NATCHITOCHES, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team defeated Northwestern State 84-80 Friday night inside Prather Coliseum. The ‘Pack continues on their best start in school history.
Loyola stays undefeated at 7-0 as head coach Kellie Kennedy earns her first victory over a NCAA Division-1 opponent. This is the ‘Pack’s first win over a NCAA DI school since November 16, 2004 while the Northewestern State’s loss marks the first against a non D-1 school since the 2007 season.
Keiva Council played her best collegiate game to date. The senior guard scored a career high 48 points. Council’s scoring performance broke the Prather Coliseum record of 47 points scored by a single player, a record that has stood since 1988. Council shot 15-23 from the field, 5-8 from beyond the arc, and 13-16 from the free-throw line. Council also broke a single-game scoring record at Loyola with her 48 points while also tying the field goal percentage mark.
Jasmine Brewer recorded her second double-double of the season tonight scoring 18 points and garnering 11 rebounds. The sophomore guard also registered a career high in steals with five. Finally, Amy Moody rounded out the top three scorers, tallying 8 points from a perfect 8-8 night on the free-throw line.
“Keiva Council was absolutely incredible tonight, and the team played extremely hard from the start of the game to finish,” exclaimed Kennedy. “We played fantastic Loyola basketball this evening, and we’re looking forward to the home stretch coming up against conference opponents.”
The Northwestern Demons struck quickly, claiming an early 8-2 lead to start the game. However, the ‘Pack fought back as Loyola took the lead 24-20 at the eight minute mark and never gave it back.
The Wolfpack took a 44-38 lead into halftime thanks to an inspired defensive effort. In the first half, Loyola forced 14 turnovers that resulted in 16 points. By the game’s end, Loyola forced a total of 20 turnovers.
With fifty-seven seconds remaining in the game, the demons pulled within two points. Yet with 12 seconds left, Keiva Council converted on two clutch free throws to make it a four-point game and clinch the match.
“I am extremely proud of my teammates and coaches, and I’m just amazed at our progress in such a short period,” said Keiva Council. “I think this proves that great things are still to come.”
Overall, the ‘Pack shot 49.1 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from behind the three-point line, and 71.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Northwestern State’ offense was powered by five double-digit performances. Ronikka Drake scored 11 points, Meredith Graf with 15 points, Jordi James with 12 points, Trudy Armstead with 16 points, and Jasmine Bradley recording a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Loyola’s next match is December 2 at 5:30 p.m. CST against conference foe Shorter. The game marks a five game home stand for the ‘Pack.