|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 28-7||27||10||19||14||70|
|Oklahoma City 33-4||22||13||20||30||85|
|Mar. 18, 2019|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||Oklahoma City|
|#25 Destinee King - 18||Points||#40 Abby Selzer - 20|
|#25 Destinee King - 12||Rebounds||#25 NaShyla Hammons - 17|
|#5 Patience Okpe - 5||Assists||#25 NaShyla Hammons - 4|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||Oklahoma City|
|36.6% (26 - 71)||Field Goals %||43.6% (24 - 55)|
|20.8% (5 - 24)||3 Point Field Goals %||30.8% (4 - 13)|
|76.5% (13 - 17)||Free Throws||86.8% (33 - 38)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||16|
BILLINGS, MONT. (March 19, 2019)– Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball ended its historic run at the NAIA National Championship Tournament after losing to No. 10 ranked Oklahoma City University 85-70. The semifinals is the highest the women's team has played in in program history. Oklahoma City advances to the finals to play Montana Western later this evening. The Saints finish out their season with a 28-7 record.
Head Coach Christopher Minner commented, "It was a great season – eight minutes away from making the championship game. I am disappointed we did not play our best, but what an awesome season for our program. We needed to make shots against their zone and just didn't shoot very well. This team made history and brought national attention to OLLU. They paved the way for future teams. I owe so much to our seniors for everything they accomplished for this program. We will be back next year!"
Historic school accomplishment
The Saints have done something no other team at OLLU has done. Their semifinals finish is the best accomplishment than any other team in the school's 12-year history of intercollegiate athletics. The men's basketball team previously made the round of 16 twice and the round of eight twice. The men's golf team finished seventh overall at nationals. The volleyball team made it to the pool play (second round). The men's soccer team made it to the first round. The women's soccer team has made it to nationals four times. The men's and women's cross-country teams have made it to nationals several times. The softball team made it to the opening round, and individuals have made it to the track and field indoor and outdoor national meets.
This is the eighth time the two teams have faced each other. Earlier this season, the Saints defeated to the Stars 89-81.
- The Stars held a 5-0 lead before the Saints went on a 10-0 run to take over the lead in the first quarter. The Saints continued to dominate, ending the first period with the 27-22 lead. The surge was led by Destinee King (SR/Antelope, Calif.), who chalked up 10 points and four rebounds.
- The Saints continued to lead in the second quarter through the seventh minute, when the Starts tied it up at 29. The game tied again at 35, but the Stars were not able to gain the lead. The Saints closed out the half leading 37-35. Okpe shot through the top to log in a game-high 14 points, while King continued to dominate on the boards with six rebounds.
- After the teams' fourth tie of the game, the Stars were finally able to take the lead at the 10th minute, by one at 40-39. They went up by five before the Saints' Dezeree White (FR/Houston, Texas) sank a three to get the Saints back on top at 45-44. The teams kept it close going back and forth, adding the fifth and sixth ties, and the Stars were able to take over the lead by as high as four at 53-49. Another three from White gave the Saints the lead at the end of the third quarter at 56-55. Okpe led the scoring with 16 points, and King led the offense with 12 rebounds.
- Winning each of the three quarters, the Saints were confident they'd be able to finish off the game with the win. Nevertheless, Oklahoma City used a strong fourth quarter, having four players in double figures, to complete the 85-70 win.
- The Saints also had four players score in double-figures, led by Destinee King's 18-point, 12-rebound double-double. Patience Okpe (JR/Benue, Nigeria) added 16 points, five assists and three steals. Mikki Flores (SR/San Antonio, Texas) and Dezeree White both scored 10 points each.
- The Saints' bench contributed 24 points, while the Stars' bench added 47.
- The largest Saints lead was nine, and Oklahoma City led by 15 in the fourth quarter. The teams tied eight times and the lead changed 10 times.
Inside the box
The Saints went 26-of-71 from the field for 36.6 percent, 5-of-24 from 3-point range for 20.8 percent and 13-of-17 free throws for 76.5 percent. Oklahoma City shot 24-of-55 from the field for 43.6 percent, 4-of-13 from 3-point range for 30.8 percent and 33-of-38 from the charity stripe for 86.8 percent.
The Saints forced 14 turnovers, while committing 10.
- Patience Okpe led the Saints in the tournament. In four games, she made 25 field goals, one three, 27 free throws for a total of 78 points, or 19.5 points a game. She had 10 steals for 2.50 steals per game. Okpe had 24 assists for a 6.0 average.
- Destinee King was second in scoring. In four games, she made 29 field goals and 11 free throws for a total of 69 points, or 17.25 points a game. She added 58 rebounds, 18 on offense and 40 on defense, for 14.50 per game.
- Lena Wilson (JR/Converse, Texas) was third with 20 field goals made, seven threes, 19 free throws for a total of 66 points, or 16.50 points a game.
- Kasey Saldana scored her 1,000 point against Campbellsville during the round of eight. She finishes with 1,024 points.
- OLLU had the most points scored with 349 for an average of 87.25 per game.
- The Saints made 102 free throws, the most in the tournament, out of 121, also the most, for an average of .843.
- They had 112 field goals out of 272 - the most in the tournament, for an average of .412.
- They averaged 38 rebounds for an average of 152.
- They had 44 steals – the most in the tournament – for an average of 11.00.