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Wolfpack moves to top of GCAC

February 13, 2009

Trenese Smith led the Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team to sole possession of first place in the GCAC, defeating No. 21 LSU-Shreveport 69-52 last night at The Dock in Shreveport.

Following a sluggish start, the Wolfpack (15-6, 11-2 GCAC) took their first lead of the game, 22-21, at the 2:12 mark in the first half and never looked back. After the tip, the Lady Pilots jumped out to an early 10-0 lead. Loyola’s slow start finally ended at the 12:12 mark when Trenese Smith hit a jumper from the top of the key. Midway through the half, LSU-Shreveport (20-4, 10-3 GCAC) extended their lead to 14-4 helped by eight points from Quan Joseph. The Wolfpack’s cold streak ended there. Smith connected on four consecutive threes in the next five minutes. Loyola’s defense held LSUS scoreless for the last five minutes of the half, and took a 27-21 lead into the break.

Loyola started the half on a 9-3 run, which included another three by Smith, putting the Wolfpack up 36-24 at the 17:15 mark. After trailing as much as 15, the Lady Pilots cut the deficit to 10 after a pair of free throws from Valerie Huizar, with 5:04 left in the game. However, Smith quickly stopped their momentum and put the game out of reach, connecting on her sixth three of the evening.

Loyola shot 41.4 percent (24-of-58) from the field, and an outstanding 50 percent (8-of-16) from behind the arc. Trenese Smith led the way with 31 points on 10-of-19 from the field including 6-of-9 three pointers. Lauren Pryer came off the bench to score 11 points. Christine Mainguy tied Pryer with a team-high eight rebounds.

LSUS shot 38.3 percent (18-of-47) from the field. The Lady Pilots were led by Janai Sells who scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds. Valerie Huizar added 13 points and a game-high seven assists. This was the first loss of the season at The Dock for the Lady Pilots, who were previously 9-0.

Loyola, who received votes in the latest NAIA poll, returns to action on Saturday at The Den for the Pink Zone game when Tougaloo comes to town. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m.

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