|LSU Shreveport (La.) 3-3, 1-1||26||32||58|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX) 5-2, 2-0||48||61||109|
|Dec. 6, 2014|
|San Antonio, TX|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|#34 Kourtney Pennywell - 12||Points||2 Players (#12,#13) - 18|
|#33 Ariel Harrell - 8||Rebounds||#52 Vasiliki Tarlas - 9|
|#12 Sierra Contreras - 4||Assists||#24 Taylor Hamilton - 7|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|34% (18 - 53)||Field Goals %||52.6% (40 - 76)|
|44.4% (4 - 9)||3 Point Field Goals %||43.5% (10 - 23)|
|64.3% (18 - 28)||Free Throws||82.6% (19 - 23)|
|11||2nd Chance Pts||20|
SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 6, 2014) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team forced 37 turnovers while committing 18 in its crushing 109-58 win over Louisiana State University –Shreveport (LSUS) Saturday night.
The win moves the Saints to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference, while LSUS drops to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in conference.
HISTORY: The teams have faced each other 12 times since 2009 and have won eight including tonight's game. In the Pilots' wins over the Saints, their biggest margin of defeat has been 18 points and for the Saints, 30. Tonight's 51-point win marks the Saints' biggest margin of defeat over the Lady Pilots in six years.
BASICS: The Saints cruised by the Lady Pilots in most categories by more than double digits except for fouls where the Saints had 25 and the Lady Pilots had 23. In the first half, the Saints took two major runs – a 10-2 run and a 10-0 run; they took a 12-0 run in the second half. The Saints' biggest lead was 22 in the first half, while the Lady Pilots never led in the entire game. The Saints' defense also shut down LSUS allowing only one player to score in double-digits.
LEAD CHANGES: The Saints took the first lead of the game, and the teams tied twice before the Saints took back the lead for good. In the first half, the Saints led by as much as 22 at the three-minute mark and then again to close out the half at 48-26. In the second period, the Pilots got as close as 17 points, but the Saints just kept adding points to the board. With 48 seconds left in the game, OLLU's Nelly Flores (JR/Pharr, Texas) sank two free throws to give the Saints their biggest margin of 51 points. After a Lady Pilots' turnover, the game ended with the 109-58 win for the Saints.
THE STORY ON OFFENSE: OLLU's Courtney Bayliss (SR/Perth, Western Australia) and Sonji Green (JR/Fresno, Calif.) led the Saints in scoring with 18 points each. Bayliss shot 7-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range, while Green shot 7-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Victoria Turner (SR/West Sacramento, Calif.) and Taylor Hamilton (JR/Faifield, Calif.) each added 15 points for the Saints. Both sank 5-of-8 from the field, while Turner had one 3-pointer and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe and Hamilton had 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Coming off the bench, Flores had a season-high 11 points including 4-of-5 from the field, one 3-pointer and 2-of-2 free throws. The team's overall field goal shooting was 40-of-76 for 53 percent, 3-point shooting was 10-of-23 for 43 percent and free-throw shooting was 19-of-23 for 83 percent.
The Saints scored 41 points off turnovers, while LSUS made five. The Saints' bench also made major contributions scoring 37 points, while LSUS's bench scored 23. Twelve out of 13 OLLU players put points on the board.
The Lady Pilots had just one player in double-digits – Kourtney Pennywell scored 12 points, including 5-of-10 from the field and 2-of-5 free throws. The team shot 18-of-53 from the field for 34 percent and 18-of-28 from the free-throw line for 64 percent. All Lady Pilots' players scored.
MUCH NEEDED HELP: Taylor Hamilton led the Saints in assists with seven and in sterals with six. Overall, the team had 20 assists and 19 steals.
Sierra Contreras led the Lady Pilots in assists with four and in steals with two. Latarshia Hall also finished with two steals. Pennywell added three blocks. The team's overall assists were 10, steals were seven and blocks were three.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: The Saints won the battle with 43 rebounds, including 28 on defense. Vasiliki Tarlas (JR/Halkida, Greece) led the way with nine rebounds, seven on defense.
LSUS finished with 36 rebounds, 23 on defense. Ariel Harrell led her team with eight rebounds, four on defense.
NEGATIVES: The Saints forced 37 turnovers, while committing 18. They also committed 25 fouls, and LSUS had 23.
COMMENTS FROM THE HEAD COACH CHRISTOPHER MINNER:
UP NEXT: The Saints will travel to East Texas for their next two road games. On Dec. 12, the Saints will face Paul Quinn College in Dallas, and on Dec, 13, they will be in Tyler to play Texas College. The Saints have won all previous eight matchups against Paul Quinn and eight of 10 against Texas College. The two losses came in 2010 by the score of 79-68 and in 2011 by the score of 101-93.
Paul Quinn is currently 0-4 overall and Texas College is 1-6 overall and 1-1 in conference.