|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 20-7, 15-1 RRAC||21||12||25||31||89|
|Huston-Tillotson (Texas) 14-6, 11-5 RRAC||14||24||24||13||75|
|Feb. 15, 2017|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||Huston-Tillotson (Texas)|
|#20 Alyssa Ward - 27||Points||#21 Lolita Franklin - 17|
|#40 Rachel Baity - 18||Rebounds||#10 Deandra Darjean - 15|
|#20 Alyssa Ward - 3||Assists||#10 Deandra Darjean - 7|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||Huston-Tillotson (Texas)|
|41.5% (34 - 82)||Field Goals %||38.2% (29 - 76)|
|12.5% (2 - 16)||3 Point Field Goals %||26.1% (6 - 23)|
|59.4% (19 - 32)||Free Throws||45.8% (11 - 24)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
AUSTIN, TEXAS (Feb. 15, 2017) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Saints women's basketball team dominated the Huston-Tillotson University (HTU) Rams in the fourth quarter for an 89-75 win.
After struggling in the second and third quarters, the No. 16-ranked Saints pulled away with a 31-13 fourth quarter to improve to 20-7 on the season and 15-1 in conference play. The Rams drop to 14-6 overall and 11-5 in conference.
Alyssa Ward (SR/Palmeto, Fla.) led three OLLU players in double figures with 27 points, grabbing a game-high five steals and dishing out three assists. It was her eighth game with five or more steals this season, with her 3.63 steals per game ranking third in the NAIA.
|Head Coach Christopher Minner shares his thoughts after the game.|
The Saints' defense, which ranks first in the nation in steals with 15.23 per game, forced 23 turnovers, including 15 steals. Backup guard Francesca Patrick (JR/Killeen, Texas) matched Ward with five steals while scoring 17 points and grabbing six rebounds.
After OLLU started the game on a 10-3 run, creating havoc and forcing turnovers, HTU matched the Saints point-for-point the rest of the quarter to keep OLLU's lead at 21-14. That momentum carried over in the second quarter as the Saints struggled to finish at the rim and gain any traction offensively, which hindered their ability to set the press.
The Rams doubled up the Saints in points with a 24-12 second quarter to take a 38-33 lead at halftime.
OLLU missed several transition opportunities at the rim in the third quarter, with three missed layups leading directly to HTU fast break points. The Saints also struggled from outside, hitting just 2-for-16 from the 3-point line with sharpshooter Julia Rendon (JR/San Antonio, Texas) hitting just 1-for-4 from deep before fouling out.
Head Coach Christopher Minner turned to a three-guard lineup of Ward, Patrick and Quintianna LeShore (JR/Indianapolis, Ind.) at times during the fourth quarter, attacking the Rams' defense relentlessly from all angles.
Ward drove through the teeth of the defense, Patrick picked her spots and LeShore got going in the fourth quarter, hitting several tough pull-up jumpers between the elbows and restricted area to finish as the third Saint in double figures with 16 points.
Rachel Baity (JR/San Jose, Calif.) had eight points off the bench and controlled the glass, recording a career-high 18 rebounds.
Five HTU players scored in double figures, led by Lolita Franklin, who scored 17 points. Deandra Darjean had a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds to go with a game-high seven assists. Mishae Roper also had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Charmin Woods and Victoria Elizalde each had 10 points off the bench.
The Saints will hit the road for one final nonconference game against Paul Quinn College on Feb. 8. OLLU will host LSU-Shreveport and LSU-Alexandria on Feb. 24-25 to end the regular season.
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.