SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 14, 2013) -- Freshman Nelly Flores' 22 points led the way for Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team's 92-68 win over Bacone College Monday night in Mabee Gymnasium.
The victory sends the Saints to 17-1 overall and 10-1 conference records and ½ a game behind league-leader Wiley College (15-1/10-0). LSU-Shreveport (13-3/8-2) follows at two games behind, while Texas Wesleyan University (12-5/8-3) is two and a ½ games behind first place.
Head Coach Christopher Minner said, "Bacone shot the 3 very well, but I thought we came out with a lot of energy. We did what we were supposed to do, and we got to play those who typically come off the bench."
The game tipped off with regular starters, Treshenia Solomon, Nikkia Davis, Chelsea Solis, Nashae Owens and Alisha Crump, but they were subbed out after the Saints took a commanding 37-5 lead after just eight minutes. The Saints still kept up their vigor never relenting on their 30+ lead through the end of the half. A 3-pointer from Saints' Mercedes Dobson was blocked by Bacone's Myriah Hadnot at the buzzer with the Saints leading 63-29.
OLLU shot 58 percent from the field, while Bacone made 8-of-25 field goals for 32 percent. Flores was the game's leading scorer at the half with 13.
The second half saw the Saints increase their lead to 36 at 67-31. The runaway game continued as the Saints kept up their intensity. With four minutes remaining in the period, Sequestiny O'Neal grabbed the ball away from a Bacone player for a breakaway play that drew a deafening cheer from Saints fans to give the team the 86-58 lead.
With less than a minute left in the game, Flores committed her fifth foul, and she came out with 22 points for the Saints. She connected on 9-of-14 from the field, 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 1of-2 from the free throw line. She also had six rebounds and four steals as the Saints won 92-68.
Solomon added a perfect 5-of-5 from the field for 10 points for the Saints. Both Solis and Alyssa Browne scored nine points and added five rebounds.
The Saints shot 47 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3-point range and 61 percent from the free-throw line. They committed 16 turnovers while forcing 28 on Bacone. Bacone shot 38 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 50 percent from the free throw line. High scorers for the Lady Warriors were Danielle Reed with 15 points and Myriah Hadnot with 10.
OLLU will host the University of the Southwest on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Saints have lost one and won five against Southwest since 2010. Southwest is currently 6-14 overall and 3-8 in the conference. The Lady Mustangs are seven and a ½ games behind the lead.
Saints Reporter Michael Thompson interviewed Coach Minner after the game.
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