|LSU Shreveport (La.) 15-13||20||10||21||17||68|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 25-6||19||23||22||27||91|
|Mar. 2, 2019|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|#32 Fu'tra Banks - 22||Points||#22 Lena Wilson - 31|
|3 Players - 9||Rebounds||#25 Destinee King - 11|
|#24 Leah Silva - 4||Assists||#5 Patience Okpe - 5|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|42.4% (25 - 59)||Field Goals %||40.3% (31 - 77)|
|25% (3 - 12)||3 Point Field Goals %||40% (12 - 30)|
|60% (15 - 25)||Free Throws||58.6% (17 - 29)|
|17||2nd Chance Pts||11|
TEXARKANA, TEXAS (March 2, 2019) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team has captured its third Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Championship title after defeating LSU-Shreveport 91-68. The Saints will get an automatic bid for the NAIA National Championship Tournament that takes place March 13-19 in Billings, Mont. The bracket reveals will be held March 6 at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live.
Head Coach Christopher Minner commented, "We dictated the tempo of the game and made them play 40 minutes fast-paced. It helped that we had a bye in the first round. I thought we rebounded better this game than last time we played them. It felt good to cut another net down and avenge an earlier loss. Every senior who has played for me has won a championship so I felt good that our seniors were able to win this one. We need to get better and make a run in Montana."
The Saints are 14-12 against the Pilots. Earlier this season, the Saint won 80-57 and then lost the second matchup 76-79.
The Saints struggled to get their footing at the beginning as they trailed 3-7 before a 3-pointer from Briana Henson and a basket by Lena Wilson (JR/Converse, Texas) put them on top 8-7. The teams went back and fourth through close to the end of the first quarter when a basket from Wilson tied the game at 14. Nevertheless, the Pilots were able to maintain their slight lead to close out the period leading 20-19.
Within two minutes into the second quarter, the Saints went ahead 27-20. Wilson sank a 3-pointer, a field goal and several free throws to get the team ahead. The Saints never let go of the lead through the end of the half closing it out at 42-30.
The third quarter was no different. The Saints directed the tempo, but the game remained close enough that the Pilots could make a run for it. At the eighth minute, LSUS got to within seven at 38-45. Kasey Saldana (JR/San Antonio, Texas) returned with a 3-pointer to give the Saints the double-digit lead again at 48-38. In the fifth minute, LSUS standout Fu'tra Banks sank a basket to get her team to within six at 42-48. A three from Saldana got the Saints back on track with less than four minutes remaining in the third at 55-42. From that point on, the Saints kept the momentum to close out the period at 64-51.
The fourth quarter featured much of the same as the Saints dominated to win 92-68.
Lena Wilson set a new career high record of 31 points scored. She made 12-of-24 from the field, including 4-of-7 3-pointers and 3-of-8 free throws. Patience Okpe (JR/Benue, Nigeria) added 18 points and Kasey Saldana scored 17. Destinee King (SR/Antelope, Calif.) finished with 11 rebounds.
Fu'tra Banks scored 22 points for the Pilots.
Inside the box
The Saints went 31-of-77 from the field, 12-of-30 from 3-point range and 17-of-29 from the free-throw line. The Pilots went 25-of-59 from the field, 3-of-12 from 3-point range and 15-of-25 from the charity stripe. The Saints added 45 rebounds and 12 assists, while LSUS tallied 47 rebounds and 10 assists. The Saints forced 26 turnovers while committing 14.
The Saints will find out March 6 when and who they will play in the nationals.