(New Orleans, La.) Looking to win its sixth-straight game, the No. 22 Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team made the short trip across town on Friday evening to square off against Southern University at New Orleans in a non-conference showdown.
Powered by a career-high 19 points off the bench by Di’Mond Jackson, the Wolf Pack cruised to the 84-63 victory on Friday to improve to 10-2 overall on the season.
Down 4-6 to start the game, the Wolf Pack used buckets from Meghan Temple, Kaila Anthony and Jackson to string together a 9-2 run to grab the 13-8 advantage with 1:45 to play in the opening quarter. The Lady Knights ended the quarter by scoring three unanswered points to cut the deficit 13-11 entering the second frame.
Up 23-14 in the second, a jumper by Jackson would give the visitors their first double-digit lead of the game at 26-14 with just under six minutes to play before the half. The next three minutes saw SUNO string together a 10-0 spurt to come within two, 26-24, with 3:22 remaining. The Wolf Pack managed to take the blow and answer back with a 7-1 run to end the quarter to give Loyola the 35-26 cushion entering the locker rooms.
Following a free throw by Jackson at 5:59 mark in the third, the Wolf Pack rattled off 14-straight points to extend its lead to a comfortable 56-34 with just over two minutes to play in the third. A free throw by Breyah Richardson ended the quarter and put the visitors up 59-41 heading into the final quarter of action.
The fourth quarter was all Loyola as the Wolf Pack ballooned its lead to as much as 26 points on two separate occasions. When the final buzzer sounded, Loyola was on top 84-63 to give the No. 22 team in the country it’s sixth-straight victory.
Loyola shot 28-of-65 (43.1%) from the floor but struggled at the line – converting on just six-of-24 shots from beyond the arc. Led by Jackson, the Wolf Pack bench outscored the Lady Knights 39-12 on Friday while converting 26 points off of turnovers compared to just 11 by SUNO. The home team did outrebound Loyola 47-45 and won the second chance battle 20-12 in the loss.
Jackson’s 19 points were tops for the Wolf Pack while Temple dropped in 17 points and seven boards in the win. Kylah Jones chipped in 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes and Shayne Charles grabbed a team-high eight rebounds off the bench in the victory.
Guard Micah Brooks paced the SUNO attack with a game-high 25 points and 13 boards to go along with four assists and two steals.
Loyola has the next two weeks off before returning to First NBC Court on Saturday, Dec. 31, to take on Southern States Athletic Conference rival Middle Georgia University at noon.