|Our Lady of the Lake 3-1||28||19||20||22||89|
|Oklahoma City 4-1||21||7||24||29||81|
|Nov. 17, 2018|
|Abe Lemons Arena in Oklahoma City|
|Our Lady of the Lake||Indv. Leaders||Oklahoma City|
|#24 Kasey Saldana - 33||Points||#05 Mallory Lockhart - 18|
|3 Players - 6||Rebounds||2 Players (#14,#33) - 7|
|2 Players (#22,#05) - 3||Assists||#03 Shamika Smith - 6|
|Our Lady of the Lake||Team Statistics||Oklahoma City|
|37.1% (23 - 62)||Field Goals %||42.4% (28 - 66)|
|46.2% (12 - 26)||3 Point Field Goals %||25% (6 - 24)|
|93.9% (31 - 33)||Free Throws||76% (19 - 25)|
|16||2nd Chance Pts||20|
OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 17, 2018) – Fueled by another outstanding performance from Kasey Saldana (JR/San Antonio, Texas), the No. 15 Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team defeated No. 10 Oklahoma City University (OCU) 89-81 to conclude the Oklahoma City Classic. The win moves the Saints to 3-1, while the Stars suffer their first loss and drop to 4-1.
Head Coach Christopher Minner said, "It was a fantastic bounce back [after Friday's loss to Wayland Baptist University]. It was a great effort today on both ends of the floor. We showed today that we can compete with the elite teams in the country. We really shot the ball well in the first half and got them out of their zone. It's a big win for our program. We need to keep getting better. We showed a lot of heart, effort and determination today. This is a great win early in the season."
The Stars own the series against the Saints 3-4. The teams' first matchup was at the NAIA National Championships in 2012 which saw the Stars win 91-73. The following two games also were won by the Stars 108-83 and 87-85. In 2016, the Saints were finally able to beat OCU 83-63, but the Saints lost later that year 100-92. Last season, OLLU came out on top 96-93.
The Stars had an opportunity to take a big lead to open the game, but two missed 3-pointers and a jumper within the first minute of the quarter gave the Saints the advantage as Lena Wilson (JR/Converse, Texas) drained her three. OCU went on a 7-0 run to recover and lead 7-3. The Stars continued to push ahead through the fourth minute when Saldana made her second 3-pointer to give the Saints their first lead since the start of the game at 13-11. Saldana missed a three, but sank two in a row to push the Saints to a 19-13 lead. Patience Okpe (JR/Benue, Nigeria) joined in on the 3-point fest by making hers as the Saints pulled ahead 22-13. The Stars got to within five, but the Saints closed out the quarter leading 28-21.
The Stars got to within five again at the onset of the second quarter, but a pair of 3-pointers from Saldana move the Saints to a double-digit lead at 34-23. Saldana connected on her sixth 3-pointer with one minute left in the half, and with 20 seconds remaining, she made her seventh three to end the period with the Saints leading 47-28.
OLLU's Lena Wilson, who had three points coming in to the third quarter, took over the Saints offense in the third to score 12 points. She led the Saints to a 26-point lead at the six-minute mark, but it was not enough to stop the Starts. With the Saints leading 65-45, the Stars went on a 7-0 run to end the third quarter trailing the Saints by 15 at 67-52.
It was Okpe's turn to fuel the Saints' offense in the fourth quarter to score 12 points. With five minutes remaining in the game, the Stars got to within single digits, led by Mallory Lockart, who contributed 16 points in the final period. Her shots pushed the Stars to within six with 49 seconds left. Okpe, who made several trips to the charity stripe in the last seconds, kept the Saints ahead to finish out the game, giving the Saints the 89-81 win.
Saldana, who scored 25 points against Xavier last week, missing her career high 26 points from the 2017-2018 season, passed that mark by seven to end today's game with 33 points. She made 10-of-20 from the field, 8-of-15 from 3-point range and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. Saldana also had three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Okpe scored 22 points, shooting 5-of-9 from the field, 2-of-2 3-pointers and a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. Hers was the second-best free-throw performance in a game in Saints history. Okpe also added three assists and two steals.
Wilson added 16 points, plus three rebounds and three assists.
OCU's Lockhart led her team in scoring with 18 points, and teammate Abby Selzer added 17. Taylor LaCour and Taylor Sylvester recorded seven rebounds each, while Shamika Smith added six assists.
Inside the box
OLLU combined for 23-of-62 shooting for 37.1 percent, 12-of-26 from beyond the arc for 46.2 percent and 31-of-33 from the charity stripe for 93.9 percent. OCU was 28-of-68 for 42.4 percent, 6-of-24 in 3-point attempts for 25 percent, and 19-of-25 free throws for 76 percent.
OLLU collected 39 total rebounds, while OCU tallied 42. OLLU forced 19 turnovers and committed 19.
From Nov. 23-24, the Saints will host the fourth Halo Classic; the last one took place in 2013. Participants include Edward Waters College, Dillard University and Oklahoma City University.