|Our Lady of the Lake (TX)||34||44||78|
|St. Thomas (Texas)||25||31||56|
|Feb. 26, 2015|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX)||Indv. Leaders||St. Thomas (Texas)|
|#12 Sonji Green - 21||Points||#20 Emily Sebo - 17|
|2 Players (#12,#21) - 12||Rebounds||#40 Ana Dominguez - 12|
|2 Players (#14,#24) - 3||Assists||#20 Emily Sebo - 4|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX)||Team Statistics||St. Thomas (Texas)|
|33% (29 - 88)||Field Goals %||33.3% (19 - 57)|
|22.2% (6 - 27)||3 Point Field Goals %||26.7% (4 - 15)|
|77.8% (14 - 18)||Free Throws||77.8% (14 - 18)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
HOUSTON, TEXAS (Feb. 26, 2015) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball has captured the Red River Athletic Conference regular season crown after defeating the University of St. Thomas (UST) 78-56. The Saints have one game remaining in the regular season. They will visit Hobbs, New Mexico on Saturday to face the University of the Southwest. They will then get set for the conference tournament.
Head Coach Christopher Minner said: "Defensively, we played consistently until our offense came alive. We clinched the regular season title tonight and an automatic berth to the national tournament. Three years in a row we have won the regular season and have put up a banner. Thirteen new players this year and the culture of excellence continues. I am lucky to coach this group of student athletes."
The Saints are now 24-5 overall and 17-2 in the conference. UST drops to 15-14 overall and 10-9 in the conference. St. Thomas has also qualified for the conference tournament.
HISTORY: The Saints have never lost to the Lady Celts in seven previous matchups. Earlier this season, the Saints won 85-72.
BASICS: Despite the 22-point win for the Saints, the game was fairly even with similar field goal and free throw percentages, but the Saints won on defense with extreme differences on rebounding and steals.
LEAD CHANGES: The Lady Celts took the first lead, but by the 16th minute, the Saints tied the game at two. St. Thomas took back the lead and went up 7-3. The Saints tied again at seven and 11. A shot from Pearlrae Thomas (JR/San Antonio, Texas) gave the Saints the 15-14 lead, and the team built up their lead through the remainder of the half. The Saints ended the period leading 34-25. By the 16th minute in the second half, the Saints took a double-digit lead at 44-33 and a 9-0 run moved them to 53-33. With seven minutes left in the game, the Saints grabbed their biggest lead at 65-40. The Saints took a 26-point lead with 43 seconds left in the game, and the Lady Celts scored the last four points to end the game with the Saints winning 78-56.
THE STORY ON OFFENSE: OLLU's Sonji Green (JR/Fresno, Calif.) led the Saints with 21 points, including 10-of-16 from the field and one free throw. Courtney Bayliss (SR/Perth, Western Australia) scored 18 points, including 6-of-15 from the field, 2-of-8 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 free throws. Overall, the team shot 33 percent from the field for 29-of-88, 22 percent from 3-point range for 6-of-27 and 78 percent from the charity stripe for 14-of-18.
UST's Emily Sebo led her team with 17 points, while teammates Madison Robinson scored 13 and Ana Dominguez scored 10. Overall, the team shot 33 percent from the field for 19-of-57, 27 percent from 3-point range for 4-of-15 and 78 percent from the charity stripe for 14-of-18.
MUCH-NEEDED HELP: OLLU's Taylor Hamilton (JR/Fairfield, Calif.) and Julia Rendon (FR/San Antonio, Texas) recorded three assists each, while Jessika Montalvo (JR/Naples, Fla.) and Hamilton finished with three steals each. Overall, the team had 15 assists and 15 steals.
UST's Sebo finished with four assists. Overall the team finished with 12 assists and three steals.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: OLLU's Green and Victoria Turner (SR/West Sacramento, Calif.) each had 12 rebounds. Overall the team won the battle with 58 rebounds, including 30 on defense and 28 on offense.
UST finished with 41 rebounds, including 31 on defense and 10 on offense. Dominguez led her team with 12 boards.
NEGATIVES: OLLU forced 23 turnovers, while committing 12. The Saints also had 17 fouls, while St. Thomas had 18.
UP NEXT: After the Saints game against Southwest on Saturday, they will have a first-week bye for the conference tournament. As the No.1 seed, the Saints will play the lowest remaining seed on March 6 at 6 p.m. The championship game will take place on March 7 at 2 p.m.