|LSU Alexandria (La.) 5-8, 4-7||15||19||17||19||70|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 19-2, 11-0||16||24||25||23||88|
|Jan. 30, 2016|
|San Antonio, TX|
|LSU Alexandria (La.)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|#3 Taylor Maricle - 22||Points||#20 Alyssa Ward - 28|
|#3 Taylor Maricle - 8||Rebounds||#3 LaQeisha Brown - 15|
|#4 Reagan Maricle - 4||Assists||2 Players (#3,#32) - 3|
|LSU Alexandria (La.)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|38.5% (25 - 65)||Field Goals %||41.8% (23 - 55)|
|39.1% (9 - 23)||3 Point Field Goals %||25% (3 - 12)|
|39.3% (11 - 28)||Free Throws||69.6% (39 - 56)|
|12||2nd Chance Pts||23|
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (Jan. 30, 2016) – Season-high scoring from Alyssa Ward (JR/Palmeto, Fla.) and LaQeisha Brown (JR/San Antonio, Texas) guided the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team to an 88-70 win over LSU-Alexandria (LSUA).
The win keeps the NAIA's No. 3 Saints undefeated in the Red River Athletic Conference with an 11-0 record and 19-2 overall. The Saints' 19-game winning streak is the best in the NAIA.
The Generals drop to 4-7 in conference and 5-8 overall.
|Head Coach Christopher Minner|
talked about the win against LSU-Alexandria.
The Saints competed against LSUA twice last season and once this season, and they won all three games. On Dec. 12, the Saints defeated the Generals 89-52.
Despite scoring the first points of the game, the Generals went ahead 7-4. LaQeisha Brown and Alyssa Ward joined forces to regain the lead at 7-6, but the Generals fought back to a 7-1 run to move ahead 13-8. Brown's pair of free throws gave the Saints the 14-13 lead, and a basket from Ward increased the Saints' lead to 16-13. LSUA's Pearl Paulo scored the last basket of the quarter, and the Saints maintained their lead at 16-15.
Ward kept the momentum for the Saints into the second quarter as the Saints battled to take a 10-point lead at 25-15. The Generals got the game back to a single-digit difference through the fifth minute when a three from Reagan Maricle got LSUA within one point at 29-28. The teams tied at 31, and a pair of threes from Whitney Sandmann (SO/Bentonville, Ark.) kept the game on the Saints' side. After a field goal from Taylor Hamilton (SR/Fairfield, Calif.), Sonji Green (SR/Fresno, Calif.) sank two free throws to close out the first half with the Saints leading 40-34.
The Saints took their biggest lead of the game at 46-34 at the ninth minute, and baskets by Green, Ward and Brown pushed the lead to 16 at 56-40. Ward closed out the third quarter with a shot at the one-second mark to give the Saints the 65-51 lead.
With three seconds left in the game, and with the Saints leading 87-70, LSUA's Taylor Holzmeier was assessed a technical for unsportsmanlike behavior after she pushed OLLU's Whitney Sandmann. The Generals continued to foul and the Saints ended the game with a free throw made by Ariel Clay (SR/Fairfield, Calif.) to give the Saints the 88-70 win.
Both Alyssa Ward and LaQeisha Brown recorded season-high scoring. Ward led the Saints with 28 points including 9-of-17 from the field and 2-of-10 free throws. She added nine rebounds and five steals for the Saints. Brown finished with 25 points for 7-of-11 from the field and 11-of-16 from the free-throw line. She added 15 rebounds, three assists and four steals. Taylor Hamilton scored 13 points, while Sonji Green recorded her ninth double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. She added three blocks and three steals.
LSUA's Taylor Maricle scored 22 points, Reagan Maricle had 18, Pearl Paulo scored 12 and De'Shia Dillon finished with 10.
Inside the box
The Saints hit 42 percent from the field going 23-of-55 and 3-of-12 from 3-point range for 25 percent. They sank 39-of-56 from the charity stripe for 70 percent. The 39 free throws are the most ever made by the Saints in a game – the previous record was 34 against Wiley College in 2014; and the 56 attempts were the most ever by the Saints in a game – the previous record was 49 against Wiley in 2014.
LSUA went 25-of-65 from the field for 38 percent including 9-of-23 from 3-point range for 39 percent. They made 11-of-28 from the free-throw line for 39 percent.
The Saints overwhelmingly won the battle of the boards with 59 rebounds – the most this season. They had 36 on defense and 23 on offense. The Generals had 32 rebounds, 19 on defense and 13 on offense.
OLLU forced 21 turnovers and committed 26 fouls, while the Generals forced 26 turnovers and committed 34 fouls.
The Saints will play their next three games on the road. On Feb. 5, the Saints will play Paul Quinn College, on Feb. 12, they will play the University of St. Thomas, and on Feb. 13, they will play Texas College.