|Loyola (La.) 26-7||15||19||27||23||84|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 26-6||20||22||19||28||89|
|Mar. 14, 2019|
|Loyola (La.)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|#11 Kaila Anthony - 24||Points||#22 Lena Wilson - 23|
|#20 Chelsea Gray - 6||Rebounds||#25 Destinee King - 21|
|#23 Megan Worry - 5||Assists||#5 Patience Okpe - 7|
|Loyola (La.)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|49.2% (30 - 61)||Field Goals %||33.3% (26 - 78)|
|50% (16 - 32)||3 Point Field Goals %||23.1% (6 - 26)|
|61.5% (8 - 13)||Free Throws||88.6% (31 - 35)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||21|
BILLINGS, MONT. (March 14, 2019) – The outcome from last year's game between Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) and Loyola University New Orleans has haunted the Saints. In 2018 at nationals, the Saints fell to the Wolf Pack in overtime 86-89, and today's game looked like it might go that way, too, after a late Loyola run. But with an 89 percent free-throw percentage, a double-double from Destinee King (SR/Antelope, Calif.) (21 reb./11 points) and outstanding performances from Patience Okpe (JR/Benue, Nigeria), Lena Wilson (JR/Converse, Texas) and Kasey Saldana (JR/San Antonio, Texas), the outcome was definitely more favorable this year with the Saints winning 89-84.
Head Coach Christopher Minner commented, "It was a great effort for 40 minutes. Loyola really shot well and it was a battle. Our rebounding was consistent all game, and we made our free throws. I am really proud of our seniors for how they played today. It feels great to win and advance to the next round. What a difference a year makes. We will be the underdogs going forward but we will be very dangerous. It's a good day to be a Saint!"
The Saints are 1-3 over the Wolf Pack. Aside from last year, the Saints lost 42-64 in 2010 and 67-72 in 2014.
Kasey Saldana started the offense for the Saints with a field goal that was answered by a three from Loyola's Kaila Anthony. The Wolf Pack went up by as high as three before the Saints were able to get a hold of the momentum and close out the quarter with the 20-15 lead.
Patience Okpe sank both of her free throws to put the Saints at 22-15, but soon thereafter, Anthony once again threatened to get within two at 25-23. The Saints persevered to continue their dominance and pulled ahead by 11 at the three-minute mark. They continued to lead by double digits, going as high as 42-29 through the last seconds of the game. Loyola's Presley Wascon made a shot to close out the half with the Saints leading 42-34.
The game got a lot closer in the third quarter, with the Wolf Pack sneaking to within one at the fifth minute. Okpe's shot took the Saints to 57-54 and they went up by as much as seven, before Loyola started carving away again. At the buzzer, the teams tied at 61.
The Saints went back on top in the fourth quarter but the score stayed close. Lena Wilson's 3-pointer gave the Saints their highest lead since the third quarter. After Saldana missed her three, she was fouled and her free throws gave the Saints the 10-point lead at 80-70 with less than five minutes remaining in the game. The Wolf Pack did not give up as they got to within three, but the Saints prevailed to win 89-84.
OLLU dominated the offensive glass puling down an imprssive 21 offensive rebounds. The Saints' clutch free-throw shooting (31-35) down the stretch held off a late Loyola ralley.
Four Saints scored in double figures, led by Lena Wilson's 23 points, including 8-of-8 free throws, Patience Okpe's 19 points, including 11-of-12 from the charity stripe, and Kasey Saldana's 17 points, including 5-of-6 from free-throw range. Destinee King's 11 points were added to a phenomenal 21 rebounds for the senior standout.
Inside the box
OLLU shot 26-of-78 from the field for 33 percent, 6-of-26 from 3-point range for 25.1 percent and 31-of-35 from the charity strioe for 88.6 percent. Loyola shot 30-of-61 from the field for 49.2 percent, 16-of-32 from 3-point range for 50 percent and 8-of-13 from the free-throw line for 61.5 percent.
The Saints retrieved 21 offensive rebounds and 26 on defense for a total of 47. Loyola got seven on offense and 33 on defense for a total of 40 percent. The Saints committed 15 turnovers while forcing 21.
The Saints will advance to the second round where they will play the Wayland Baptist University, who defeated William Jessup University 93-38.The game is set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15.