SHREVEPORT, LA. (Jan. 7, 2013) -- Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball Head Coach Christopher Minner said Monday's night's victory over Louisiana State University – Shreveport (LSUS) was his team's "best win of the year, so far."
The Saints – the No. 19 ranked team in the NAIA – crushed the Lady Pilots 82-52 to improve to 7-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference and 14-1 overall. LSUS, the No. 17 ranked team in the NAIA, fall to 10-3 overall and 5-2 in conference. OLLU is ½ a game behind league leaders Wiley College (13-1/7-0) and Texas Wesleyan University (12-3/8-1). LSUS is two games behind the lead.
Minner went on to say, "It was a great team response to our loss against Wiley on Saturday. Defensive and rebounding efforts were excellent in the second half. We shot the ball well and were very disciplined."
The Saints had control of the game at tip-off but were unable to take advantage in scoring as the Lady Pilots took an 11-2 lead. Three-pointers from sophomore Nashae Owens and junior Chelsea Solis put the Saints back into contention within two minutes to take the 18-16 lead. From that point on, the Saints dominated the court forcing 11 turnovers and successfully connecting on very similar shooting opportunities.
After a 44-39 half-time lead, the Saints continued to prove their power both inside and beyond the arc to pull ahead by 16 points with less than 13 minutes remaining in the game. OLLU committed just five turnovers in the second half, which together with the five from the first half, were the team's least amount of turnovers in a game all year.
With seven minutes remaining in the game, the Saints had turned their teen lead to the twenties, and a 3-pointer from Nelly Flores gave the Saints a 31-point lead. An LSUS free throw ended the game with the Saints' 82-52 win. The loss was the worst defeat for LSUS since 2004, when they lost to NSU by 35 points.
The Saints and Lady Pilots took about the same amount of field goals in the game, but the Saints were able to connect on 32-of-65 for 49 percent, while the Lady Pilots hit just 19-of-60 for 32 percent. LSUS grabbed one more free throw than the Saints to finish at 71 percent (10-14) compared to OLLU's 64 percent (9-14). The Saints made 9-of- 24 3-pointers for 37 percent, and the Lady Pilots made 4-of-20 for 20 percent.
Crump finished with her ninth double-double of her career and third of the season after scoring 18 points and adding 10 rebounds. Nikkia Davis scored 15 points and added six assists, six steals and six rebounds. Chelsea Solis finished with 12 points, while Owens added 11 points. Two Lady Pilots finished in double digits – Jenna Diakos, 16 points, and Sharde Henry, 15 points.
OLLU returns home to continue its conference schedule on Thursday. The Saints will face Southwestern Assemblies of God University at 5:30 p.m. SAGU is playing its last season in the conference, as it plans to move to the Sooner Athletic Conference for the 2013-2014 season.