HOUSTON, TEXAS (Feb. 7, 2013) -- Mercedes Dobson scored 24 points to lead the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team to a 95-71 win over the University of St. Thomas Thursday evening.
The win moves the Saints to 23-1 overall and 16-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference, while St. Thomas drops to 13-12 overall and 9-8 in the conference. The first-place Saints are two games ahead of LSU-Shreveport (18-3/13-2) and two and a 1/2 games ahead of Wiley College (18-3/12-2). Texas Wesleyan University (17-7/12-5) follows at four games behind and St. Thomas and Huston-Tillotson University are both in fifth place and seven games behind.
Saints sophomore Nashae Owens put her team on the board first, but St. Thomas followed quickly to take the 4-2 lead. The Lady Celts would never lead again as OLLU began building its lead to as much as 20 points with six minutes remaining in the period. At the buzzer, the Saints led 52-39.
The Saints continued to dominate in the second period with their biggest lead of 28 points. The closest the Lady Celts would get was 14 points with five minutes left in the game. The game ended with the Saints 95-71 win.
The Saints shot 44 percent from the field, connecting on 36-of-82. From 3-point range, they shot 39 percent, connecting on 14-of-16, and from the free-throw line, the Saints made 9-of-13 for 70 percent.
The Lady Celts shot 42 percent from the field, 10 percent from 3-point range and 77 percent from the free-throw line. They committed 22 turnovers, while the Saints gave the ball up 17 times.
Dobson's 24 points included 9-of-20 from the field and 6-of-12 from 3-point range. She also added six rebounds, two assists and three steals. Chelsea Solis scored 18 points, while Nikkia Davis (pictured at right) scored 14 and added 12 assists, six steals and eight rebounds. Owens finished with 15 points and Treshenia Solomon ended with 10 points.
St. Thomas' Gaby Guzman scored 28 points, and Amber Arceneaux-Francis finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
OLLU will return home to host Wiley College on Saturday at 2 p.m. Wiley is the only loss the Saints has suffered this season. In Marshall on Jan. 5, the Saints lost 87-90. OLLU is currently ranked No. 19 in the NAIA Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, while the Lady Wildcats dropped to No. 22.