|St. Thomas (Texas) 3-4/0-1||15||16||12||19||62|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 4-5/1-0||19||20||23||18||80|
|Dec. 9, 2016|
|San Antonio, Tx|
|St. Thomas (Texas)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|#33 Chante Jefferson - 24||Points||#20 Alyssa Ward - 21|
|#24 Sheridan Hopkins - 9||Rebounds||#5 Jessika Montalvo - 7|
|#24 Sheridan Hopkins - 4||Assists||#24 Kasey Saldana - 2|
|St. Thomas (Texas)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|44.4% (24 - 54)||Field Goals %||44.7% (34 - 76)|
|21.1% (4 - 19)||3 Point Field Goals %||0% (0 - 15)|
|83.3% (10 - 12)||Free Throws||42.9% (12 - 28)|
|8||2nd Chance Pts||14|
SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 9, 2016) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Saints women's basketball team won its Red River Athletic Conference opener at home, defeating the University of St. Thomas (UST) Celts 80-62.
Alyssa Ward (SR/Palmeto, Fla.) and Quintianna LeShore (JR/Indianapolis, Ind.) combined for 40 points on 17-for-32 shooting and the Saints managed to score 80 points despite not hitting a single 3-pointer. With the win, the No. 21-ranked Saints improve to 4-5 for the season and 1-0 in conference play. The Celts fall to 3-4 on the season and 0-1 in conference.
The Saints struggled with their shooting, going 0-for-15 from the 3-point line and 12-for-28 on free throws. But OLLU managed to shoot 44.7 percent from the field, getting 17 steals to fuel its running game. The Saints forced the UST into 35 turnovers, which gave OLLU a 76-54 advantage in field goal attempts.
The Saints also managed a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounding, getting five from LeShore and four from Montalvo.
UST had three players in double figures, led by Chante Jefferson, who bodied her way into the paint for 24 points on 9-for-13 shooting. Sheridan Hopkins added 11 points and Maghen Lormand finished with 10 points.
On Saturday, the Saints host Texas College at 5:30 p.m. OLLU leads the all-time series against the Steers 12-2.
Our Lady of the Lake University is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016-2017 as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The University began competing in the NAIA in men's soccer and volleyball in 2007. A year later, they added women's soccer, golf and tennis. In 2009, the Saints began competing in cross-country, softball and basketball. In 2014, OLLU added two more sports — baseball and track and field. There are now 13 intercollegiate athletic teams at OLLU. All athletic alumni and up to two family members will receive free admission to basketball and volleyball games throughout the season. Baseball is not included in this special offer. All other home games are free and open to the public