Loyola celebrates two conference basketball championships

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Loyola celebrates two conference basketball championships

Both Loyola men's and women's teams pose with their championship trophies. Photo credit: Brett Simpson

Both Loyola men's and women's teams pose with their championship trophies. Photo credit: Brett Simpson

Both Loyola men's and women's teams pose with their championship trophies. Photo credit: Brett Simpson

Both Loyola men's and women's teams pose with their championship trophies. Photo credit: Brett Simpson

Andres Fuentes

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The Loyola brought out the brooms and swept both the men’s and women’s Southern States Athletic Conference Championship games, bringing back two titles to The Den.

The women’s team trekked through familiar territory, claiming their fourth conference title in the past five years. The squad beat Bethel University 73-65 for the win.

The men’s team captured their first-ever Southern States Athletic Conference title, beating Middle Georgia State 78-74.

Women’s Basketball

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Loyola’s women’s basketball team poses with their championship banner and trophy. Photo credit: Loyola New Orleans Athletics

The women’s team were crowned back-to-back conference champions after beating Bethel University.

Early on, it was Loyola’s game, as the Wolf Pack kicked things off with a 13-5 run. With the help of international business senior Kaila Anthony and her 15 points in the first half, Loyola ended the second quarter with a 37-26 lead.

The third frame saw a shift in momentum. Bethel went on a 21-7 run to tie the game late in the quarter but mathematics sophomore Presley Wascom sunk a late three to help Loyola claw their way to the final quarter, 52-51.

In the fourth, Loyola and Bethel were neck-and-neck until a seven-point drive by Anthony secured the team win.

Anthony was named the SSAC Tournament MVP after racking up a career-high 30 points along with six rebounds, three steals and a block.

Psychology senior Megan Worry also had a big night, recording 1,000 career points and becoming Loyola’s leader in blocked shots with a total of 132. Worry had nine points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Men’s Basketball

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Loyola’s women’s basketball team poses with their championship banner and trophy. Photo credit: Loyola New Orleans Athletics

 

The men’s team captured their first Southern States Athletic Conference title in the team’s history, marking the first time since 2010 that both a men’s and women’s team swept the conference title round.

It was Middle Georgia State early on, as the Knights led over the Wolf Pack 18-13 before a media timeout. Loyola would answer back with a 15-2 stretch and gaining the lead, 27-20.

By halftime, Loyola had a 37-30 advantage and would keep the momentum in the second half. The Wolf Pack led by double-digits, 62-49, until Middle Georgia hit four three-pointers over a 16-3 stretch, tying the game at 65 with just two minutes left to play.

However, a long ball by finance senior Ethan Turner set the tone for the remainder of the match. The Wolf Pack would go 8-9 in their late-game free throws which sealed the narrow 78-74 victory.

Mass communication freshman Myles Burns won the tournament MVP after racking up a double-double. Burns scored 17 points,12 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Business sophomore Terry Smith Jr. also had a big game with 15 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

 

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