|Wiley (Texas) 22-3, 14-3||38||35||73|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX) 22-5, 15-2||39||38||77|
|Feb. 20, 2015|
|San Antonio, TX|
|Wiley (Texas)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|#20 Kiera Oby - 21||Points||#24 Taylor Hamilton - 20|
|#50 Kirbi Clark - 9||Rebounds||#12 Sonji Green - 14|
|#5 Kayla Brown - 4||Assists||#24 Taylor Hamilton - 8|
|Wiley (Texas)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|44.4% (32 - 72)||Field Goals %||32.9% (23 - 70)|
|18.2% (2 - 11)||3 Point Field Goals %||27.3% (6 - 22)|
|38.9% (7 - 18)||Free Throws||62.5% (25 - 40)|
|14||2nd Chance Pts||21|
SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 20, 2015) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) broke a three-way Red River Athletic Conference tie tonight after defeating Wiley College 77-73. Coming into tonight's game, the Saints, along with Wiley and Langston University were embroiled in a three-way tie for first place with identical conference records. Now, the Saints are 22-5 overall and 15-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference, while Wiley drops to 20-3 overall and 14-3 in conference. Langston beat LSU-Alexandria tonight to also move to 15-2 in the conference and 23-2 overall.
In this week's NAIA DI Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, Langston in No. 10, OLLU is No. 12 and Wiley is No. 14.
HISTORY: The Saints beat Wiley earlier this season 97-76.
BASICS: The game was as close as any other game the Saints have played this season. Neither team led by more than seven points. Overall, Wiley shot better than the Saints at 44 percent compared to OLLU's 33 percent. The Saints shot slightly better from the three and they made twice as many free throws than Wiley. Both teams fought hard throughout the game with neither team in total control.
LEAD CHANGES: The Wildcats took the first lead, but the Saints tied it up and went on a 6-0 run to lead 8-2. A field goal from Wiley's Kayla Brown took the game to within three points, but a field goal from Kim Munoz (JR/Mesa, Ariz.) gave the Saints a seven-point lead at 12-5. The score fluctuated from there, with Wiley coming to within two points through the fifth minute when they tied the score at 31 and again at 32. A basket from Taylor Hamilton (JR/Fairfield, Calif.) returned the lead to the Saints for a short period until the teams tied again at 34. Kiera Oby gave Wiley the one-point lead at 38-37, and a free throw made by Pearlrae Thomas (JR/San Antonio, Texas) tied the game at 38. OLLU's Victoria Turner (SR/West Sacramento, Calif.) sank a free throw to give the Saints the 39-38 lead at the half.
Both teams continued to battle in the second half, with the Saints leading by three, and a basket from Oby switched the control back to Wiley as they took a 3-point lead at 44-41. Sonji Green (JR/Fresno, Calif.)'s free throw tied the game at 46, and a shot from Hamilton resulted in another tie at 48. The Saints took control from there, but it was difficult to keep the momentum on their side. With 10 minutes left in the game, a field goal from Ri'Kell McWright tied the score at 54. The Saints quickly came back to lead by as much a three points until a basket from Tyeka Ranton gave Wiley the lead at 58-57. Wiley went up by three, and at the five-minute mark, the Saints regained the lead at 68-64. By the one minute 39 second mark, the Saints led by six points at 74-68. They held on to end the game winning 77-73.
THE STORY ON OFFENSE: Taylor Hamilton led the Saints in scoring with 20 points for 5-of-11 from the field, and 10-of-13 from the charity stripe. Bayliss scored 19 points for 7-of-14 from the field, 4-of-7 from 3-point range and 1-of-4 from the free-throw line.
Bayliss' 19 points makes her the Saints' women's all-time leading scorer with 1,278 points. She scored 411 of those points while at NAIA University of Mobile. At OLLU, she has 867 points. Last year's senior Nashae Owens finished her three-year career at OLLU with 1,259 points.
Green scored 18 points including 5-of-13 from the field and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. Turner added 10 points.
Overall, the Saints shot 33 percent from the field for 23-of-70, 27 percent from 3-point range for 6-of-22 and 62 percent from the charity stripe for 25-of-40.
PVAM's Kiera Oby scored 21 points for her team. Overall the team shot 32-of-72 from the field for 44 percent, 2-of-11 from 3-point range for 18 percent and 7-of-18 from the free-throw line for 39 percent.
MUCH NEEDED HELP: OLLU's Hamilton recorded eight assists and four steals. Overall, the team finished with 12 assists and 13 steals.
Wiley's Kayla Brown contributed four assists and teammate Kiera Oby finished with four steals. Kirby Clark blocks four shots for her team. Overall the team finished with 11 assists and 12 steals.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: The Saints' edged out the Wildcats by three to finish with 51 rebounds compared to 48 for Wiley. Green led the way with 14 rebounds, and Bayliss added 11 rebounds.
Wiley had 48 rebounds. Both Gelese Lampton and Kayla Brown finished with seven rebounds each.
NEGATIVES: The Saints committed 22 turnovers and 26 personal fouls while forcing 20 turnovers and 15 fouls.
COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH CHRISTOPHER MINNER:
Saints Reporter D.J. Castro talked with Head Coach Christopher Minner after the game.
UP NEXT: OLLU will play their last regular home game on Saturday against Jarvis Christian College. For seniors night, OLLU will present seniors Courtney Bayliss (SR/Perth, Western Australia), Mercedes Dobson (SR/West Sacramento, Calif.) and Victoria Turner with a memento basket.