MARSHALL, TEXAS (March 7, 2014) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team lost in the semifinals round of the Red River Athletic Conference to Huston-Tillotson University 58-70. The Saints will begin preparing for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) DI Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament that takes place March 19-25 in Frankfort, Ky. Because the Saints were the No. 1 seed in the regular season, they earned an automatic bid to the tournament.
Head Coach Christopher Minner said, "We have to give credit to HTU for playing a great game. They played with high energy and passion. We just didn't play with great effort. Hopefully we will play better in Kentucky."
Huston-Tillotson University started the game with enormous energy and the Lady Rams never let down as the powered through the first half. The Saints had their highest lead of four in the beginning period, but after 17 minutes had passed, the Lady Rams took over and continued to dominate through the rest of the game. Half-time score was 39-23 in favor of the Lady Rams. The second half saw the Saint score four more points than the Lady Rams, but it was not enough to make an impact. The game ended with HTU winning 70-58.
No one on the OLLU team scored in double-digits. Lauren Rubio and Rebecca Kolawole finished with nine points, while Courtney Bayliss, Chelsea Solis, Mercedes Dobson and Sam Offord each scored eight points. Rubio added four assists and three steals.
The Saints shot 28 percent from the field, making 22-of-79; 25 percent from 3-point range, making 7-of-28; and 54 percent from the free-throw line, making 7-of-13. The Saints were out-rebounded 47-50 and they committed 17 turnovers while forcing 22.
Huston-Tillotson's Ariel Callis scored 21 points, while teammates Trazhazia Webb and Jasmine Dukes added 12 points. Shaniqua Thomas scored 10 points for her team.
The Lady Rams shot 47 percent from the field, making 30-of-64; 29 percent from 3-point range, making 5-of-17; and 83 percent from the free-throw line, making 5-of-6 free throws.
The NAIA will announce the 32-team pairings for the NAIA Division I women's tournament on March 12 at 7 p.m. The video will appear on NAIA.org roughly five minutes prior to the start of the show.