SHREVEPORT, LA. (Jan. 25, 2014) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team fell to Louisiana State University – Shreveport Saturday night to record its first conference loss of the season.
The Saints drop to 6-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference and 15-2 overall, while LSU-S improves to 7-2 and 14-5 overall. The Saints – the No. 11 team in the NAIA – along with LSU, is one game behind league-leader and No. 13 ranked Wiley College (8-1/18-2).
The Saints trailed for the first part of the half until a 3-pointer from Nashae Owens gave the Saints the 16-15 lead. The teams tied five times before the Lady Pilots embarked on a 9-2 lead that ended the half with the Saints trailing 30-37.
The Lady Pilots continued their dominance in the second half as they led by as much as 15 points at 49-34 with 15 minutes left in the game. OLLU's Sam Offord took the game back to single digits at 50-59, but the Lady Pilots climbed back up to lead 67-57 with less than nine minutes remaining. The game ended with the Lady Pilots winning 84-71.
Owens led the team in scoring with 19, including 5-of-13 from the field, 2-of-6 3-pointers and 7-of-8 free throws. She added six assists and three steals. Rebecca Kolawole scored 18 points, while Mercedes Dobson finished with 10 points. OLLU shot 33 percent from the field, 25 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent from the free throw line.
LSU's Jenna Diakos scored 29 points for her team, while adding 10 rebounds. Byroneshia Santiago scored 22 points and added 15 rebounds, and teammate Victoria Smith scored 13 points and recorded 11 rebounds. The team shot 53 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free throw line.
The Saints will return home to host Langston University on Friday and Bacone College on Saturday. Game times for both days are 5:30 p.m.