SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 30, 2011) -- The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team didn't get many breaks on Wednesday night as the Lady Pilots from Louisiana State University – Shreveport (LSUS) powered through to secure its fourth consecutive win. The 71-54 victory dropped the Saints to 4-2 and even at one in the Red River Athletic Conference, while LSUS improved to 4-2 and 2-0 in conference.
The only bright spot for the Saints was when junior Stacey Darnley (bottom right) surpassed last year's standout Krystal Manning as the Saints' all-time leading scorer. The seven points she scored against LSUS put her at a career 816 points, four more points than Manning accumulated in her two years with the Saints.
The Lady Pilots established the momentum at tipoff as they captured an 18-3 run in just three minutes. Jennifer Davison did her part early on with several steals that resulted in points for the Saints, while Treshenia Solomon followed with successful shots of her own that pushed the Saints to within seven points at 15-21. But successive turnovers and easy missed shots kept them several steps behind the Lady Pilots.
LSUS was limiting the Saints to shooting from the perimeter and beyond, with little to no attempts in the paint. At the half with the Lady Pilots leading 35-20, the Saints had made eight of 31 shots from the field, including one of 14 from 3-point range. LSUS wasn't doing much better at 38 percent from the field and 14 percent from 3-point range, while forcing nine turnovers and giving up seven, but they were outrebounding the Saints 28-17.
The second half fared slightly better for the Saints, as they came to within nine points with less than five minutes left in the game. However, the Lady Pilots' half-court trap defense proved too difficult for the Saints to overcome.
LSUS's Jenna Diakos led all players with 26 points, while teammate Simone Brewer added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double.
Statistically, the Saints made 15 of 62 from the field (24 percent), four of 26 from 3-point range (15 percent) and 17 of 24 (71 percent) from the free-throw line. LSUS shot 44 percent from the field and 65 percent from the free throw line. They attempted just seven 3-pointers, one of which was converted.
The Saints had two players in double digits – Solomon finished with 17 points, while Nashae Owens added 11.
The Saints will travel to Houston on Saturday to take on conference opponent the University of St. Thomas. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.