|Our Lady of the Lake (TX) 16-4, 10-1 RRAC||33||35||68|
|LSU Shreveport (La.) 11-8, 7-4 RRAC||35||45||80|
|Jan. 31, 2015|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX)||Indv. Leaders||LSU Shreveport (La.)|
|#4 Kim Munoz - 14||Points||#34 Kourtney Pennywell - 28|
|#22 Jessika Montalvo - 10||Rebounds||#34 Kourtney Pennywell - 14|
|#22 Jessika Montalvo - 4||Assists||#12 Sierra Contreras - 6|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX)||Team Statistics||LSU Shreveport (La.)|
|34.8% (24 - 69)||Field Goals %||46.9% (30 - 64)|
|14.3% (3 - 21)||3 Point Field Goals %||21.4% (3 - 14)|
|56.7% (17 - 30)||Free Throws||56.7% (17 - 30)|
|11||2nd Chance Pts||5|
SHREVEPORT, LA. (Jan. 31, 2015) – The Our lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team suffered its first loss in eight games tonight at the hands of LSU-Shreveport (LSUS). The 80-68 defeat drops the Saints to 16-5 overall and 10-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference. The Lady Pilots improve to 12-8 overall and 8-4 in conference. The Saints and Wiley College (15-2/10-2) are ½ a game behind league-leader Langston University (19-1/10-1). LSUS is two and a ½ games behind first place.
COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH CHRISTOPHER MINNER: "We got outplayed tonight. Hats off to LSUS for how well they handled our press. We did not shoot well and we missed a lot of free throws. We need to learn how to play on consecutive nights. We need to focus now on getting better and trying to make the conference tournament. Tonight was a tough game to lose – I think we may have taken them lightly."
HISTORY: The teams have faced each other 12 times since 2009 and the Saints 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.
BASICS: Both teams went to the free-throw line 30 times, and both made 17. The Saints did not shoot well from the field nor 3-point range. In fact, the team made just three 3-pointers on 21 attempts.
LEAD CHANGES: The Saints took the first lead of the game, but the Lady Pilots came back to lead 5-2. They tied three times, before the Lady Pilots took off on a 14-0 run to lead 23-9. A pair of free throws from Kim Munoz (JR/Mesa, Ariz.) took the Saints to within one point at 25-24 and another pair of free throws from Jessika Montalvo (JR/Naples, Fla.) gave the Saints the 26-25 lead. The Saints fell behind by two as the half-time buzzer went off with the Lady Pilots leading 35-33.
In the second half, the Saints took their largest lead of the game at the 17th minute at 41-37, but a pair of field goals returned the lead to the Lady Pilots for the rest of the game. The Saints came to within two points several times, but LSUS relented to win by 12 at 80-68.
THE STORY ON OFFENSE: After the first period, no one on the OLLU squad had scored more than eight points, and the same was the case for the second half. Munoz led the team with 14 points, including 6-of-7 from the field and two free throws. Courtney Bayliss (SR/Perth, Western Australia) scored 13 points, making 6-of-22 from the field and 1-of-11 from 3-point range. Montalvo finished with 12 points, including 3-of-9 from the field, one 3-pointer and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe. Sonji Green (JR/Fresno, Calif.) added 11 points, making 4-of-8 from the field and three free throws. Overall the team shot 35 percent from the field for 24-of-69, 14 percent from 3-point range for 3-of-21 and 57 percent from the free-throw line for 17-of-30.
LSUS's Kourtney Pennywell scored 28 points, while teammates Ariel Harrell scored 20, and both Myeisha Williams and Erica Noel finished with 11 points each. Overall the team shot 47 percent from the field for 30-of-64, 21 percent from 3-point range for 3-of-14 and 57 percent from the charity stripe for 17-of-30.
MUCH NEEDED HELP: OLLU's Montalvo and Taylor Hamilton (JR/Faifield, Calif.) each had four assists, and Green had two steals. Overall the team finished with nine assists and six steals.
LSUS's Sierra Contreras finished with six assists and four steals. Pennywell added four blocks. Overall the team recorded 25 assists, six blocks and eight steals.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: The Saints finished with 44 rebounds, 33 on defense, while LSUS recorded 49, 41 on defense. Montalvo led the way for the Saints with 10. LSUS's Pennywell added 14 rebounds, while Harrell finished with 11.
NEGATIVES: The Saints committed 13 turnovers and 24 personal fouls. LSUS recorded 16 turnovers and 22 personal fouls
UP NEXT: The Saints will return home to host their next two games. On Friday, Feb. 6, the Saints will host Paul Quinn College, and on Saturday, Feb. 7, the Saints will host Texas College.
The Saints have never lost to Paul Quinn in nine previous matchups. OLLU lost two games to Texas College – one in 2010 by the score of 79-68 and in 2011, 101-93. Currently, Paul Quinn is 0-15, while Texas College is 7-11 overall and 6-6 in conference.