HOUSTON (Jan. 10, 2014) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team overpowered the University of St. Thomas to win 76-40.
The Saints move to 2-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference and 10-1 overall, while the Celts drop to 1-4 and 6-9 overall.
Head Coach Christopher Minner commented, "I am happy with the win, but I think we could have played better. We won on rebounds, but just by seven, so we could have improved defensively. But overall, it was a good win for us."
OLLU Saints Reporter Martin Hansson interviewed Head Coach Christopher Minner after the game.
The first half was tough for the Saints as the Lady Celts took a 6-0 lead. Saints senior Ornela Bacchini scored the team's first basket after three minutes had passed. Nashae Owens then sank a 3-pointer to move to 6-5. By the 13th minute, a layup by Sam Offord gave the Saints the 11-10 lead. After going back and forth for the next four minutes with the lead, Saints' Chelsea Solis made a 3-pointer to take the 20-17 lead, and the Saints did not look back for the rest of the game. OLLU embarked on a 12-0 run to increase the score to 35-23. The Celts moved to within eight points at the buzzer to end the half trailing the Saints 35-27.
The second half was pure OLLU as the Saints scored the first 10 points to lead 45-27 with 16 minutes left in the game. Eight minutes later, the Saints lead moved to 30 at 61-31 and after five minutes, that lead moved to 40 at 76-36. The Celts scored the last two baskets and the game ended with the Saints winning 76-40.
The Saints shot 37 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range and 53 percent from the free-throw line. They forced 34 turnovers while committing 20. The Celts shot 30 percent from the field, 50 percent from the free-throw line and they made no 3-pointers.
Solis scored 14 points including four threes. Bacchini scored 11 points and she added 11 rebounds. Owens also scored 11 points.
UST's Chelsea Davis was the only one on her team to score in double digits as she finished with 16 points.
The Saints will travel to Dallas on Saturday to play a nonconference game against Paul Quinn University.