|LSU Shreveport (La.) 12-6, 6-4||13||27||5||21||66|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 18-2, 10-0||18||24||14||22||78|
|Jan. 29, 2016|
|San Antonio, TX|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|#34 Kourtney Pennywell - 23||Points||2 Players (#20,#24) - 18|
|#31 Quiana Tucker - 18||Rebounds||#12 Sonji Green - 13|
|#13 Johnesha Major - 5||Assists||#24 Taylor Hamilton - 5|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|41.8% (23 - 55)||Field Goals %||40.8% (29 - 71)|
|37.5% (6 - 16)||3 Point Field Goals %||28.6% (8 - 28)|
|58.3% (14 - 24)||Free Throws||66.7% (12 - 18)|
|13||2nd Chance Pts||14|
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (Jan. 29, 2016) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team defeated one of its toughest opponents – LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) – 78-66 to remain undefeated in the Red River Athletic Conference.
The win moves the Saints to 10-0 in conference and 18-2 overall, while the Pilots drop to 6-4 in conference and 12-6 overall. The Saints have won 18 consecutive wins -- currently the best winning streak in the NAIA.
|OLLU Head Coach Christopher Minner talked about the game.|
The Saints have competed against LSUS 16 times and have won 10. Earlier this season, the Saints came out ahead 78-59.
After the Pilots scored the first points of the game, the Saints came back to lead 9-4. The Saints had the opportunity to pull ahead significantly, but threes were not going in for them. A pair of free throws got the Saints to 10, and a basket from LSUS' Kourtney Pennywell took the game to 16-10 with a little more than a minute left in the first quarter. Whitney Sandmann (SO/Bentonville, Ark.) scored a field goal to end the first period giving the Saints the 18-13 lead.
LSUS took the 23-22 lead after two minutes had passed in the second quarter. The Saints jumped back quickly to regain a six-point lead at 29-23. A three from Lanae Bickham threatened the Saints' lead, but OLLU's Alyssa Ward (JR/Palmeto, Fla.)'s 3-pointer and a basket from Shameka Brown (FR/San Antonio, Texas) gave the Saints a comfortable 34-27 lead. With less than 50 seconds left in the first half, LSUS' Alexander Miller tied the game at 40. A pair of free throws from Francesca Patrick (SO/Killeen, Texas) returned the lead to the Saints as time ran out.
Brown started the second half with a second-chance basket, and Ward's shot gave the Saints the 48-42 lead. At the fourth minute, Taylor Hamilton (SR/Fairfield, Calif.) gave the Saints a double-digit lead at 56-44. The third quarter remained 56-44 for more than three minutes, with six missed shots by the Saints and three by the Pilots. LSUS' Chaterra Cage finally scored on a free throw, and the quarter ended with the Saints leading 56-45.
Hamilton began the last period with a field goal, and Ward added a 3-pointer to give the Saints the 61-45 lead. The Saints maintained their double-digit lead until a shot from Pennywell got the Pilots to within eight points with less than six minutes left in the game. The Pilots continued to threaten, getting as close as six points, but a three from Sandmann and a shot from Green returned the Saints to the 74-63 lead. Ward closed out the game with a basket off a turnover to give the Saints the 78-66 win.
Alyssa Ward and Taylor Hamilton both scored 18 points for the Saints. Ward connected on 7-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line, and she added seven rebounds, three assists and six steals. Hamilton made 7-of-18 from the field and 2-of-4 free throws, and she added five assists and three steals. Sonji Green (SR/Fresno, Calif.) recorded 13 rebounds, nine on defense. Green now owns the record for the most defensive rebounds in a season as a Saint with 261.
LSUS' Kourtney Pennywell scored 23 points, while teammate Alexandra Miller finished with 16 points. Quiana Tucker added 18 rebounds.
Inside the box
The Saints hit 42 percent from the field going 23-of-55 and 6-of-16 from 3-point range for 37 percent. They sank 14-of-24 from the charity stripe for 58 percent.
LSUS went 29-of-71 from the field for 41 percent including 8-of-28 from 3-point range for 29 percent. They made 12-of-18 from the free-throw line for 67 percent.
The Saints lost the battle of the boards with 40 rebounds, 25 on defense and 15 on offense. The Pilots had 43 rebounds, 31 on defense and 12 on offense.
OLLU forced 25 turnovers and committed 25 fouls, while the Pilots forced 10 turnovers and committed 20 fouls.
The Saints will host LSU-Alexandria next on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m.