|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 11-4||19||26||20||7||72|
|Menlo (Calif.) 11-2||22||18||24||19||83|
|Dec. 30, 2018|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||Menlo (Calif.)|
|#22 Lena Wilson - 18||Points||#23 Destinee Bowie - 29|
|#25 Destinee King - 10||Rebounds||#23 Destinee Bowie - 19|
|2 Players (#22,#24) - 2||Assists||#31 Aliyah Brantley - 7|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||Menlo (Calif.)|
|32.9% (23 - 70)||Field Goals %||43.3% (29 - 67)|
|13.3% (2 - 15)||3 Point Field Goals %||33.3% (6 - 18)|
|72.7% (24 - 33)||Free Throws||82.6% (19 - 23)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
ATHERTON, CALIF. (Dec. 30, 2018) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team dominated through three quarters but fell flat in the final period to Menlo College in a 75-66 loss. The Saints drop to 11-4 overall, while Menlo improves to 11-2.
Head Coach Christopher Minner commented, "It was a good game for 30 minutes. We can't go 0-10 from three and shoot 19 percent in a half and expect to beat an elite eight team. We gave up too many second change points and came up a little short. We can't play okay against a team that is better than us and expect to win. We had a good preseason, but not sure how we will respond going forward."
This is the first matchup between the No. 12 Saints and No. 14 Oaks.
The Oaks went up 5-0 before the Saints could put their own points on the board. By the six-minute mark, Patience Okpe (JR/Benue, Nigeria) made a layup to push the Saints to their first lead at 8-7. After two minutes had passed, the teams tied at 13, 15 and 19. The Oaks were able to get the momentum to take the first quarter 22-19.
Regina Sheffield (SR/Menifee, Calif.) started the second quarter with a layup followed by a jumper from Lena Wilson (JR/Converse, Texas) that returned the lead to the Saints at 23-22. A 3-pointer from Brianna Henson (SR/Dunlap, Ill.) started a rally for the Saints giving them a six-point lead at 30-24. Alexis Casillas (FR/Santa Ana, Calif.) gave the Saints their biggest lead of the game at 36-26. The Saints were unstoppable going into the locker room, while the Oaks uncharacteristically missed quite a few layups and suffered more turnovers than they usually do.
The second half featured all of the starting Menlo guards in foul trouble, something that the Saints were keen of taking advantage. Through the first nine minutes, the Saints seemed unstoppable, as Menlo appeared erratic with the fouls taking their best players out of the game, but Menlo game back to get to within one point, closing out the third with the Saints leading 65-64.
The final period saw a surge in the Oaks as they scored the first 10 points. OLLU put the first points after five minutes had passed. With that, the Oaks pushed through a game-high 13-point lead. With less than two minutes on the clock, Menlo took the game to 83-72, and no other points were scored.
Menlo's Destinee Bowie led her team with 29 points, followed by Anya Gamez with 16 and Mira Love-Sangco with 14. Bowie added 19 rebounds and Aliyah Brantle had 10 rebounds.
Inside the box
OLLU combined for 23-of-70 shooting for 32.9 percent, 2-of-15 from beyond the arc for 13.3 percent and 24-of-33 from the charity stripe for 72.7 percent. Menlo was 29-of-67 for 43.3 percent, 6-of-18 in 3-point attempts for 33.3 percent, and 19-of-23 free throws for 82.6 percent.
OLLU collected 43 rebounds, while Menlo tallied 46. OLLU forced 23 turnovers and committed 21.
The Saints will celebrate New Year's and then get back to work. They will host LSU-Alexandria on Jan. 3 and LSU-Shreveport on Jan. 5.