head coach Kellie Kennedy. “We were able to run away with it because we maintained our intensity and defense. We were also extremely disciplined on offense. I thought we made great choices, and put together one of our best 40 minutes in the past two weeks.”
Joining Council in double-figures were sophomores Amy Moody and Jasmine Brewer, who added 17 and 14, respectively. Freshman Janecia Neely also produced double-figures with 11 points. Council and Moody also grabbed a team-high six rebounds. The sophomore shooting guard, Moody, also had four take-a-ways.
Loyola took the early lead, scoring the first bucket of the game almost immediately off of a Dillard turnover, but the Bleu Devils would counter on the next possession to even the score at 2. Loyola took the lead with a bucket from Brewer, and the Wolfpack never looked back despite a triumph first half come back with less than three minutes left in the half. The Bleu Devils got within a point but field goals by Moody and Council ended Loyola’s drought to close out the period
Loyola strung together an 18-7 run to open up the second half, extending its lead to 23 points. Dillard could not respond to the Wolfpack’s tenacious defense as the ‘Pack forced 23 turnovers and converted those to 24 points. Loyola also held the Bleu Devils to 18 points in the second half and a 23.5 field goal percentage. Moreover, the Wolfpack scored 40 of its 75 points in the paint compared to Dillard’s 22.
The Wolfpack is ranked nationally in the NAIA in 20 categories including No. 1 in field goal percentage (49.4).
Dillard’s Jazzmin Smith and Lauren Daniel led the Bleu Devils in scoring with 11 points each.
Loyola will now play one final home game in 2011 squaring off against another cross-town rival No. 17 Xavier on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. CT.