|Wiley (Texas) 17-8, 9-8||15||28||13||18||74|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX) 26-2, 17-0||26||24||31||22||103|
|Feb. 26, 2016|
|San Antonio, TX|
|Wiley (Texas)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|#12 Anika Nottingham - 22||Points||#20 Alyssa Ward - 25|
|#21 Alexis Bernstine - 11||Rebounds||#12 Sonji Green - 7|
|#23 Ty Colquitt - 5||Assists||#24 Taylor Hamilton - 7|
|Wiley (Texas)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|40% (26 - 65)||Field Goals %||46.8% (36 - 77)|
|25% (2 - 8)||3 Point Field Goals %||41.9% (13 - 31)|
|76.9% (20 - 26)||Free Throws||72% (18 - 25)|
|25||2nd Chance Pts||16|
SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 26, 2016) – Six players in double-digits led the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team to a 103-74 win over Wiley College Friday evening.
The NAIA's No. 1 Saints move to 26-2 overall and 17-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC), while the Lady Wildcats drop to 17-8 overall and 9-8 in conference.
The Saints are the champions of the conference's regular season and will prepare for the tournament next week at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, hosted by Wiley. Other qualifiers include Langston University, LSU-Shreveport, Huston-Tillotson University, the University of St. Thomas and Wiley.
Comments from Head Coach Christopher Minner:
The Saints have faced the Wildcats 16 previous times and have won 10. The Saints' last loss came in 2013, when Wiley won 83-73. Earlier this season, the Saints defeated Wiley 84-72.
The competition between the two conference rivals was a lot closer than the scoreboard indicated. Wiley – with just seven players set up to enter the game – came out aggressively and stayed that way until the last quarter. The Saints climbed to a nine-point lead in the first period, but the Wildcats kept penetrating throughout. A field goal from Taylor Hamilton (SR/Fairfield, Calif.) gave the Saints their first double-digit lead at the end of the quarter to lead 26-15.
The teams continued to battle in the second quarter. Wiley fought hard to try to gain some momentum, but the Wildcats could not stop the turnovers as they gave up the ball 14 times while the Saints had three turnovers. A diving rebound by Whitney Sandmann (SO/Bentonville, Ark.) and a pass to Daniela Nopuente (SR/Daly City, Calif.) had her running down the court for an easy 3-pointer that sent Saints' fans to their feet. After the Saints took a dominating 16-point lead, they seemingly slowed down, as they committed several careless mistakes in a span of eight minutes. A shout-out from Coach Minner that declared the team was not playing hard enough got them back on track quickly. A 3-pointer from Nopuente was followed by Alyssa Ward (JR/Palmeto, Fla.) driving hard down the court for a layup to give her a game-leading 17 points. Wiley kept battling through the end of the period as they chipped away the Saints double-digit lead down to seven at the end of the half. The Saints led 50-43.
Nopuente took the reins for the Saints in the second half starting out with several no-look passes to Taylor Hamilton to push the Saints to a 20-plus lead. Sonji Green (SR/Fresno, Calif.) jumped to double-digit scoring after numerous attempts and baskets resulted in fouls. The team ended the third quarter with the 81-56 lead.
The fourth quarter featured no heroics from the Wildcats, who seemingly conceded the loss before the period began. Numerous basket attempts were air balls from Wiley, but the Saints kept their momentum as they continued to press heavily. For a moment, the Saints slowed down walking the ball down the court, but another encouraging shout-out from Minner got them back on track to their typical fast-pace game. A field goal from Chelsea Foster (JR/De Soto, Texas) ended the game with the Saints winning 103-74.
OLLU's Alyssa Ward led all scorers with 25 points – 11-of-19 from the field , 2-of-4 from 3-point range and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. She added five rebounds, six assists and two steals. Sonji Green scored 13 points including 4-of-7 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line. She added seven rebounds and three blocks. Julia Rendon (SO/San Antonio, Texas) tallied 12 points, 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Taylor Hamilton, Whitney Sandmann and Daniela Nopuente scored 11 points. Hamilton recorded seven assists.
Wiley's Anika Nottingham scored 22 points for her team, while Kendra Carolina had 13, Alexis Bernstine had 12 and Ty Colquitt finished with 11. Bernstine added 11 rebounds.
Inside the box
The Saints hit 47 percent from the field going 36-of-77 and 13-of-31 from 3-point range for 42 percent. They sank 18-of-25 from the charity stripe for 72 percent.
Wiley went 26-of-65 from the field for 40 percent including 2-of-8 from 3-point range for 25 percent. They made 20-of-26 from the free-throw line for 77 percent.
The Saints lost the rebound battle. They had 39, 22 on defense and 17 on offense, while the Wildcats had 47, 28 on defense and 19 on offense.
OLLU forced 28 turnovers and committed 20 fouls, while the Wildcats forced 14 turnovers and committed 17 fouls.
The Saints will host Jarvis Christian College on Feb. 27 for their last home game of the regular season. Seniors Ariel Clay (SR/Fairfield, Calif.), Sonji Green, Taylor Hamilton and Daniela Nopuente will be recognized after the game.