|LSU Alexandria (La.) 0-2, 0-1||40||47||87|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX) 4-2, 1-0||47||51||98|
|Dec. 5, 2014|
|San Antonio, TX|
|LSU Alexandria (La.)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|#3 Taylor Maricle - 17||Points||#13 Courtney Bayliss - 26|
|#33 Bianca Harvey - 14||Rebounds||#13 Courtney Bayliss - 11|
|#4 Reagan Maricle - 6||Assists||3 Players - 3|
|LSU Alexandria (La.)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|38.8% (31 - 80)||Field Goals %||43.1% (31 - 72)|
|25% (6 - 24)||3 Point Field Goals %||23.8% (5 - 21)|
|59.4% (19 - 32)||Free Throws||75.6% (31 - 41)|
|17||2nd Chance Pts||15|
SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 5, 2014) – Courtney Bayliss (SR/Perth, Western Australia) led the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team to its first Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) win of the season defeating LSU-Alexandria (LSUA) 98-87.
The win moves the Saints to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the RRAC, while the Generals drop to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in conference.
HISTORY: This is the first matchup against brand-new RRAC member LSUA, which is playing its inaugural season this year.
BASICS: The game was close throughout the first half with the Saints heading into the locker room with a seven-point lead. Both teams shot more than 40 field goals but neither made more than 38 percent of them. OLLU's Taylor Hamilton (JR/Faifield, Calif.) was the only player in double-digit scoring in the first half – she made 5-of-6 of her field goals for 10 points.
LEAD CHANGES: The Generals took the first lead of the game, but the Saints quickly came back to take the lead. The teams would exchange turns tying and leading the game. By the eight-minute mark, the teams had already tied nine times. After the ninth tie, the Saints went on a 7-2 run to lead 36-29. The Saints kept the lead through the end of the game with their biggest margin at 18 with 13 minutes left in the competition.
THE STORY ON OFFENSE: Bayliss was the game's leading scorer with 26 points, including 9-of-21 from the field, 2-of-10 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. Hamilton added 16 points, including 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Overall the Saints shot 31-of-72 from the field, 5-of-21 from 3-point range and 31-of-41 from the free-throw line.
The Generals had six players score in double-digits. Coming off the bench, Taylor Maricle led her team with 17 points, while Kayla Morgan added 14 as a reserve. Starter Precious Jefferson also scored 14 points, while Reagan Maricle finished with 11. Lawrell Dobbins and Bianca Harvey each scored 10 points off the bench. The team made 31-of-80 from the field, 6-of-24 from the 3-point line and 19-of-32 from the charity stripe.
MUCH NEEDED HELP: OLLU's Bayliss, Kim Munoz (JR/Mesa, Ariz.), and Julia Rendon (FR/San Antonio, Texas) contributed three assists each, while Bayliss, Victoria Turner (SR/West Sacramento, Calif.) and Munoz added three steals each. Overall the Saints had 15 assists and 15 steals.
For the Generals, Regan Maricle finished with six assists, while Taylor Maricle added four steals. The team finished with 17 assists and 10 steals.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: The Saints won the battle with 53 rebounds, 34 on defense. Bayliss led the way with 11, seven on defense. Sonji Green (JR/Fresno, Calif.) added eight rebounds, five on defense.
The Generals recorded 49 rebounds, 28 on defense. Bianca Harvey led her team with 14 boards, nine on offense.
NEGATIVES: The Saints committed 25 fouls compared to 31 for the Generals. OLLU also finished with 25 turnovers while forcing 24 on the Generals.
COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH CHRISTOPHER MINNER:
UP NEXT: The Saints will host LSU-Shreveport on Saturday. The teams have played 12 times since 2009 and have won seven. In 2009, the Saints lost 46-44. In 2010-2011, the Saints won 69-56 and 73-65. In the postseason, the Saints lost 66-48. In the 2011-2012 season, the Saints lost 71-54 and 85-71, and won 76-73 in the postseason. In 2012-2013, the Saints won 82-52 and 79-59 and 75-63 in the postseason. Last season, the Saints lost 84-71 and won 85-69. The team won its conference opener tonight against Huston-Tillotson University 80-59.