Women’s basketball earns second straight SSAC Tournament title

Ryan Micklin

The No. 2 seeded Wolf Pack took on the No. 4 seed Martin Methodist College in the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship.

It was a back and forth affair early on as the Wolf Pack trailed 21-20 after the first quarter.

At the half, Martin Methodist hit a buzzer-beater that sent both teams to the locker rooms tied at 35 each.

The third quarter had both teams struggling to build a lead larger than three points. Down 46-44, the Wolf Pack managed to gain some momentum as they ended out the third quarter on a 5-0 run that gave them a 49-46 lead heading into the final ten minutes of play.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Loyola finally managed to take control of the game as they put together an 11-2 run that gave them a 60-51 lead with 4:03 remaining. The Wolf Pack held Martin Methodist College to eight points in the final minutes to earn the 69-59 victory.

In three victories, Loyola led the tournament with 41.7 rebounds per game, while ranking second in scoring offense (70 points/game) and field goal percentage offense (.403).

Forward Caroline Gonzalez led the Wolf Pack with a career-high 23 points and was named tournament MVP. Gonzalez was averaging 14 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.