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No. 7 Great Falls (Mont.) Topples No. 2 Loyola, 73-54

March 18, 2015
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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – (Box Score) A dominant defensive effort propelled championship newcomer and No. 7 Great Falls (Mont.) into the second round, as the Argonauts recorded the first upset of the 2015 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championships, presented by Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City, defeating No. 2 Loyola (La.), 73-54, on Wednesday morning.

With the win, Great Falls advances to play No. 3 Langston (Okla.) in second round action at 9 a.m. CDT on Friday.

Great Falls’ pressure defense was stifling throughout, holding Loyola to a near season-low 54 points and 29 percent (18-for-62) shooting from the field, including a 2-for-20 effort from 3-point range. The Wolf Pack, who entered the championship ranked sixth in the NAIA in field goal percentage (45. 2 percent) and total scoring offense (2,342), were held under 60 points for only the third time this season.

Guard Erin Legel and center Lindsey Abramson both eclipsed 20 points for Great Falls. Legel scored a team-high 23 points on 7-for-17 shooting. The Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, native also had a game-high eight assists and played all 40 minutes.

Abramson, who closed the contest with 22 points and 12 rebounds for her 18th double-double of the year, has now scored in double figures 26 times this season, including seven games of 20 points-or-more.

As a team, Great Falls shot 40 percent (26-of-65) from the field and 93.8 percent (15-of-16) from the free throw line. The Argonauts were also dominant on the glass, outrebounding Loyola, 52-34.

Janeicia Neely was the lone individual in double-digits for the Wolf Pack. The senior ended the game with 26 points, while also grabbing a team-best 11 rebounds.

Loyola closes the year with a 27-4 record and falls to 4-7 all-time at the national championship.

Every game of the 2015 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship is available live on the NAIA Network. For packages and pricing visit www.NAIANetwork.com.

GAME NOTES
Great Falls' Lindsey Abramson now has 26 double-digit games this season including seven of 20 points-or-more… It was the third time in her last six games she has hit the 20-point mark… Today’s win marks the Argonaut’s first Championship appearance and first Championship victory in program history… Great Falls is now outscoring opponents by an average of eight points per game… Loyola’s Janecia Neely’s 24 points raised her season average over 19 points per game this season… The last time the Wolf Pack was sent home in the first round was in 2012 in a 74-63 loss to Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).