HOBBS, N.M. (Dec. 1, 2012) -- Freshmen Nelly Flores and Alyssa Browne led the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team to a 41-point win over the University of the Southwest.
The Saints' 94-53 victory moves them to 7-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference while Southwest drops to 3-6 and 0-1 in the conference.
Head Coach Christopher Minner said, "We had a good second half, and we got to play a lot of people. We are starting to shoot well from the outside. Nelly and Alyssa both played well. They are tough to defend because they can shoot inside and outside. They are both getting better every day. Pretty good freshmen to have."
The Saints took control at tip-off and never trailed leading by as much as 13 in the first half. Junior Chelsea Solis ran the offense scoring 12 points in the first period while Nikkia Davis recorded five rebounds and five assists. Turnovers were even during the first period with the Saints committing 12 while forcing 13 on the Mustangs.
The second half started with the Saints taking more of a commanding lead as Flores began to add points to her seven from the first half. With five minutes remaining in the game, the Saints took their biggest lead of the game at 86-48. A 3-pointer from Stephanie Nunez with 47 seconds left in the game gave the Saints their 41-point lead and 94-53 win.
OLLU shot 44 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3-point range and 58 percent from the charity stripe, while Southwest shot 22 percent from the field, 24 percent from 3-point range and 65 percent from the free throw line. The Saints forced 26 turnovers, while committing 16 and they scored 32 points off those 16 turnovers.
Flores finished with a career high 23 points, including 10-of-13 from the field and 2-of-2 from 3-point range. Browne (pictured at right) added a career-high 12 points.
The Saints will continue their conference schedule in Fort Worth on Monday as they play Texas Wesleyan University.
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