SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 17, 2012) -- Speed once again helped the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team to its 11th consecutive win of the season Monday night. The 113-63 win over Texas College was the Saints' largest margin of victory in the Red River Athletic Conference in four years.
OLLU is now 11-0 overall and 6-0 in conference, while Texas drops to 2-12 and 1-7 in conference. The 19th NAIA-ranked Saints are tied for first place with Wiley College (12-1/6-0), and ½ a game behind is Texas Wesleyan University (10-2/6-1). LSU-Shreveport, the 17th ranked team in the NAIA, is 9-2 and 4-1 in conference.
Head Coach Christopher Minner said, "We knew they were going to zone us, so that's what we worked on the last few practices. We did what we were supposed to do. And, I am glad that we got to play everyone, and I'm glad they can go home for the Christmas break undefeated."
Stacey Rodriguez scored five points for the Saints.
The Saints hit the court running at full speed forcing five turnovers and logging seven points on the board before the Lady Steers could catch their breath and sink a 3-pointer, their only one of the half.
Despite the scoring frenzy for the Saints, the Lady Steers continued to give it their all in an attempt to break the Saints energy. Players on both sides were feeling the intensity as Chelsea Solis left the game after getting her eye poked, and Nikkia Davis had to step off the court after a hit to the face drew blood.
With the Saints up 20-5, Texas College called a timeout but Jennifer Davison came back to the court for a steal that gave Nashae Owens the opportunity to run the ball down the field for a layup to go up 26-10. By the ninth minute, the Saints' lead increased to 20 and it continued to climb to 38 at the end of the half at 63-25.
Owens was the only player in double-digit points at the half with 17. The Saints kept the Lady Steers to 19 percent field goal shooting, and they scored half their points off free throws.
The Saints continued to cruise through the second half with every eligible player on the squad getting the opportunity to play. A field goal from Mercedes Dobson with a little more than six minutes remaining in the game gave the Saints their biggest lead of the evening at 58 to take them to 99-41. After that, the Lady Steers went on a 7-0 run to t
Sequestiny O'Neal scored 10 points for the Saints.
ake them to 99-48. The game ended with the Saints' 50-point win over Texas College at 113-63.
Owens missed her career high by one point as she finished with 23 points, adding three assists, five steals and five rebounds. Alyssa Browne recorded 12 points, while Solis and Jennifer Davison both scored 11 points. Davison added seven rebounds. Dobson and Sequestiny O'Neal both scored 10 points.
The Saints shot 50 percent from the field, 33 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free-throw line. The Lady Steers shot 24 percent from the field, 27 percent from 3-point range and 68 percent from the free throw line. They committed 29 turnovers, while forcing 22 on the Saints.
The Saints will be off through the Christmas season through Dec. 29, when they host Texas A&M International University.
Saints Reporter Michael Thompson interviewed Head Coach Christopher Minner after the Texas College game.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant