SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 29, 2012) -- With 11 of 12 players on the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) squad putting points on the board, the Saints overpowered the Lady Celts from the University of St. Thomas to a 110-78 victory.
The win keeps the Saints undefeated with a 6-0 record and 1-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference. St. Thomas drops to 3-5 and 1-1 in the conference.
Head Coach Christopher Minner said, "They (St. Thomas) came out fired up to play. They played really well in the first 8-10 minutes, but if you're going to run with us, that's what we do. I am happy with the win."
The Saints welcomed another career performance by senior Alisha Crump (pictured at left) just a week after being named conference player of the week resulting from her sixth double-double in a game against Texas A&M International University. Last night, Crump scored her career best 31 points, but missed an all-time OLLU record of 32 points scored in a single game set by former Saints players Krystal Manning and Stacey Darnley. However, she did set the all-time OLLU record of field goals made in a single game after making 14-of-17 from the field and her 82 percent shooting is OLLU's second best in four seasons.
The Saints led once in the first seven minutes of the game until a pair of free throws from sophomore Nashae Owens gave them the lead at 19-17. The teams tied two more times before the Saints took back the lead at the ninth minute and they never looked back. A recovered turnover from Crump set up a 19-4 run for the Saints to give them the 43-29 lead with five minutes remaining in the half.
Freshman Alyssa Browne (pictured at right) checked into the game with two minutes remaining in the period. Senior Nikkia Davis stole the ball after an inbound from St. Thomas' Emily Sebo and passed it to Browne who drove it down the court. A slick pass to Crump gave the Saints a 19-point lead. With under a minute to go, a 3-pointer from Browne gave the Saints their biggest lead of the game at 62-38. A foul from Her'shiira Boone-Rodgers on Owens was enough to knock loose her hair up-do. Owens missed both of her free throws, and she subsequently fouled Boone-Rodgers, who then made one of two from the line to end the half with the Saints 64-43 lead.
The Saints never took a less than double-digit lead throughout the second half. With less than five minutes remaining in the game, they hit the century mark at 101-70. A field goal from Sequestiny O'Neil (pictured at left) gave the Saints their biggest lead of the game at 107-72. The game ended with the Saints 110-78 win.
Aside from Crump's 31 points, junior Chelsea Solis scored 21 points, including 7-of-13 from the field, 4-of-7 from 3-point range and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Both Owens and Nelly Flores (pictured at right) scored 12 points, with Flores adding nine rebounds, three assists and five steals, and Owens adding eight rebounds, four assists and one steal. The team shot 49 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and 65 percent from the charity stripe.
For the Lady Celts, Amber Arceneaux-Frances scored 20 points and recorded 14 rebounds. St. Thomas shot 47 percent from the field, 29 percent from 3-point range and 60 percent from the free-throw line.
The Saints will be on the road for their next three conference games. On Saturday, they will be in New Mexico to play the University of the Southwest. On Dec. 3, the Saints will take on Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, and on Dec. 8, the Saints will be in Austin to play Huston-Tillotson University.
Saints Reporter Ana Federico interviewed Head Coach Christopher Minner after the game.