|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 5-2 (1-0 RRAC)||23||15||25||15||78|
|LSU Shreveport (La.) 5-2 (1-2 RRAC)||15||15||16||13||59|
|Dec. 11, 2015|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||LSU Shreveport (La.)|
|#24 Taylor Hamilton - 26||Points||#23 Courtney Randle - 13|
|#12 Sonji Green - 10||Rebounds||#31 Quiana Tucker - 11|
|#24 Taylor Hamilton - 6||Assists||#13 Johnesha Major - 4|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||LSU Shreveport (La.)|
|46.5% (33 - 71)||Field Goals %||30.6% (19 - 62)|
|22.2% (4 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||18.8% (3 - 16)|
|61.5% (8 - 13)||Free Throws||78.3% (18 - 23)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||17|
SHREVEPORT, LA. (Dec. 11, 2015) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball launched its conference schedule tonight with a huge win over No. 23-ranked LSU-Shreveport (LSUS). The Saints – the No. 10-ranked team in the NAIA – defeated the Pilots 78-59 to move to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference. The Pilots drop to 1-2 in conference and 5-3 overall.
Head Coach Christopher Minner said "It was a good conference road win to start the Red River. We controlled the tempo and kept their scorers in check. Our depth was a key as well. Our ability to score inside and outside hurt LSUS. Now all attention turns to LSUA in another tough road game tomorrow."
The Saints lead the Pilots in competitions dating back to 2009 10-6. Last season, the Saints beat the Pilots 109-58 at home and 68-80 in Shreveport. The Saints won 74-68 in the postseason.
Sonji Green (SR/Fresno, Calif.) put the Saints on the board first, and the Pilots went ahead 4-2. After Julia Rendon (SO/San Antonio, Texas) tied the game at four, LaQeisha Brown (JR/San Antonio, Texas) moved the Saints ahead to 6-4 to kick off a 12-0 run to lead 16-4. Green, leading the Saints with nine points, closed out the first period to keep the Saints ahead 23-15.
The Pilots scored the first basket of the second period to get to within six points at 23-17. Green and Taylor Hamilton (SR/Fairfield, Calif.) scored the next eight points to move the game to 31-17. After another basket by Hamilton, the Pilots powered through six straight points to cut the Saints lead to seven at 33-26. A 3-pointer from Julia Rendon pushed the Saints back to a double-digit lead at 38-26. The second period ended with a field goal from LSUS's Quiana Tucker to take the teams into halftime with the Saints leading 38-30. Green led all players with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Saints.
Hamilton finished the first half with 10 points and kicked off a 14-point third quarter with a field goal from the paint. A 3-pointer from Rendon at the six-minute mark gave the Saints their biggest lead of the game at 51-36. After a pair of free throws from Hamilton, Nakia Page (JR/Bakersfield, Calif.) sank a basket to end the third quarter with the Saints leading 63-46.
The Saints continued to dominate in the final period with a pair of field goals from Alyssa Ward (JR/Palmeto, Fla.) giving the Saints a 21-point lead at 67-46. Ariel Clay (SR/Fairfield, Calif.) made a 3-pointer at the four-minute mark to move the Saints farther ahead at 78-52. The game ended with the Saints winning 78-59.
Hamilton's 26 points included 11-of-17 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. Hamilton is now the Saints' leading scorer averaging 19.7 points a game for a total of 118 points this season. Green finished with 15 points, 7-of-8 from the field and one free throw. Rendon scored 11 points, 4-of-9 from the field, including 3-of-8 from 3-point range. Ward tallied 10 points for the Saints. Green recorded her fifth double-double of the season finishing with 10 rebounds, eight on defense. Hamilton added six assists and Brown finished with three steals.
For the Pilots, Courtney Randle scored 13 points, and Tucker had 12, while Bria Freeland, Lanae Bickham and Chaterra Cage each had 10 points. Tucker also had 11 rebounds, nine on defense, and Johnesha Major recorded four assists.
Inside the box
As a team, OLLU hit 46 percent of the shots from the field going 33-of-71 including 4-of-18 from 3-point range for 22 percent. The Saints sank 8-of-13 free throws for 61 percent.
LSUS went 19-of-62 from the field for 31 percent including 3-of-16 from 3-point range for 19 percent and 18-of-23 from the charity stripe for 78 percent.
LSUA won the battle of the boards with 45 rebounds, 26 on defense and 19 on offense. OLLU had 41 rebounds, 27 on defense and 14 on offense.
OLLU forced 20 turnovers and committed 21 fouls, while the Pilots forced 10 turnovers and committed 16 fouls.
OLLU will continue its road trip in Louisiana, where they will face LSU-Alexandria on Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m.