(New Orleans, La.) Riding the high of a 56-53 victory over No. 14 Bethel University in Saturday’s NAIA Network Game of the Week, the Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team returned to First NBC Court on Monday night to square off against No. 25 Martin Methodist College on Senior Night.
Featuring three players in double-figures, the Wolf Pack celebrated its group of talented seniors by defeating the Redhawks 69-61 in Loyola’s final home game of the 2016-17 campaign.
With the victory, Loyola improves to 23-5 overall and 15-3 in Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) games. Following a Bethel loss earlier in the night, the Wolf Pack find itself just a half game back of the Lady Wildcats for the top spot in the conference with just two regular season games remaining.
Kaila Jones paced the Wolf Pack attack on Monday night, putting up a team-high 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting off the bench. Zoie Miller (JR/Frisco, Texas) continued her dominance off the bench with 14 points in the win while Di’Mond Jackson (JR/Baton Rouge, La.) chipped in 13 points and seven boards for Loyola.
Appearing in their final home game in the maroon and gold, Meghan Temple (SR/Houston, Texas) put up eight points and seven boards while Kylah Jones (SR/Houston, Texas) and Jackie Anderson (SR/San Antonio, Texas) added eight points and two points, respectively.
As a unit, Loyola shot 23-of-59 (39%) from the floor and 5-of-18 (27%) from beyond the arc in the win. The Wolf Pack managed to outrebound the Redhawks 47-36 and, lead by Miller and Anthony, best Martin Methodist’s bench output 47-36.
Despite the final result, the Redhawks actually led the game throughout the entirety of the first half. Loyola took its first lead of the contest with just three seconds remaining in the third after Anthony knocked down a free throw to put the home team on top 45-44.
With the lead in check, the Wolf Pack were able to fend off the charging Redhawks over the final ten minutes of the game and used six-straight free throws to seal the 69-61 victory at home.
After the game, the trio of Temple, Jones, and Anderson were recognized for their incredible contributions to the Wolf Pack women’s basketball program. With those three leading the way, Loyola was won one conference championship and back-to-back conference tournament championships. Amassing 96 total victories thus far, this class is officially the winningest four-year class in the history of Loyola women’s basketball.
Loyola ends the season with a two-game road trip, starting on Thursday at William Carey. Tip-off from Hattiesburg, Miss. is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.