|St. Thomas (Texas) 2-3/5-9||12||5||7||9||33|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 5-0/13-2||19||21||21||27||88|
|Jan. 15, 2016|
|San Antonio, TX|
|St. Thomas (Texas)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|#1 Taylor Forrest - 9||Points||#24 Taylor Hamilton - 19|
|#40 Ana Dominguez - 10||Rebounds||#12 Sonji Green - 9|
|#21 Kirstin Lee - 2||Assists||#14 Julia Rendon - 5|
|St. Thomas (Texas)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|21.4% (12 - 56)||Field Goals %||46% (29 - 63)|
|16.7% (2 - 12)||3 Point Field Goals %||50% (8 - 16)|
|53.8% (7 - 13)||Free Throws||73.3% (22 - 30)|
|5||2nd Chance Pts||13|
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (Jan. 15, 2016) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team delivered its largest victory ever against the University of St. Thomas Celts Friday night. The 88-33 win – a 55-point defeat – keeps the Saints undefeated in the Red River Athletic Conference with a 5-0 record and 13-2 overall. The Saints' 13-consecutive wins is the second most in the NAIA. The Celts drop to 2-3 in the Red River and 5-9 overall.
Comments from Head Coach Christopher Minner
The NAIA's No. 4 Saints have competed against St. Thomas eight previous games and have won all eight.
The Saints felt no pressure from the Celts as they jumped to a 11-0 lead before St. Thomas was able to put their first points on the board at the fourth minute. OLLU, led by Taylor Hamilton (SR/Fairfield, Calif.), Julia Rendon (SO/San Antonio, Texas) and Francesca Patrick (SO/Killeen, Texas) tallying five points each, closed out the first quarter with the 19-12 lead.
Points from Patrick returned the double-digit lead to the Saints at the eighth minute, but the second quarter belonged to Hamilton as she connected on 10 points. The Saints pushed ahead to take a 20-plus lead with less than five minutes remaining in the first half. Whitney Sandmann (SO/Bentonville, Ark.)'s 3-pointer gave the Saints their biggest lead of the first half at 40-15. St. Thomas' Tori Frederick closed out the half with a basket and the Saints headed into the locker room with a very comfortable 40-17 lead.
Kicking off the second half, the Saints continued their dominance commandeerd by Alyssa Ward (JR/Palmeto, Fla.) and Sandmann with five points each to give the Saints a 37-point advantage at the end of the 10 minutes.
Gabriela Mendonca (JR/Brasilia, Brazil), who checked into the game at the seventh minute of the last quarter, played a huge role in continuing the Saints momentum through the end of the game. She drained back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Saints the 69-26 lead. A few minutes later, she scored a basket in the paint to move the Saints to 83-33. After a 3-point miss by St. Thomas' Rebekah Douglas, Mendonca retrieved the rebound and was immediately fouled. Her two successful free throws gave her 10 points – her most this season. Three-of-four free throws from Chelsea Foster (JR/De Soto, Texas) closed out the game to give the Saints the 88-33 win.
After the Saints' bench scored 46 points against Langston last week, the reserves once again came through for the Saints scoring an identical 46 points, compared to eight by St. Thomas' non-starters. Mendonca led the bench scoring with 10 points, making every single shot she took -- 3-of-3 from the field, 2-of-2 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 free throws. Hamilton led the team with 19 points, connecting on 8-of-14 from the field, 1-of-3 from 3-point range and 2-of-5 free throws. Hamilton added two assists and two steals. Sonji Green (SR/Fresno, Calif.) led the Saints in rebounding with 10, nine on defense, and four blocks. Julia Rendon finished with a team-best five assists and three steals.
No St. Thomas players had double-digit scoring. Taylor Forrest led the Celts with nine points, while Ana Dominguez finished with 11 rebounds.
Inside the box
The Saints hit 46 percent from the field going 29-of-63 and 8-of-16 from 3-point range for 50 percent. They sank 22-of-30 from the charity stripe for 73 percent.
St. Thomas went 12-of-56 from the field for 21 percent including 2-of-12 from 3-point range for 17 percent. They made 7-of-13 from the free-throw line for 54 percent.
The Saints won the battle of the boards with 45 rebounds, 31 on defense and 14 on offense. The Celts had 40 rebounds, 23 on defense and 17 on offense.
OLLU forced 33 turnovers and committed 12 fouls, while the Celts forced just 14 turnovers and committed 17 fouls.
The Saints will continue their home stance tomorrow with a conference game against Texas College at 5:30 p.m. The Steers are currently in last place in the Red River Athletic Conference with a 0-5 record and 1-7 overall. They have lost their last three games.