|LSU Shreveport (La.) 22-9||24||16||28||18||86|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 24-8||14||21||23||16||74|
|Mar. 4, 2017|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|#23 Courtney Randle - 30||Points||#13 Quintianna LeShore - 18|
|2 Players (#31,#34) - 12||Rebounds||#5 Jessika Montalvo - 10|
|#13 Johnesha Major - 9||Assists||2 Players (#13,#20) - 5|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|60% (33 - 55)||Field Goals %||37% (30 - 81)|
|56.3% (9 - 16)||3 Point Field Goals %||32% (8 - 25)|
|57.9% (11 - 19)||Free Throws||46.2% (6 - 13)|
|8||2nd Chance Pts||8|
ALEXANDRIA, LA. (March 4, 2017) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball's bid to repeat as Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Tournament champions hit a brick wall, falling to the LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) Pilots for the second time this season, losing 74-86.
The Pilots' Courtney Randle scored 30 points on 17 shots while the LSUS defense held OLLU to just 37 percent shooting, dropping the No. 15-ranked Saints to 24-8 on the season. LSUS improved to 22-9.
"It wasn't a good day to have a poor defensive effort. LSUS wanted it more and it showed," Head Coach Christopher Minner said. "They made their shots and we didn't. It's a good wake up call.
"The national tournament is more important than this, but I'm still disappointed with a less than championship effort. Nobody got hurt, so that's positive."
OLLU struggled to find many positives after a poor defensive effort. In the Saints' previous win over the Pilots, the OLLU defense managed to force ball handlers towards the baseline and limit quick ball reversals and easy drop off passes to Kourtney Pennywell or Quiana Tucker in the second half. Today, they allowed the Pilots easy access to the middle of the floor, both in the half court and in transition, providing easy opportunities for the Pilots' frontcourt.
Tucker and Pennywell each posted double-doubles, wreaking chaos inside. Tucker finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while Pennywell, the RRAC Player of the Year, had 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
RRAC Defensive Player of the Year Alyssa Ward (SR/Palmeto, Fla.) struggled and played just 22 minutes, finishing with two points, five assists and four rebounds.
LSUS did a fantastic job of denying Ward straight paths to the rim in transition, rotating crisply and denying clean looks without fouling. With Ward struggling, the Saints' defense was missing its punch in the backcourt, allowing LSUS to puncture the middle of the defense by getting the ball below the free-throw line off the dribble or via passes.
Those missteps allowed for easy interior passes for layups or kick out passes to Randle, who finished 6-for-9 from behind the 3-point line, in the corners.
The OLLU offense struggled from the start, going roughly four minutes near the end of the first quarter without a basket to fall behind 24-14.
Quintianna LeShore (JR/Indianapolis, Ind.) led the team offensively with 18 points and five assists, but shot just 7-for-21 from the field. Whitney Sandmann (JR/Bentonville, Ark.) and Jessika Montalvo (SR/Naples, Fla.) were aggressive, scoring 16 and 12 points, respectively; but each shot just 6-for-16 for the game. Sandmann added eight rebounds and two steals to her 16 points and Montalvo added 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Lenoir provided a brief spark of offense in the first half, breaking loose for a couple of 3-pointers to keep the Saints' within striking distance. She finished with 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting, with all her attempts coming from behind the 3-point line. Rachel Baity (JR/San Jose, Calif.) contributed 10 points and four rebounds off the bench.
LeShore and Montalvo were named to the RRAC Women's Basketball All-Tournament Team, listed below:
2017 RRAC Women's Basketball All-Tournament Team
Courtney Randle (LSU-Shreveport) - MVP
Kourtney Pennywell (LSU-Shreveport)
Quiana Tucker (LSU-Shreveport)
Quintianna LeShore (Our Lady of the Lake University)
Jessika Montalvo (Our Lady of the Lake University)
Deandra Darjean (Huston-Tillotson)
Mishae Roper (Huston-Tillotson)
Alexis Bernstine (Wiley)
Sheridan Hopkins (St. Thomas)
Che'Ron Lewis (Langston)
The Saints will now prepare for the NAIA National Championship Tournament, with their seeding and opponent to be announced during a video selection show on March 8 at 7 p.m. Information will be posted at www.NAIA.org.
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.