Loyola at a Glance
Women's basketball wins first round of NAIA tournament
March 21, 2014
Loyola University New Orleans Women's Basketball team converted 14 of its first 15 shots in the game en route to an 87-80 upset win over Georgetown College of Kentucky Thursday night in the first round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament at the Frankfort Civic Center.
The hot start allowed the Wolf Pack to lead by as many as 10 points in the first half. Megan Whittaker poured in 11 points, while Jasmine Brewer added nine in the opening 8:14. Kylah Jones converted a pair of free throws at the 5:41 mark to give Loyola the 10 point advantage. The Pack held a 48-41 advantage at the break.
In the second half, the Tigers retook the lead for the first time since the opening moments with a 9-2 run. Jessica Foster kicked off the streak with a pair of field goals. Haley Armstrong followed with a three pointer before Loyola’s Jackie Anderson halted the streak of seven unanswered by the Tigers. Lizza Jones responded for Georgetown and Kourtney Tyra converted a pair of free throws to give Georgetown a 54-53 advantage with 13:49 to play.
The lead would change hands five times over the next three minutes, with the last on a bucket by Loyola’s Megan Temple with 11:54 remaining. The Wolf Pack would not trail the rest of the way as the lead grew to as many as seven with a three pointer by Briana Oglesby to make it 71-64 at the 8:31 mark. The Tigers would not go away and outscored Loyola 12-5 over the next four minutes with Devanny King tying the score at 76-76 with 4:41 left.
Loyola took the lead for good with a bucket from Neely off an assist by Temple with 4:09 to play. The Pack converted 8 of 11 free throws down the stretch and held the Tigers to just four points over the final 4:41.
“Our team was really focused and ready to play tonight. The strong start really built our confidence as the game wore on. Georgetown is an excellent club, and we executed our game plan. It was a total 40 minute effort by our team,” said Loyola head coach Kellie Kennedy.
Brewer and Whittaker each had 17 points to lead the Wolf Pack (22-11). Brewer became the fourth leading scorer in Loyola history, passing Trenell Smith ‘10. The senior from Houston now has 1,721 points in her career and needs two boards to become the all time leading rebounder in Loyola history. Whittaker equaled her season high with five three pointers. Jones finished with 12 points and Nelly added 10.
Loyola will face Our Lady of the Lake University in the second round tonight, Friday, March 21. Tip off in the Frankfort Civic Center is slated for 7 p.m. CDT.
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