Women’s basketball headed to second straight SSAC Tournament Championship

Ryan Micklin

Coming off a 70-64 victory over William Carey University on Sat., the No. 24 Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team enters the SSAC Championship as the No. 2 seed.

The Wolf Pack feature the most dangerous offense in the SSAC, leading the league at 69.41 points per game. Loyola ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage offense, while ranking third in both total rebounds and assists per game.

Loyola leads the conference in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to just 34% shooting from the floor.

Forward Meghan Temple leads the team in rebounding averaging nearly 7.8 rebounds per contest. She is also the top scorer for Loyola at the tournament, putting up 10.1 points per outing.

In her eighth season as a head coach at Loyola University, Coach Kellie Kennedy has accumulated a 166-75 (.689) overall mark. Loyola has qualified for the NAIA Tournament three times in the past four seasons and has recorded 20-plus wins six times during Kennedy’s tenure.

Last season, Loyola won a program best 87% of its games and recorded the second most wins the program history with 27. The Wolf Pack also achieved their highest ranking ever during the 2014-15 season, ranking as high as No. 4 nationally throughout year.

The Wolf Pack will play on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. against the winner of No. 7-seed Mobile (15-14, 9-9 SSAC) and No. 10-seed William Carey (8-16, 5-13 SSAC). Loyola is a perfect 2-0 against both of these teams this year.