|LSU Shreveport (La.) 21-8||12||12||22||24||70|
|Our Lady of the Lake (TX) 28-2||13||32||18||25||88|
|Mar. 4, 2016|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|#31 Quiana Tucker - 18||Points||#24 Taylor Hamilton - 27|
|#34 Kourtney Pennywell - 10||Rebounds||#20 Alyssa Ward - 9|
|2 Players (#13,#34) - 4||Assists||#24 Taylor Hamilton - 9|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (TX)|
|53.1% (26 - 49)||Field Goals %||38.4% (33 - 86)|
|33.3% (3 - 9)||3 Point Field Goals %||35.7% (10 - 28)|
|60% (15 - 25)||Free Throws||63.2% (12 - 19)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||10|
LONGVIEW, TEXAS (March 4, 2016) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team pulled off a huge win over LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) in the semifinals match of the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament. The Saints struggled on offense, but the team came together to win 88-70 to advance to the championship game on Saturday. The Pilots end their season with an overall 21-8 record, while the Saints improve to 28-2.
Head Coach Christopher Minner commented: "It's always nice to beat Shreveport. We dominated the first half. Our defense was tough for three quarters, and we shot well from three. Our guard play was the difference on offense, and our rebounding was exceptional. We need to put a good 40 minutes together tomorrow if we want to cut another net down. Defense will be the key tomorrow."
The Saints swept the Pilots this season. In December, the Saints won 78-59 and in January, OLLU won 78-66.
The Saints took a 4-0 lead, but LSUS's Kourtney Pennywell tied the game at six. She gave her team the 12-9 lead, and with less than a minute left in the first period, Nakia Page (JR/Bakersfield, Calif.) sank a field goal to move the Saints to 13-12. The Saints ended the period taking almost twice as many shots as the Pilots, but making the same amount of baskets.
The second period began with a shot from LSUS's Courtney Randle, and a basket from Taylor Hamilton (SR/Fairfield, Calif.) got the Saints back on top at 15-14. From that moment on, the Saints went on a 17-2 run to lead 32-16 with a little more than five minutes remaining in the half. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Daniela Nopuente (SR/Daly City, Calif.) gave the Saints the 45-22 lead, and the half ended with the Saints on top 45-24.
The Saints were still struggling entering the third quarter shooting 38 percent from the field compared to 50 percent for the Pilots. Hamilton started the quarter leading all players with 12 points. The Saints maintained a 20-plus lead through most of the third quarter, while the Pilots got to within 17 points at the end of the period. The Saints led 63-46.
Hamilton gave OLLU its biggest lead of the game at 80-54 with about three minutes left in the game. With the score at 88-64, the Pilots closed out the game with six straight points, and the Saints won 88-70.
The Red River Athletic Conference's Player of the Year Taylor Hamilton proved her dominance tonight leading all scorers with 27 points, 9-of-23 from the field, including 2-of-6 from 3-point range and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. She added nine assists and five steals. Daniela Nopuente added 18 points – all from 3-point range. Nakia Page scored 16 points, 7-of-15 from the field, including 2-of-6 from 3-point range. Alyssa Ward (JR/Palmeto, Fla.) tallied 13 points, 5-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe. She added nine rebounds and four assists.
LSUS's Quiana Tucker scored 18 points, while teammates Kourtney Pennywell added 16 and Courtney Randle, 14. Pennywell finished with 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
Inside the box
The Saints hit 38 percent from the field going 33-of-86 and 10-of-28 from 3-point range for 36 percent. They sank 12-of-19 from the charity stripe for 63 percent.
The Pilots went 26-of-49 from the field for 53 percent, and went 3-for-9 from 3-point range for 33 percent. They made 15-of-25 from the free-throw line for 60 percent.
The Saints won the rebound battle. They had 43, 22 on defense and 21 on offense, while the Pilots had 37, 32 on defense and five on offense.
OLLU forced 35 turnovers and committed 24 fouls, while the Pilots forced 17 turnovers and committed 24 fouls.
The Saints will compete in the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game against No. 3 seed Huston-Tillotson University on Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m.