SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 18, 2014)– Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team continued its dominance on the court after its fourth 38-plus win in eight days. The Saints' 107-57 win over Texas College moves them to 13-1 overall and 4-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference. Texas College drops to 0-18 overall and 0-7 in conference.
Head Coach Christopher Minner said, "I thought we played with good intensity, plus we won the rebounding battle and our energy level stayed the same. Everyone knows we can shoot and press, so the key for us to win is to get those rebounds."
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Head Coach Christopher Minner after the game.
The Saints started the first half playing sloppy basketball with a string of turnovers and missed shots. The Lady Steers took advantage of that by leading through the first six minutes. A 3-pointer from Mercedes Dobson finally put the Saints ahead at 14-12. The Saints started to show why they are among the nation's leader in a variety of categories as they embarked on a 13-0 run to lead 27-12. After the Lady Steers scored eight points, the Saints returned to take a 20-point lead at 40-20 with less than six minutes left in the half. Despite their considerable lead, the Saints could not avoid turnovers as they committed nine while forcing just six more on the Lady Steers. The Saints closed out the half with the 56-29 lead.
The Saints returned to the court for the second period and continued to build on their lead. A 3-pointer from Courtney Bayliss gave the Saints to a 31-point lead after a minute had passed from the start of the period. Six minutes later, a 3-pointer from Sam Offord spun around the rim several times before going through the net to give the Saints a 40-point lead at 74-34. Another Saints' 3-pointer, this time from Sequestiny O'Neal, took the Saints to 107-56, and a free throw from Texas' Shirley McGowen ended the game with the Saints winning 107-57.
Every player on the Saints squad saw court time, and everyone put points on the board with Bayliss leading at 19 points including 6-of-15 from the field, 5-of-8 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. Nashae Owens followed with 16 points, five assists and two steals. Electra Roberts scored 12 points, while O'Neal finished with 10. Ornela Bacchini finished with 14 rebounds and nine points. The team shot 43 percent from the field, 32 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free-throw line. They forced 36 turnovers while committing 22.
Texas College shot 30 percent from the field, 19 percent from 3-point range and 62 percent from the free-throw line. McGowen led her team in scoring with 14.
The Saints will play their next game on the road in Austin on Tuesday. The Saints will take on. Huston-Tillotson University at 5:30 p.m.