OLLU's Krystal Manning has career-best game to help Saints beat Texas College in women's basketball
Women's Basketball - Thu, Dec. 2, 2010
Photos by Jennifer Herrera.
SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 29, 2010) -- The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team handed the Texas College (TC) Lady Steers their first loss of the season last Monday evening at Mabee Gymnasium. The Saints won 80-65 to improve their conference record to 2-0 and 3-2 overall, while Texas College drops to 7-1 and 1-1 in conference.
With a gymnasium packed to near capacity on the school's first day back from the Thanksgiving holiday, the Saints put on an exciting up-tempo game for the fans. Starters Stacey Darnley, Jasmine Fuller, Krystal Manning, Vernessa Roberts and Alisha Crump took possession of the ball at tip-off, and after a missed 3-pointer, TC's Elise Kea rebounded and Cherisa Sellers scored the game's first points. Darnley answered quickly with a 3-point field goal to take the lead 3-2, which OLLU would hold onto through the 11th minute when TC took over at 23-22. The game stayed at 25-22 for more than a minute until the Saints began their ascent to regain the lead at 28-27 with less than eight minutes left in the first half. The teams tied at 29, but a field goal and a bonus free throw by Fuller gave the Saints the 32-29 lead. A 14-3 run took the teams to the locker room with the Saints ahead 46-32.
During the first half, senior captain Manning made five of seven field goals including two of two 3- pointers and four of four free throws. Not one to sit on her laurels after her 16-point first half, Manning came out onto the court ready to continue with her record-breaking performance. After a failed shot by Darnley (at right), Manning took a second-chance shot from beyond the perimeter to sink a 3-pointer and increase the Saints lead to 49-32. The Saints scored a total of 19 second-chance points in the game.
The Saints managed to control their turnovers with the Lady Steers holding more than half of the game's 44 total. OLLU scored 25 points off TC turnovers, while TC scored 12 off OLLU turnovers.
Half-way into the second half, Manning broke her own career high 23 points, and with a few minutes left in the game, she shattered OLLU's all-time high of 27 points made by Darnley during last year's game against Huston-Tillotson University on Jan. 14. Manning hit nine of 14 field goals, four of seven 3-pointers and 10 of 12 free throws to finish with 32 points.
Danley added 12 points, four steals, while Crump tallied nine rebounds. Lead scorer for the Lady Steers was Chardonnay Nelson, who had 15 points.
The Saints will travel to Hobbs, N.M. to play the University of the Southwest on Thursday. In previous matchups against Southwest, the Saints lost 68-80 and won 75-70. Southwest is currently 1-1 in conference and 3-5 overall.