|Langston (Okla.) 28-3/16-3||45||48||93|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX) 26-6/18-||45||37||82|
|Mar. 7, 2015|
|Langston (Okla.)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|#4 Lynette Holmes - 25||Points||#13 Courtney Bayliss - 22|
|#13 T'Keya Mason - 8||Rebounds||#12 Sonji Green - 9|
|#31 Lulu Perry - 6||Assists||4 Players - 2|
|Langston (Okla.)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|43.9% (29 - 66)||Field Goals %||41.5% (27 - 65)|
|35.3% (6 - 17)||3 Point Field Goals %||64.3% (9 - 14)|
|76.3% (29 - 38)||Free Throws||79.2% (19 - 24)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
LONGVIEW, TEXAS (March 7, 2015) -- The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team has already won the Red River Athletic Conference regular season earning them an automatic bid to its fourth NAIA DI Women's Basketball Championship Tournament, but a tournament title was within reach. Unfortunately, the Saints fell short and lost the conference's championship game 93-82 to Langston University.
The Saints will now get back to work on Monday to prepare for the NAIA tournament that takes place March 18-24 at Independence, Missouri. The team will find out its first-round opponent early this week.
HISTORY: The Saints lost to Langston at home on Jan. 9 91-86 and beat the Lions in Oklahoma 82-76. The Lions were ranked in the top 10 for most of the season, but suffered several key losses along the way to finish the regular season as the No. 4 seed. The Saints finished the season with an impressive 10 game-winning streak, earning Head Coach Christopher Minner the conference's Coach of the Year honors. The team is ranked 10th in the NAIA under Minner's tutelage.
BASICS: The Saints are among the NAIA's leaders in 3-point shooting, but they could only make 9-of-14. Their overall shooting was comparable to the Lions, but too many turnovers and not enough rebounding cost them the game.
LEAD CHANGES: Langston took control at the tipoff taking an 8-0 lead before a free throw from Jessika Montalvo (JR/Naples, Fla.) put OLLU on the board at the 16th minute. By the 13th minute, Langston took a double-digit lead at 17-6, and the Saints climbed back to get to within two at 21-19 at the 11 minute mark, A 3-pointer from Courtney Bayliss (SR/Perth, Western Australia) tied the score at 22, but Langston kept fighting to regain a nine-point lead with five minutes left in the half. Julia Rendon (FR/San Antonio, Texas) sank a three and a field goal from Pearlrae Thomas (JR/San Antonio, Texas) gave the Saints the 37-36 lead. The Saints took their biggest lead of the game at 42-38 with 1:29 left in the half, and a 3-pointer with six seconds left in the period closed out the half with the game tied at 45.
Langston came back in the second half to take a five-point lead at 50-45, and a 5-0 run tied the score at the 17th minute. Taylor Hamilton (JR/Fairfield, Calif.) and Bayliss saw themselves in foul trouble early in the half to give Langston the 52-52 lead. A three from Mercedes Dobson (SR/West Sacramento, Calif.) puts the Saints to within two at 57-55 at the 16th minute, but Langston pulled farther ahead to lead 64-58 with less than 13 minutes left in the game. At the 7:44 mark, the Lions were ahead 82-65 – their biggest lead of the game. They maintained their double-digit lead through the rest of the game to secure the 93-82 win.
THE STORY ON OFFENSE: OLLU's Courtney Bayliss led the Saints in scoring with 22 points, including 7-of-11 from the field, 5-of-7 from 3-point range and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. Sonji Green (JR/Fresno, Calif.) was the only other Saint in double-digit scoring with 14 points. Overall, the team shot 27-of-65 from the field, 9-of-14 from 3-point range and 19-of-24 from the charity stripe.
Langston's Lynette Holmes scored 25 points for her team, while teammates Jewel Rogers and T'Keya scored 17 and Morgan Lee had 13. Overall, the team shot 29-of-66 from the field, 6-of-17 from 3-point range and 29-of-38 from the free-throw line.
MUCH NEEDED HELP: OLLU recorded 10 assists and five steals. Langston's Lulu Perry added six assists, while Holmes finished with four steals. Overall, the team had 17 assists and nine steals.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: OLLU lost the battle after finishing with 34, 25 on defense, compared to 47 for Langston, 30 on defense. Green led the Saints with nine boards, while T'Keya Mason finished with eight for her team.
NEGATIVES: OLLU forced 19 turnovers and committed 21. They added 27 fouls, and Langston committed 22.
COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH CHRISTOPHER MINNER AND SENIOR COURTNEY BAYLISS:
Head Coach Minner and senior Courtney Bayliss