Women's basketball to compete in semi-final GCAC tournament
Loyola press release - March 5, 2009
Loyola junior guard/forward Trenese Smith picked up her second double-double on the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds to spur the 20th-ranked Wolfpack to an 80-62 win over the Mobile Lady Rams in the GCAC Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday night at The Den.
Loyola moves on to the GCAC Tournament semifinals 7 p.m. Friday night at The Den as the Wolfpack will host the William Carey Lady Crusaders.
Mobile jumped out early on Wednesday, taking a 10-6 lead 3:30 into the contest off a Sherri McIntosh basket. That would be the Lady Rams largest lead in the game.
With the game tied at 15-15, a Trenese Smith basket started a 13-4 spurt by Loyola. Amy Sprout’s basket off an assist from Garkeiva Council gave the Wolfpack a 28-19 lead with 8:30 left in the first period.
After the two teams swapped three pointers, a Morgan Melancon three ball started an 11-0 Lady Rams run that culminated in a Gerika Johnson shot from deep to give Mobile their final lead of the game at 33-31 with 4:15 left before the break.
Trenell Smith hit a triple on Loyola’s ensuing possession to give the Wolfpack the lead back for good. Loyola continued on a 12-3 run that gave Loyola a nine-point advantage at 44-35. Danielle Goodly scored on Mobile’s final possession to make it 44-37 Loyola at the half.
The Lady Rams immediately cut the Wolfpack lead to a single point twice in the opening minutes of the second half. Danielle Goodly’s two free throws with 17:30 left made it 46-45 Loyola.
From there, the Wolfpack busted the game open with a 12-0 run and when Trenell Smith scored with 11:30 left in the game to make the score 58-45.
Trenese Smith, who was named the GCAC’s Player of the Year for the third straight season, picked up her second double-double of the year with 24 points and a game high 11 rebounds. Smith is now only seven points away from tying the Loyola career scoring record of 1,866 points set last season by guard Kiely Schork. Christine Mainguy scored a season-high 18 points. Trenell Smith dropped in 17 points with Garkeiva Council rounding out the leading scorers with ten points.
The Wolfpack (21-6) shot 65.2% (15 of 23) in the first half and ended the game hitting at a 58% (29 of 50) clip. Loyola had the range from distance, hitting 50% (8 of 16) from deep. Loyola also enjoyed an advantage from the free throw line as the Wolfpack hit 14 of 19 (73.7%) from the charity stripe while Mobile only knocked down five or 12 (41.7%) from the free throw line. Loyola’s bench was also key as the Wolfpack reserves outscored the Lady Ram back-ups 15-4.
Gerica Johnson scored a game-high 28 points on 13 of 19 shooting in the contest, including two of four from deep. Danielle Goodly and Sherri McIntosh each put in ten points to round out the Mobile top scorers.
The Lady Rams (14-18) hit 53.1% (17 of 32) in the first half, but cooled down to finish the game hitting 41.5% (27 of 65). Mobile had a tough night from behind the arc, hitting only three of 12 (25%) from deep.
On Friday, Loyola faces the William Carey Lady Crusaders in the GCAC Tournament semifinals at 7 p.m. in The Den. Carey defeated the Belhaven Lady Blazers 63-57 Wednesday night in the quarterfinals.