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No. 7 Loyola (La.) Upsets No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.), 87-80

Loyola (La.)
March 20, 2014
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FRANKFORT, Ky. – (Box Score) A hot start cooled, but No. 7 Loyola (La.) didn't fade as the Wolf Pack sent home second-seed No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.), 87-80, in the first round of the 34th annual NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Championships. It was the third time in the two-day opening round a No. 7 seed upset a second seed, the most in tournament history.

Loyola (22-11) advances to play Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) in the second round Friday at 8 p.m. EDT in Frankfort Convention Center. Our Lady of the Lake (27-4) recorded its first national tournament win earlier in the day with a 97-94 comeback win over Talladega (Ala.)

The hot-handed Loyola shot 93.33 percent (14-for-15) from the field to build a 28-19 lead on a 3 by Megan Whittaker. The Wolf Pack hit their first seven shots, missed one and hit seven more. They didn't miss again until a short layup rolled off the rim with 8:14 to play in the half. However, the climate changed. Loyola hit only five of its next 18 shots (27.8 percent), but Georgetown was also cold, shooting 2-for-10 in the final eight minutes.

Georgetown's Jessica Foster pulled the Lady Tigers within five, 46-41, with a 3 from the top of the key – only her seventh 3 of the season. But Jasmine Brewer hit an up-and-under move with four seconds to play to send Loyola into the locker room with a 48-41 lead. The Wolf Pack's largest first-half lead was 10 points, 42-32.
The Wolf Pack built their lead to as many as eight, 51-43, to start the second half, but Georgetown built a 7-0 run, capped by a Haley Armstrong 3-pointer from in front of the Georgetown bench to cut the difference to 51-50. Moments later Kourtney Tyra hit two free throws to give GC its first lead since the opening minutes, 54-53.

Five lead changes followed in the next two minutes until Meghan Temple gave Loyola a 60-59 lead, which it never gave up.

Loyola pulled ahead by six, 76-70, but Tyra and Lizza Jonas hit baskets to cut the margin to two and then Jonas came up with a loose ball and fed Tyra for a fast-break assist on a Devanny King layup to tie the game, 76-76, and bring the Georgetown faithful to their feet with 4:20 to play.

Janeicia Neely ran the base line and hit a reverse layup to break the tie, and then Loyola sealed the upset at the free throw line. The Wolf Pack hit 8-of-10 free throws in the final 1:12 of play to hold off the second-seed Lady Tigers, who closed the game shooting 2-for-10 from the field.

Foster led Georgetown with a career-high 22 points, while Tyra, who was recently named a WBCA All-American, added a double-double 20 points and 10 assists. Jonas had 17 points to finish her career with 1,183. 

Tyra finishes her career as the Lady Tigers' all-time assists leader with 669 and fifth on the all-time scoring list with 1,704 points. Fellow senior Andrea Howard is also a 1,000 point club member, finishing her career in her hometown of Frankfort with 1,370 career points.

Brewer and Whittaker led the Wolf Pack with 17 points each. Whittaker tied her season-high with five 3-pointers, while Brewer moved into fourth-place on the Loyola all-time scoring list with 1,721 career points, passing Trenell Smith (2005-09). Brewer also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to give her 913 in her career, one shy of the Loyola school record.

Kylah Jones and Neely also scored in double figures for Loyola with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Georgetown College concludes its season with a 21-9 record after losing back-to-back games for only the second time in the season. The Lady Tigers were runner-up in the Mid-South Conference regular season and MSC Tournament.

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NAIA DI Women's Basketball Championship
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