|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 22-8,16-2||22||30||29||17||98|
|LSU Alexandria (La.) 9-13, 9-9||25||18||9||19||71|
|Feb. 24, 2018|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||LSU Alexandria (La.)|
|#24 Kasey Saldana - 17||Points||#11 Katie Lemieux - 20|
|#25 Destinee King - 9||Rebounds||#30 Tamia Hewitt - 11|
|#24 Kasey Saldana - 7||Assists||#22 Jena Mabile - 9|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||LSU Alexandria (La.)|
|50.6% (39 - 77)||Field Goals %||39.1% (27 - 69)|
|41.2% (7 - 17)||3 Point Field Goals %||34.8% (8 - 23)|
|81.3% (13 - 16)||Free Throws||47.4% (9 - 19)|
|15||2nd Chance Pts||18|
SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 24, 2018) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team secured a No. 2 seed in the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament and a first-round bye after defeated LSU-Alexandria (LSUA) 98-71. In the last game of the regular season, the Saints end with a conference record of 16-2 and improve to 22-8 overall, while LSUA drops to 9-13 overall and 9-9 in conference.
The Saints are 8-0 against the Generals. In their first match up this season, the Saints won 99-85.
Head Coach Christopher Minner commented, "This was a good bounce back win. We had a lot of players in double figures. We really played well in the second and third period. Now we need to get ready for the conference tournament on Friday. We still have a chance for our second tournament championship, and we just need to stay focused and execute."
OLLU's Quintianna LeShore (SR/Indianapolis, Ind.) got the Saints on board first, but the Generals shot back to take a 10-4 lead. They went up by eight at the half-way point, and a field goal from Shelanita Starks gave the Generals a 20-11 lead. They maintained the advantage through the rest of the quarter, ending with the 25-22 lead over the Saints.
The Saints had the edge in the second period at the start, scoring four points to take over the lead. The Saints quickly went up by nine on shots from Destinee King (JR/Antelope, Calif.) and Francesca Patrick (SR/Killeen, Texas). At the three-minute mark, the Generals got back to within one at 39-40. A 3-pointer form Kasey Saldana (SO/San Antonio, Texas) moved the Saints back on top, and they ended the half with the 52-43 lead.
King's field goal in the third quarter gave the Saints their first double-digit lead at 56-45. The Saints continued on a 16-0 run to lead 68-45. LeShore gave the Saints their biggest lead of the game at 72-47 with four minutes left in the period. Her made free throws pushed the Saints to an 81-52 lead to end the quarter.
Regina Sheffield (JR/Menifee, Calif.) started the last period with a shot to give the Saints their first 30-plus lead at 83-52. The Saints continued to dominate, ending the game with the 98-71 win.
Saldana led the Saints with 17 points. She went 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-7 from 3-point range. LeShore added 16 points, followed by King with 14, Patrick with 13 and Julia Rendon (SR/San Antonio, Texas) and Lena Wilson (SO/Converse, Texas) with 12 points each.
LSUA's Katie Lemieux led her team with 20 points, followed by Lillie Snowden with 19 and Tamia Hewitt with 10.
King led the Saints in rebounding with nine. LSUA's Hewitt had 11 and Lemieux had 10.
Saldana had seven assists for the Saints. Jena Mabile finished with nine assists for LSUA.
Inside the Box Score
OLLU combined for 39-of-77 shooting for 50.6 percent, 7-of-17 from beyond the arc for 41.2 percent, and 13-of-16 from the charity stripe for 81.3 percent. LSUA was 27-of-69 for 39.1 percent, 8-of-23 in 3-point attempts for 34.8 percent, and 9-of-19 free throws for 47.4 percent.
OLLU collected 40 total rebounds, while LSUA tallied 47. OLLU forced 19 turnovers and committed seven.
The Saints will get set for the conference tournament that begins on March 1 in Longview, Texas. OLLU will have the first-round bye and will play the highest remaining seed at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 2. The championship game will take place on Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m.