|Our Lady of the Lake (TX)||49||53||102|
|LSU Alexandria (La.)||44||31||75|
|Jan. 30, 2015|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX)||Indv. Leaders||LSU Alexandria (La.)|
|#24 Taylor Hamilton - 23||Points||#23 Pearl Paulo - 14|
|#13 Courtney Bayliss - 10||Rebounds||#33 Bianca Harvey - 5|
|#24 Taylor Hamilton - 3||Assists||#4 Reagan Maricle - 12|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX)||Team Statistics||LSU Alexandria (La.)|
|50.7% (34 - 67)||Field Goals %||37.8% (28 - 74)|
|35.3% (6 - 17)||3 Point Field Goals %||21.7% (5 - 23)|
|80% (28 - 35)||Free Throws||63.6% (14 - 22)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||8|
ALEXANDRIA, LA. (Jan. 30, 2015) – The Our lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team grabbed a 27-point win over LSU-Alexandria (LSUA) to sweep the teams' series this season. The 102-75 win for the Saints moves them to 16-4 overall and 10-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference while LSUA drops to 8-6 overall and 6-5 in conference.
For the first time this season, the NAIA's No. 13 Saints lead the conference by ½ a game despite Langston University getting the forfeit win against Paul Quinn College tonight. The Lady Lions – the No. 7 team in the NAIA – is now 18-1 overall and 9-1 in conference.
COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH CHRISTOPHER MINNER: "It was a good road win. It was one of the best rebounding games of the year for us. We played better on defense in the second half. We shot well from the free-throw line. We just need to play well tomorrow and stay focused. But any road win is a good win for us."
HISTORY: The Saints have played the Generals just once before – on Dec. 5, and the Saints beat them 98-87 at home. The Generals are playing their first season in the Red River.
BASICS: The Saints outplayed the Generals on almost every category. They led on offense with 51 percent shooting and recorded 52 points in the paint, while getting 11 points on second-chance shooting. They also took advantage of turnovers by converting them to 24 points.
LEAD CHANGES: The Saints trailed at the beginning of the game until the score got to 6-7 and OLLU's Sonji Green (JR/Fresno, Calif.)'s field goal gave the Saints the 8-7 lead. The Generals came back to regain the lead to 13-8, and a 3-pointer from Courtney Bayliss (SR/Perth, Western Australia) took the Saints to 11-13 at the 15-minute mark. The Saints continued to struggle falling behind by six at 19-13, but a pair of 3-pointers from Jessika Montalvo (JR/Naples, Fla.) tied the score at 19. OLLU's Victoria Turner (SR/West Sacramento, Calif.) gave the Saints the 21-19 lead, but LSUA's Kayla Morgan took the score to 22-21 on a 3-pointer. After a field goal by Green, Montalvo sank another 3-pointer to give the Saints the 26-22 lead with 11 minutes left in the half. The game tied again at 26, and Pearlrae Thomas (JR/San Antonio, Texas)' free-throw gave the Saints the 27-26 lead. Bayliss took the game to 29-26, and Montalvo's field goal gave the Saints the 31-26 lead with nine minutes left in the first half. The Saints kept the lead through the five-minute mark when the game tied at 38. A 3-pointer from Bayliss gave the Saints the 41-38 lead, and the Saints continued to lead through the end of the half at 49-45.
The Saints pulled farther ahead in the second half. At the 16th minute the Saints took their biggest lead of the game at 61-51. OLLU closed out the half and the game with a 27-point win at 100-76 – their eighth 100-plus win of the season.
THE STORY ON OFFENSE: After having to leave the Saints last home game early in the first half with an injury, starting point guard Taylor Hamilton (JR/Faifield, Calif.) came back this evening to be the Saints' leading scorer with 23 points – a career high. She made 9-of-11 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. Bayliss added 20 points, making 7-of-15 from the field, 2-of-7 from 3-point range, and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. Jessika Montalvo scored 16 points, including 4-of-9 from the field, 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 5-of-8 free throws. Green added 14 points, including 6-7 from the field and 2-of-2 free throws. Turner scored 11 points, including 4-of-13 from the field, 1-of-3 from 3-point range and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. Overall the team shot 51 percent from the field for 34-of-67, 35 percent from 3-point range for 6-of-17 and 80 percent from the free-throw line for 28-of-35.
LSUA's Pearl Paulo scored 14 points, while teammates Precious Jefferson added 11 and Kayla Morgan, 10. Overall the team shot 38 percent from the field for 28-of-74, 22 percent from 3-point range for 5-of-23 and 64 percent from the charity stripe for 13-of-22.
MUCH NEEDED HELP: OLLU's Hamilton recorded three assists and overall the team finished with 12.
LSUA's Reagan Maricle finished with 12 assists, and the team recorded 20.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: This was one of the Saints' best rebounding games this season. Overall the team recorded 53 rebounds, 15 on offense and 38 on defense. Bayliss led the way with 10 and Green added seven.
LSUA finished with 38 rebounds, 12 on offense and 26 on defense. Leading the way for the Generals was Bianca Harvey, who had five boards.
NEGATIVES: The Saints committed 23 turnovers, while forcing 20 on the Generals. However, they were able to score 24 points off those turnovers, while LSUA scored just 13. The Saints committed 25 personal fouls compared to 30 for the Generals.
UP NEXT: The Saints will remain in Louisiana to face LSU-Shreveport on Saturday, Jan. 31. The teams have faced each other 12 times since 2009 and have won eight including a game earlier this season. In the Pilots' wins over the Saints, their biggest margin of defeat has been 18 points and for the Saints, 30. Dec. 6's 51-point win over the Pilots marked the Saints' biggest margin of defeat over the Lady Pilots in six years.