Loyola keeps conference title hopes alive with 92-55 victory over William Carey

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(Ellisville, Miss.) – Coming off of two victories over nationally ranked opponents, the (RV) Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team headed to Ellisville, Mississippi on Thursday evening to take on Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) opponent William Carey University on the campus of Jones County Junior College.

Trailing Bethel University by just a half game for the conference lead, the Wolf Pack entered Thursday’s showdown against the Crusaders having won five-straight games and sitting at 23-5 overall and 15-3 in SSAC action.

Thursday’s matchup proved as lopsided as the first time these two teams met this year (84-44 Loyola victory on Jan. 19), as the Wolf Pack was dominant from the tip to grab the convincing 92-55 victory on Thursday night.

With the impressive win, Loyola improves to 24-5 on the year and 16-3 in league games. Thursday’s victory was a major one as the Wolf Pack now just need to beat Blue Mountain on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) to claim the SSAC Regular Season Championship and earn the automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship.

Off the bench, Megan Worry (SO/Houston, Texas) tied her career high with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting to led all scorers. Zoie Miller (JR/Frisco, Texas) also had a huge game off the bench on Thursday, pouring in 18 points (7-of-11) to go along with four rebounds. Paige Franckiewicz (FR/Slidell, La.) dropped in four triples to finish the game with 12 points while fellow starting guard Kylah Jones (SR/Houston, Texas) chipped in 11 points and four assists in a team-high 25 minutes. In the middle, Megan Temple snatched a game-high nine boards to go along with eight points and two blocks and Mary Grace Copa (FR/Austin, Texas) tallied four points and six boards coming off the bench for the Wolf Pack in the win.

Savannah Richardson was the only Crusader to score in double-figures on Thursday, putting up 14 points in 21 minutes off the bench.

Loyola shot 32-of-62 (51.6%) from the floor while holding the Crusaders to just 35.6% (21-of-59) on Thursday. The Wolf Pack’s bench dominated William Carey’s unit 52-34 and the visitors left Mississippi with a 43-31 advantage in total rebounds.

William Carey’s only lead of the game came off a three-pointer to start the first quarter. Down 0-3, Loyola ended the first on a 37-12 run to take the 37-15 advantage into the second quarter. The home team would get no closer than 22 points for the remainder of the game and the Wolf Pack was able to push the advantage to as many as 41 points in the fourth before eventually taking the 92-55 victory.

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