SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 17, 2012) -- Nelly Flores had a break out game and the Our Lady of the Lake University women's basketball team recorded its fourth consecutive win to close out the Second Annual Halo Classic Saturday evening. The Saints 77-53 victory over Wayland Baptist University moves the team to its best start in four seasons.
Wayland Baptist drops to 4-3.
Head Coach Christopher Minner said, "Our effort was better in the second half. It's been a good week for us with four straight wins. I am proud of how hard the women are working. We just have to get used to getting everyone's best shot."
The Saints came on the court and dominated at tip off. They would lead by as much as seven points, when the Flying Queens took off on a 6-0 run to get to within one point of the Saints at 20-21. The teams tied at 24, but OLLU pulled off the 30-28 lead at half time. Flores led all players in scoring in the first half with 14 points.
WBU made the first basket to tie the score at the beginning of the second half, but the Flying Queens were never able to get much of any sort of momentum going. The Saints took a double-digit lead with 13 minutes remaining in the game, and they continued to pull ahead by as much as 24 points to end the game with the 77-53 win.
OLLU improved from 29 percent field-goal shooting in the first half to 42 percent in the game. They also shot 79 percent from the free-throw line. Flores finished with a double-double scoring 17 points and recording 10 rebounds. Nashae Owens led all players in scoring with 24 points.
Wayland Baptist had three players in double-digits, including Rochelle Norris, 13, and both Angeleigh Davis and Christie Mooney with 10 points. Norris also added 10 rebounds.
Prior to the Saints game, the University of St. Thomas lost to St. Gregory's University by the score of 63-73. OLLU was the only team to win both of its games. Both St. Gregory's and Wayland Baptist won one game and lost one game. St. Thomas lost both of its games.
Amber Arceneaux-Francis led all players in scoring with 24 ppg., and OLLU's Nashae Owens (pictured at left) followed with 20.50 ppg. OLLU's Alisha Crump led in field goal percentage with .765. Both Nikkia Davis and Sam Offord led all players in steals with 3.50 spg. each. Nelly Flores dominated in rebounding with 9 rpg., while Davis also led in assists with 8.50 apg. For a complete list of statistics, go here.
The Saints will take a week off and continue their regular season on Nov. 24, when they travel to Kingsville to play Texas A&M University – Kingsville.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant