No. 17 Concordia defeats Loyola in NAIA women’s basketball second round
PARK CITY, Kan. – The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team battled top-seeded Concordia (Neb.) in the NAIA National Championship tournament Saturday, losing 71-54 in the final of the Park City Opening Round Bracket.
With a berth in the Round of 16 on the line, the Wolf Pack (21-2) looked like the better team in the opening period, as they held a 16-8 lead after one quarter. A balanced scoring attack led to Chelsea Gray, Kennedy Hansberry, Jazmene McMillan, Taylor Thomas, and Sandra Cannady all making baskets in the frame.
Loyola kept the momentum going in the next 10 minutes, and they would lead 32-23 heading into halftime. After no 3-pointers in the first quarter, Presley Wascom and Kate Petrovic each hit a triple in the second. Tay Cannon also got on the board with four points in the period.
After the halftime break, however, the tide started to shift in Concordia’s favor. Hansberry hit a 3 to put Loyola up 10 points with a minute gone in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs rattled off 10-straight to tie it at 35-35 three minutes later. The teams would trade baskets for the remainder of the quarter, with Concordia holding a one-point lead going into the fourth.
Presley Wascom knocked down her second trey of the game near the start of the fourth quarter, but the final period was controlled by the Bulldogs. Concordia outscored Loyola 23-7 in the frame, closing out the game on a 9-0 scoring run to secure their spot in the Round of 16.
With just two losses during the season, the 2020-21 Wolf Pack team set a new record for fewest losses in a season in program history.
Kennedy Hansberry led the Wolf Pack with 13 points Saturday, shooting 5-of-11 from the field and dishing out a game-high four assists.
Chelsea Gray was two points away from a double-double. She had eight points and 10 rebounds, marking the eighth time this season she’s reached double-digit boards.
Kate Petrovic blocked a career-high two shots. She also hit two triples, her highest total of the season.
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