|LSU Shreveport (La.) 20-11/14-6||35||33||68|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX) 26-5/18-2||37||37||74|
|Mar. 6, 2015|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|#34 Kourtney Pennywell - 17||Points||#13 Courtney Bayliss - 26|
|#33 Ariel Harrell - 10||Rebounds||#12 Sonji Green - 8|
|#34 Kourtney Pennywell - 7||Assists||5 Players - 2|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|46% (29 - 63)||Field Goals %||38.2% (26 - 68)|
|46.7% (7 - 15)||3 Point Field Goals %||34.6% (9 - 26)|
|37.5% (3 - 8)||Free Throws||72.2% (13 - 18)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
LONGVIEW, TEXAS (March 6, 2015) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball won a tough battle against LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) 74-68 to advance to the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championship Tournament. The Saints advance to the conference championship game where they will play Langston University, who beat Wiley earlier today 80-73. The championship game will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Saints are now 26-5 overall and 18-2 in the conference, while LSUS ends its season at 20-11 overall and 14-6 in the conference.
HISTORY: The Saints split with the Lady Pilots this season. In December, the Saints defeated the Lady Pilots 109-58 at home and lost 68-80 in Shreveport. Prior to this season, the Saints won seven out of 12 games against LSUS.
BASICS: The Saints kept the turnovers to a minimum, but LSUS had a far better game on offense shooting 46 percent compared to 38 percent for OLLU.
LEAD CHANGES: The Saints lost the tip off, and Shreveport went on to take a 4-2 lead. A shot from OLLU's Taylor Hamilton (JR/Fairfield, Calif.) tied the score, and Courtney Bayliss (SR/Perth, Western Australia) hit her first of five 3-pointers, but LSUS continued to battle taking a 13-10 lead. A Saints' timeout gave Head Coach Christopher Minner an opportunity to point out some mistakes, and the Saints came back on the court to take a 19-17 lead with less than 12 minutes left in the half. The Lady Pilots sank consecutive threes to take the game to 28-24, and a three from Mercedes Dobson (SR/West Sacramento, Calif.) returned the lead to the Saints at 29-28 with four minutes left in the period. LSUS scored four points to regain the lead at 32-29. Victoria Turner (SR/West Sacramento, Calif.) and Bayliss scored two free throws, and Taylor Hamilton got fouled, and she too sank her free throws to give the Saints the 37-35 lead at halftime.
Shreveport tied the game right at the start of the second half, but a field goal from Kim Munoz (JR/Mesa, Ariz.) and a 3-pointer from Bayliss gave the Saints a five-point lead at 42-37. The teams tied three more times to take the game to 46-46 with 14:50 on the clock. The score stayed there for more than three minutes, until Bayliss and Green went on a 9-0 run to give the Saints the 55-46 lead. Julia Rendon (FR/San Antonio, Texas) gave the Saints their biggest lead of the game at 61-50 with seven minutes left in the game. LSUS continued to threaten, but they could only get as close as four points with 17 seconds left on the clock. Bayliss sealed the win with a pair of free throws to take the game to 74-68. A failed 3-pointer from LSUS' Sierra Contreras at the buzzer ended the game.
THE STORY ON OFFENSE: OLLU's Bayliss set a new Saints record with the most points scored in the post season after she finished with 26, including 7-of-18 from the field, 5-of-12 from 3-point range and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. Green added 16 points, including 8-of-13 from the field. Turner scored 11 points for the Saints. Overall, the team shot 26-of-68 from the field for 38 percent, 9-of-26 from 3-point range for 35 percent and 13-of-18 from the charity stripe for 72 percent.
LSUS' Kourtney Pennywell led her team in scoring with 17 points, while teammate Alexandra Miller finished with 14 and Ariel Harrell ended with 13. Overall, the team made 29-of-63 from the field for 46 percent, 7-of-15 from 3-point range for 47 percent and 3-of-8 from the free throw line for 37 percent.
MUCH NEEDED HELP: OLLU's Bayliss, Green, Jessika Montalvo (JR/Naples, Fla.) and Rendon each had two assists. Hamilton added three steals. Overall, the Saints finished with 12 assists and 13 steals.
LSUS' Pennywell contributed seven assists and two steals. Overall, the team had 18 assists and two steals.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: The Saints lost the rebound battle finishing with 37, including 26 on defense and 11 on offense. Green led the way with eight. LSUS tallied 46 boards, including 34 on defense and 12 on offense. Harrell led her team with 10 rebounds.
NEGATIVES: The Saints forced 23 turnovers while committing 10. They committed 12 fouls, while LSUS had 16.
COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH CHRISTOPHER MINNER:
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