MARIETTA, Ga. – Senior Keiva Council scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team to a 81-63 victory over Southern Poly Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Wolfpack moves to 13-1 on the season and 5-1, while the Lady Hornets drop to 2-12 overall and 1-4 in conference. Loyola has now won its sixth consecutive game and is on its best start in school history.
Loyola finished the game with 27 attempts from the free throw line, where the ‘Pack scored 18 of its points. The Wolfpack also shot 49.2 percent from the floor. Loyola out-rebounded Southern Poly 45-38 and had nine steals compared to the Lady Hornets’ three.
“It was so big to go on the road and get back-to-back conference wins,” said head coach Kellie Kennedy. “We shot the ball extremely well. We played extremely well for what little preparation we had. We looked focused and comfortable. The whole team was extremely coachable, and it made a huge difference.”
Council was joined in double-figures by sophomores Jasmine Brewer and Amy Moody, who added 20 and 12 respectively. The ‘Pack was led on the boards by Council and Moody as they pulled down six rebounds each.
Loyola opened the game jumping out to a 7-0 lead to take hold of the lead early. Southern Poly had back-to-back field goals but did score again until the 13:58 mark with a jumper from senior Winnie Markey. The Wolfpack led by as many as 14 in the half before a 7-0 run by the Lady Hornets to get within nine. Loyola would head into halftime with a 39-24 advantage. Eighteen of the ‘Pack’s first-half points were scored from behind the arch.
Loyola started the second half with four unanswered points to extend its lead to 21 points, but Southern Poly responded with four points within the next twenty seconds. Despite multiple attempts, the Lady Hornets could never cut its deficit to single-digits as Loyola took the game 85-63.
Despite the loss, three Southern Poly players scored in double-figures. Junior Tara Hay led the way with 21 points. Junior Dominique Smith added 13 points and a game high seven rebounds. Freshman Malynda Hull scored 10 points to round out Southern Poly’s high scorers.
Loyola returns home on Thursday, Jan. 12 when it hosts conference rival Spring Hill. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.