|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 12-7, 7-1 RRAC||15||10||25||17||67|
|LSU Shreveport (La.) 12-6, 8-0 RRAC||15||21||18||15||69|
|Jan. 20, 2017|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||LSU Shreveport (La.)|
|#10 Whitney Sandmann - 18||Points||#34 Kourtney Pennywell - 24|
|#10 Whitney Sandmann - 8||Rebounds||#31 Quiana Tucker - 18|
|#40 Rachel Baity - 3||Assists||#13 Johnesha Major - 8|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||LSU Shreveport (La.)|
|32.1% (27 - 84)||Field Goals %||41.8% (28 - 67)|
|18.2% (4 - 22)||3 Point Field Goals %||11.1% (1 - 9)|
|60% (9 - 15)||Free Throws||54.5% (12 - 22)|
|15||2nd Chance Pts||16|
SHREVEPORT, LA. (Jan. 20, 2017) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball suffered its first conference defeat since March 7, 2015.
The 67-69 loss to LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) drops the Saints to 12-7 overall and 7-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC), while LSUS remains undefeated in conference at 8-0 and 12-6 overall.
The No. 18-ranked Saints are 12-7 against the Pilots, who received 12 votes in this week's coaches' poll. Last season the Saints won both games 78-66 and 88-70.
The Saints took an early lead in a low-scoring first quarter. With the 4-1 lead, LSUS's Courtney Randle sank a field goal and drew a foul from OLLU's Rachel Baity (JR/San Jose, Calif.), and with that, the Pilots tied the score. The teams tied the game at eight and at 15 to close out the first period.
The Saints came out in the second quarter to take the 23-20 lead. A 6-0 run put the Pilots ahead, and by the one-minute mark, their lead grew to 11 at 36-25.
Halftime stats featured 23 percent shooting for the Saints with just 11 of 47 made, while the Pilots connected on 15 of 34 for 44 percent.
LSUS's Quiana Tucker gave the Pilots their biggest lead of the game at 38-25. The Saints chipped away at the 13-point deficit to six, but Johnesha Major took the Pilots back up by 10 at 52-40. The Saints closed out the third quarter on a 9-0 run but still trailed 50-54.
At the seven-minute mark, the Saints fought to tie the game at 56 on a shot from Francesca Patrick (JR/Killeen, Texas). The teams tied three more times before LSUS's Tucker's field goal gave the Pilots the 68-67 lead. The Saints had six opportunities to tie or regain the lead, but they could not connect before time ran out.
OLLU's Whitney Sandmann (JR/Bentonville, Ark.) led the team in scoring with 18 points on 7-of-19, including two three pointers and two free throws. She added eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Francesca Patrick added 16 points and three steals, while Quintianna LeShore (JR/Indianapolis, Ind.) scored 10 points. Rachel Baity tallied four blocks for the Saints.
LSUS's Kourtney Pennywell scored 24 points and added 13 rebounds, and teammate Quiana Tucker finished with 15 points and 18 rebounds.
Inside the box
The Saints hit 32 percent from the field going 27-of-84 and 4-of-22 from 3-point range for 18 percent. They sank 9-of-15 from the charity stripe for 60 percent.
The Pilots hit 42 percent from the field going 28-of-67 and 1-of-9 from 3-point range for 11 percent. They sank 12-of-22 from the free-throw line for 54 percent.
OLLU forced 24 turnovers and committed 27 fouls, while LSUS forced 17 turnovers and committed 17 fouls.
The Saints will continue their Louisiana trip with a RRAC game against LSU-Alexandria on Jan. 21 at 5 p.m.
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.