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Loyola’s Smith scores 1,000 career points in win over LSUS

February 15, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans Women’s Basketball player Trenell Smith scored her 1,000th career point as NAIA ranked No. 16 Loyola defeated LSU-Shreveport 62-61 on February 9. Loyola also won its 30th straight game against GCAC opponents with a 90-69 victory over Mobile Thursday night in The Den.

The Wolfpack had five players in double figures and outscored Mobile 49-34 in the second half. Loyola has also won 13 games in a row and 21 straight GCAC games in The Den. Loyola did not trail in the second half as Mobile cut the Wolfpack second half lead to two points at the 15:19 mark with a Danielle Goodly put back to make the score 47-45.

Loyola answered, going on a 26-8 run over the next nine minutes. Kiely Schork gave the Wolfpack their first 20 point lead of the game as the senior guard hit one of her two three pointers in the game. Trenese Smith later gave the Wolfpack their biggest advantage of the contest 86-62 three minutes later with a three pointer with 3:33 to play.

Loyola’s Trenell Smith led all scorers with 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the field. It is the 10th time this season that the sophomore guard from LaPlace has scored 20 or more points in a game.

Catherine Blanchard had a career high 15 points. She had five three pointers, also a career high. Other leaders for the Wolfpack (20-4, 13-0 GCAC) included Trenese Smith with 17 points and Christine Mainguy with 12.

In the first half, Mobile led briefly in the opening minutes as Angela Bounds grabbed the opening tip and hit a lay up to give the Rams the 2-0 lead. Loyola answered, scoring on the next two possessions. The first came as Kim Rigg tied the score with a bucket in the lane. Trenell Smith followed with a steal and bucket to give the Wolfpack their first lead of the game 4-2. Smith had 12 points in the first half. Sherri McIntosh hit a basket on the Lady Rams’ ensuing trip down the floor to tie the game at 4-4.

The Wolfpack responded with a 10-3 run over the next three minutes. Catherine Blanchard capped the run with one of her two three pointers in the half off an assist from Kiely Schork to give Loyola a 14-7 lead with 14:45 to play in the first half. Mobile rallied and grabbed the lead for the second time in the half with a Danielle Goodly bucket to make the score 28-26 at the 5:00 mark. Loyola closed out the half outscoring the Lady Rams 15-7 over the last five minutes to take a 41-35 lead at the break.

The Wolfpack is ranked No. 16 in the latest NAIA women’s basketball poll and sustained their three game lead over Xavier (20-5, 10-3 GCAC) in the conference standings.

Loyola returns to action on Saturday against Jesuit rival Spring Hill. Tip off in The Den is slated for 3 p.m.

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