|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 21-7, 14-1||18||27||14||13||72|
|Paul Quinn (Texas) 8-18||18||14||19||14||65|
|Feb. 18, 2017|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||Paul Quinn (Texas)|
|#23 Francesca Patrick - 23||Points||#22 Alexis Johnson - 12|
|#23 Francesca Patrick - 7||Rebounds||#4 Courtney Carter - 10|
|#20 Alyssa Ward - 2||Assists||#24 Te'Anna Washington - 6|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||Paul Quinn (Texas)|
|25.4% (17 - 67)||Field Goals %||33.3% (17 - 51)|
|18.5% (5 - 27)||3 Point Field Goals %||33.3% (4 - 12)|
|66% (33 - 50)||Free Throws||71.1% (27 - 38)|
|12||2nd Chance Pts||7|
DALLAS (Feb. 18, 2017) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Saints women's basketball team defeated the Paul Quinn College (PQC) Tigers 72-65 in one final nonconference game before the last week of the regular season.
Francesca Patrick (JR/Killeen, Texas) scored a career-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds and seven steals in a rare start for the No. 16-ranked Saints, who improve to 21-7 on the season. OLLU is 14-1 in conference play, which is good enough for first place in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) standings. The Tigers drop to 8-18 on the season.
Looking to rest key players ahead of the conference tournament, Head Coach Christopher Minner changed the Saints' usual starting lineup, inserting Patrick, Chelsea Foster (SR/De Soto, Texas) and Rachel Baity (JR/San Jose, Calif.) for regulars Jessika Montalvo (SR/Naples, Fla.), Julia Rendon (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and Quintianna LeShore (JR/Indianapolis, Ind.).
"We accomplished our two goals, which were to win the game and avoid injuries," Minner said. "We did that, now we need to focus on a chance to win the conference outright on Friday."
With different lineups on the floor, the Saints got out to a slow start, finishing the first quarter tied 18-18. OLLU gained all the separation it needed in a 27-14 second quarter behind dominant stretches from Patrick (nine points, three rebounds and three steals in the quarter) and Alyssa Ward (SR/Palmeto, Fla.) (eight points and two rebounds in the second quarter).
For the game, the Saints struggled to convert on shots, hitting just 25.4 percent from the field, including 5-for-27 (18.5 percent) from the 3-point line. OLLU compensated by forcing 30 turnovers, including 15 steals, for a 23-13 advantage in points off turnovers.
Patrick shot just 5-for-13 from the field, but propped up her efficiency by shooting 12-for-14 from the free-throw line for her 23 points. Ward finished with 15 points as the only other OLLU player in double figures, shooting 9-for-16 from the free-throw line before fouling out.
Four PQC players scored in double figures, led by Alexis Johnson, who had 12 points and six rebounds. Kierra Clines, Jada Peltier and Arteria McDowell each finished with 10 points.
The Saints will close their regular season at home, hosting LSU-Shreveport and LSU-Alexandria on Feb. 24-25. LSU-Shreveport, which plays OLLU on Friday, is the only RRAC team to defeat the Saints this season. OLLU has an opportunity to clinch its fifth consecutive RRAC regular season championship.
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.