Photos by Dan Constantin.
SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 6, 2012)— The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team remains near the top of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) after defeating the Texas College Steers 92-56 in a conference game Thursday night in Mabee Gymnasium.
The win puts the Saints' record at 11-2 overall and 6-1 in the RRAC. The team currently sits ½ a game behind league-leader Langston University (12-0/6-0). Texas College drops to 1-10 overall and 1-4 in the RRAC.
The Saints put up the first points of the game when Trenshenia Solomon netted an easy two points on an assist from Jasmine Fuller. The Steers immediately took the ball to their end of the court for two. Stacey Darnley (at right) came out with a pair of 3-pointers that put the Saints up by five points. The team continued with the intensity and furthered its lead over the Lady Steers. A string of layups and 3-pointers contributed to the lead, and with seven minutes remaining in the half, Nikkia Davis put up two on an assist from Fuller that put the Saints up by 25 points.
The Steers fought to stay in the game and reduce the gap between them and the Saints, but the Saints fought just a little bit harder. At the half, the Saints went into the locker room up by 23 points 47-24, with the Saints shooting 39 percent from the field.
The second half looked very similar to the first. Darnley put up the first points of the first half when she sank a three on an assist from Davis. The Steers fought to come back against the Saints, but had a hard time as the Saints' intensity got the best of them.
The Saints were able to force a total of 39 turnovers, many of which led to points for the Saints. With less than eight minutes remaining in the game, Ashley Hicks (at left) put up two that gave the Saints a 37-point lead. Even with such a large gap the Saints kept pushing, and a steal by Stephanie Nunez with three seconds left ended the game in favor of the Saints 92-56.
Darnley also led in steals with six. She leads the conference in total steals (52) and steals per game (4.0). Davis added four steals, and Jennifer Davison recorded three.
Davis led in assists with five, followed by Owens who had four.
The Saints shot 54 percent from the free-throw line, made 38 percent of their field goals, and shot 30 percent from the 3-point line.
Head Coach Rusty Kennedy said that he "felt good" about the team's performance. "We aren't where we want to be, and we aren't where we were before the break," Kennedy commented on the team's defense. "We're hoping over the next couple days that we are going to be working on some problems."
The Saints next game is against Texas Wesleyan University (4-1/9-2) on Monday. The teams have had a heated rivalry going for several years, and this season looks to be no different. Kennedy said that he and Assistant Coach Christopher Minner are working on a game plan to attack Wesleyan. "They're extremely well-coached, they're very talented. Our girls are just going to have to come out and play."
Tipoff is Monday at 5:30 at Mabee Gymnasium.
Prior to the game, the Saints will host a tailgate party on the UWAC patio beginning at 5 p.m. Saints fans are encouraged to come out and enjoy food and beverages before the game.