SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 21, 2013) -- Treshenia Solomon set a 2012-2013 season NAIA individual game high record for rebounds with 27 as the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team stormed through a 79-56 win over Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) Monday night.
The Saints improve to 19-1 overall and 12-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference, while Texas Wesleyan drops to 12-7 and 8-5 overall. OLLU, the No. 23-ranked team in the NAIA Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, is now tied with No. 18-ranked Wiley College (17-1/11-0) for first place in the conference.
Head Coach Christopher Minner said, "It was a great effort tonight. The ladies played really hard, and T (Solomon) had an outstanding game. I am really proud of everyone's focus and effort tonight."
The Saints came on the court power-driven to take control early on, but costly fouls gave the Lady Rams the opportunity to come back with six minutes left in the half at 25-24. However, the TWU lead lasted just one basket, as the Saints retained command to close out the period with the 35-31 lead.
Solomon, already with 19 rebounds to begin the second half, retrieved a failed shot from TWU's Kayla McCray for her 20th board. At the 14th minute, she added her 10th point to earn her third double-double of the season. The Saints, now up by 13 at 49-36, continued to break down any opportunity the Lady Rams tried to muster. With less than two minutes left in the competition, the Saints took their biggest lead at 79-52, and after a pair of failed foul shots from TWU's Audrianna Simpson, the game ended with the Saints' 79-56 win.
Alongside her 27 rebounds – 10 on offense and 17 on defense -- Solomon added 17 points. She broke the Saints' previous career-high record for a single game of 17 total rebounds set by Alisha Crump in 2010, and the career-high record for a single game of nine offensive rebounds set by Jasmine Fuller in 2011 and tied by Ashley Hicks in 2012.
Nashae Owens was OLLU's high scorer with 21 points, and she added three assists, eight rebounds and five steals. Nikkia Davis (pictured at top right) ended with 19 points, eight assists, four steals and five rebounds. Chelsea Solis (pictured at left) scored 12 points, and added four rebounds and three steals.
The Saints shot 36 percent from the field, 20 percent from 3-point range and 56 percent from the free throw line. They committed 12 turnovers while forcing 26 on the Lady Rams. The Saints were able to score 31 points off those turnovers.
TWU's high scorer was Carneisha Sims, who finished with 15 points. Her team shot 36 percent from the field, 20 percent from 3-point range and 56 percent from the free throw line.
The Saints will return to Mabee Gymnasium on Jan. 28 to play Huston-Tillotson University at 5:30 p.m. In the teams' first match up this season, the Saints won 85-55. Huston-Tillotson is 9-13 overall and 7-6 in the conference and is five games behind the lead.
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Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant