|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 6-1/1-0||29||35||26||30||120|
|Paul Quinn (Texas) 5-7/0-1||9||22||23||30||84|
|Dec. 6, 2018|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||Paul Quinn (Texas)|
|#24 Kasey Saldana - 22||Points||#3 Raneisha Williams - 19|
|#25 Destinee King - 11||Rebounds||#23 Joydazia Norman - 11|
|#11 Samantha Atkinson-Roach - 5||Assists||#20 Destinee Medlock - 4|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||Paul Quinn (Texas)|
|54.8% (46 - 84)||Field Goals %||39.1% (25 - 64)|
|43.3% (13 - 30)||3 Point Field Goals %||46.7% (7 - 15)|
|71.4% (15 - 21)||Free Throws||61.4% (27 - 44)|
|15||2nd Chance Pts||15|
DALLAS (Dec. 6, 2018) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team opened up Red River Athletic Conference play against Paul Quinn College (PQC). OLLU crushed the Lady Tigers 120-84. The No. 12 Saints improve to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play. PQC moves to 5-7 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Head Coach Christopher Minner stated, "I thought that in the first half we played decent defense and in the second half we decided not to play decent defense. We are going to score like that because we hit shots. It was hard for them to defend us. We got to the rim in the first quarter and we made a lot of threes. We can score 120 points on anybody if we're making shots. We have to defend better and rebound better. I think Paul Quinn is one of the top four teams in the conference, so it's not like they're a poor team. We just need to hold ourselves to a higher standard when it comes to rebounds and defense. Coming here and scoring 120 points is good, but we just have to get better at certain things and play better against Texas College. I thought our focus was there in the beginning of the game, but it's hard when you're up by 40 points and have to maintain that same level of focus."
Tonight's game marks the 17th time in program history that the Saints and Lady Tigers have met. The Saints have prevailed over PQC 16 times and their only loss came last season in a nonconference match up.
The Saints came out aggressively in the first quarter opening up the game with a 3-pointer from Lena Wilson (JR/Converse, Texas) that was just short of the basket. Patience Okpe (JR/Benue, Nigeria) rebounded the ball and put it back in for two points. PQC got on the board after Joydazia Norman made one-of-two free-throws for the Lady Tigers. OLLU's offense proved to be too powerful for the Lady Tigers. The Saints recorded 29 points with Kasey Saldana (JR/San Antonio, Texas) ending the period with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
To start the second quarter, the Lady Tigers started scoring early. Destinee Medlock put the Lady Tigers on the board bring the score to 29-11. The Saints were on an offensive run generating points from free-throws and jump shots. High scorer for the Saints, Saldana added free throws for the Saints that brought the score to 34-15. Destinee King (SR/Antelope, Calif.) aided the Saints with her tremendous play inside of the paint. She rebounded the ball for the Saints and proved to be an offensive threat.
Scoring in the third quarter got underway quickly with Te-Ana Washington getting PQC on the board to make it 33-64. The Saints answered back with a jumper made by King to give the Saints a 33-point lead over the Lady Tigers. OLLU ended the third quarter with a 37-point lead.
The Saints were gunning for the century mark in the game by the fourth quarter. OLLU had hit 100-points or more in two games this season against Texas A&M International and Edward Waters College. Symore Carmenar scored to put the Lady Tigers on the board early in the quarter, but the Saints' offense proved to be too dominant for PQC. OLLU hit the century mark with a shot inside of the paint from Dezeree White (FR/Houston, Texas). The Saints did not let up after the score jumped to 101-60. They continued to make shots, but their defense was lacking and provided PQC with the opportunity to jump back in the game and score 30 points in the fourth quarter.
Leading the offensive charge for the Saints was Saldana. She recorded 22 points in the win. Wilson was the team's second highest scorer recording 18 points followed by King who recorded another double-double this season. She tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds. Mikki Flores (SR/San Antonio, Texas) tallied 11 points and Jamia Miller (JR/Odessa, Texas) recorded 12 points. All of the Saints scored in tonight's game Brianna Henson (SR/Dunlap, Ill.) had nine, Okpe had eight, Dezeree White with seven, Samantha Atkinson-Roach (JR/Houston, Texas) with six and Regina Sheffield (SR/Menifee, Calif.) with five. Zerina Shatri (SO/Prishtine, Kosovo), Alexis Casillas (FR/Santa Ana, Calif.) and Alexis White (FR/Houston, Texas) each had two.
The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Raneisha Williams with 19 points, Carmenar with 17 points and Washington with 13 points. Norman added 11 rebounds and Carmenar had seven.
Inside the box
The Saints shot 46-of-84 from the field for 54.7 percent, 13-of-30 from beyond the arc for 43.3 percent and 15-of-21 from the free-throw line for 71.4 percent. The Lady Tigers shot 25-of-64 from the field for 39 percent, 7-of-15 from 3-point range for 46.6 percent and 27-of-44 from the free-throw line for 61.3 percent. OLLU ended the night with 43 rebounds, 17 assists and 10 steals. PQC tallied 44 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals. The Saints committed 13 turnovers, while PQC recorded 23.
The Saints will continue their road trip with a stop in Tyler, Texas. OLLU will face Texas College in a RRAC contest beginning at 5:30 p.m.