|Our Lady of the Lake (TX) 25-5/18-2||54||43||97|
|Southwest (N.M.) 6-26/3-17||14||35||49|
|Feb. 28, 2015|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX)||Indv. Leaders||Southwest (N.M.)|
|2 Players (#10,#13) - 13||Points||2 Players (#11,#24) - 12|
|#3 Mercedes Dobson - 8||Rebounds||#32 Cassie Smith - 13|
|#23 Francesca Patrick - 5||Assists||2 Players (#1,#24) - 2|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX)||Team Statistics||Southwest (N.M.)|
|51.4% (36 - 70)||Field Goals %||23.1% (12 - 52)|
|45% (9 - 20)||3 Point Field Goals %||33.3% (6 - 18)|
|72.7% (16 - 22)||Free Throws||67.9% (19 - 28)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
HOBBS, N.M. (Feb, 28, 2015) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball finished out its regular season with a 97-49 win over the University of the Southwest (USW). The Saints are the Red River Athletic Conference regular season champions with a record of 18-2 and 25-5 overall. Southwest ends its season with an overall 6-26 record and 3-17 in the conference.
Head Coach Christopher Minner commented: "We came out of the gate and dominated. A good effort in the first half set the tone. We wanted to win the title outright and we did. Now it's time for post season."
Five Saints finished in double-digit scoring, including Whitney Sandmann (FR/Bentonville, Ark.) and Courtney Bayliss (SR/Perth, Western Australia) with 13 points each, Francesca Patrick (FR/Killeen, Texas) with 11 and both Jessika Montalvo (JR/Naples, Fla.) and Pearlrae Thomas (JR/San Antonio, Texas) with 10 points.
Mercedes Dobson (SR/West Sacramento, Calif.) had eight rebounds for the Saints, while Patrick added five assists.
USW's Dorsheka Lopez and Anitria Flowers scored 12 points, and Cassie Smith added 13 rebounds.
The Saints committed nine turnovers, while forcing 22.
As the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, the Saints and the No. 2 seed (still to be determined) will have a first-round bye. On March 3, the third seed will face the sixth seed and the fourth seed will play the fifth seed. The Saints – the No. 11 team in the NAIA – will face the lowest remaining seed on Friday, March 6, at 6 p.m. The No. 2 team will play the highest remaining seed at 1 p.m. The championship game will take place on Saturday, March 7. The semifinals and final rounds will take place at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas.