SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 15, 2012) -- Nikkia Davis scored 17 points, Nashae Owens added 13 points and Lauren Rubio tallied a career-high 11 points to lead the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team to its 10th consecutive win on Saturday afternoon.
The 76-45 victory over Jarvis Christian College moves the Saints to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference. Jarvis drops to 2-7 overall and 2-5 in the conference. The 19th nationally ranked Saints are ½ a game behind league-leader Wiley, which is 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the conference. Texas Wesleyan University is ½ a game behind OLLU with a 9-2 overall and 5-1 conference record. LSU-Shreveport, which is 17th ranked, is 1 ½ games behind with a 9-2 overall and 4-1 conference record.
Head Coach Christopher Minner said, "Their (Jarvis) zone gave us trouble in the beginning, and we came out flat after a week off and with finals. But our defense sparked us and got us going."
Saints freshman forward Nelly Flores put the first points on the board after she drained a 3-pointer. Jarvis' Ivory Russell added a jumper, and the score remained 3-2 for more than four minutes. Junior Chelsea Solis broke through with a 3-pointer to take the Saints to 6-2 and a 7-0 run to lead 13-2. The Saints continued to pull farther ahead as time ran out in the first half. The Saints took a 45-24 half-time lead.
During the first period, the Saints forced 25 turnovers and kept the Lady Bulldogs to a field goal percentage of 37.
The Saints continued to dominate in the second half with contributions from Mercedes Dobson (pictured at right), Alyssa Browne, Stephanie Nunez (pictured at left), Stacey Rodriguez and Sequestiny O'Neal. O'Neal gave the Saints their biggest lead of the afternoon after she sank a field goal to take the Saints to 64-31. The game ended with the Saints winning 76-45.
Minner said, "I'm glad we were able to play a lot of people, who work hard in practice but don't get to play often."
The Saints shot 42 percent from the field connecting on 30-of-72 shots, 29 percent from 3-point range with 8-of-28 and 73 percent from the free-throw line with 8-of-11 shots.
The Lady Bulldogs shot 31 percent from the field on 16-of-51 shots, 18 percent from 3-point range with 3-of-17 and 77 percent from the free-throw line with 10-of-13 shots.
The Saints forced 41 turnovers, while giving the ball up 26 times.
The Saints will return to Mabee Gymnasium to host Texas College tonight at 5:30 p.m. The Saints have won four out of six matchups against Texas. In 2010, the Saints won 81-72 and lost 68-79. In 2011, the Saints won 80-65 and lost 93-101, and last season, the Saints won both games, 92-56 and 89-55.
Saints Reporter Michael Thompson interviewed Coach Minner after his team beat Jarvis on Dec. 15.