FRANKFORT, KY. (March 14, 2012) -- The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team ended its season this afternoon after losing to top-seeded Oklahoma City University (OCU) 73-91.
The Saints close out the year with a 26-8 overall record, while the Stars will move on to the second round of the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament with a 30-1 record.
|Nikkia Davis added five assists for the Saints.|
The Saints struggled against the Stars at the start as they fell behind by 15-points 10-23 at the 13th minute mark. The scored remained at 10-23 for almost five minutes, and the Saints staged a comeback to come within four points at 31-27 with less than six minutes remaining in the first period. Then the Stars set in motion an 11-0 run to go back ahead at 44-27. The teams headed to the locker room with the Stars leading 46-30.
During the second period, the Saints trailed by double-digits through the 13th minute, and a 3-pointer by Chelsea Solis took them to within seven points at 53-60. With less than 11 minutes left in the game, the Stars increased their lead back to double-digits at 69-57, and the Saints threatened a short while later when they came to within nine points at 76-67. But the Saints could not stop the Stars, who took their biggest lead of the game at 88-67 with three minutes remaining. The Stars closed out the game with the 91-73 win.
The Saints committed 19 turnovers, while forcing 16. The team shot 40 percent from the field, 60 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent from the free throw line. The Stars shot 52 percent from the field, 74 percent from the free-throw line and 40 percent from 3-point range.
Stacey Darnley was the Saints' high scorer with 18 points and added two assists and three steals. Alisha Crump finished with 10 points. The Stars' high scorer was Lauren Gober, who finished with 24 points.
|Alisha Crump scored 10 points for the Saints.|
Head Coach Rusty Kennedy said, "I couldn't be more proud of what this group accomplished – 26 wins, a conference tournament championship and a trip to the National Tournament. We fell short today against the best team in the nation, but we will learn from this and get better for next year."