SHREVEPORT, LA. (Jan. 30, 2012) -- After a pressure-filled first half that gave the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team an eight-point lead, the Louisiana State University – Shreveport (LSUS) Lady Pilots came back in the second half to win the game 85-71.
The loss drops the Lady Saints record to 11-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference and 16-5 overall, while league-leading LSUS improves to 14-1 in conference and 16-5 overall. Langston University, the No. 10th ranked team in the NAIA, is in second place with a 14-2 conference record and 20-2 overall. They are ½ a game behind LSUS, and OLLU is three games behind the lead. Texas Wesleyan University (10-4/15-5) is ½ a game behind the Saints.
The game seemingly belonged to the Saints as the women captured the lead shortly after tipoff. By the end of the half, Treshenia Solomon and Chelsea Solis each had double-digit scoring and the Lady Saints had forced 10 turnovers, while committing just three. LSUS's Sharde Henry was the only threat in the first half as she turned in 11 points for her team.
Leading 47-39, the Saints came into the second period with the same intensity as they continued to hold onto the lead through the first 11 minutes. The teams tied at 61, and the Lady Pilots pulled ahead after two successful free throws from Victoria Smith. LSUS persisted to increase their lead through the remainder of the game with the only threat coming after Jasmine Fuller sank a field goal to come within one point at 65-66. The Saints could not restore their momentum after that and the Lady Pilots pushed toward a 14-point advantage with the 85-71 win.
After shooting 45 percent from the field in the first half, the Saints were held to 22 percent in the final period, while the Lady Pilots improved from a first-half 45 percent to a second-half 56 percent. Altogether, the Saints shot 35 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3-point range and 47 percent from the free-throw line, while LSUS shot 50 percent from the field and from 3-point range and 63 percent from free-throw range.
LSUS's Henry scored 26 points and added six assists for her team.
The Saints return home and will host the University of St. Thomas on Saturday at 2 p.m. In the season's first game between the two teams, the Saints won 76-67. St. Thomas is currently 4-11 in the conference and 6-14 overall. The Lady Celts are 10 games behind the lead.