|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 1-0||28||26||22||17||93|
|Texas A&M International 0-1||14||13||3||11||41|
|Nov. 3, 2016|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||Texas A&M International|
|#20 Alyssa Ward - 22||Points||# -|
|#40 Rachel Baity - 5||Rebounds||# -|
|2 Players (#14,#22) - 3||Assists||# -|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||Texas A&M International|
|42.9% (36 - 84)||Field Goals %||28.6% (16 - 56)|
|18.8% (3 - 16)||3 Point Field Goals %||22.2% (4 - 18)|
|60% (18 - 30)||Free Throws||41.7% (5 - 12)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
LAREDO, TEXAS (Nov. 3, 2016) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Saints women's basketball team opened up its season with a 93-41 win over NCAA Division II school, the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Dustdevils.
Playing on the road, the Saints turned TAMIU's friendly confines into a house of horrors for the Dustdevils. The Saints' defense extended the length of the court, sending two defenders at the ball while rotating to any and all preferable outlets ahead of the pass. Under constant duress, the Dustdevils repeatedly coughed up the ball, with the Saints pilfering more than 25 steals.
"Defensive pressure really dictated the pace of the game," Head Coach Christopher Minner said. "We forced a lot of turnovers and really started both halves with a lot of energy. We had pretty balanced scoring tonight.
"It's always good to start the season with a win, and to beat an NCAA Division II team. We still have a lot of work to do, and we have a tough game on Sunday."
With the exception of a handful of crosscourt skip passes for open TAMIU 3-pointers, the Saints' defense forced the Dustdevils away from the sort of dangerous, quick-hitting shots that pressing defenses are vulnerable to. On several occasions, the Dustdevils struggled to even bring the ball up the court, retreating from pressure only to turn it over for quick two-on-one Saints' opportunities.
When the Dustdevils were able to get into their offense, finding the seams in the middle of the court near the top of the key, the Saints' frontcourt rotated over quicker than their counterparts could make decisions on the move. The defense only got stronger as the game wore on, forcing ball handlers to pick up their dribble even higher, and making passes even earlier than they wanted to.
Offensively, the Saints were led by Alyssa Ward (SR/Palmeto, Fla.), who scored 21 points. Whitney Sandmann (JR/Bentonville, Ark.), Rachel Baity (JR/San Jose, Calif.) and Quintianna LeShore (JR/Indianapolis, Ind.) each scored 16 points.
With the win, the Saints improve to 3-0 all-time over the Dustdevils. They'll travel to Huntsville, Texas on Sunday, Nov. 6 to play NCAA Division I school, Sam Houston State University.
Our Lady of the Lake University is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016-2017 as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The University began competing in the NAIA in men's soccer and volleyball in 2007. A year later, they added women's soccer, golf and tennis. In 2009, the Saints began competing in cross-country, softball and basketball. In 2014, OLLU added two more sports — baseball and track and field. There are now 13 intercollegiate athletic teams at OLLU. All athletic alumni and up to two family members will receive free admission to basketball and volleyball games throughout the season. Baseball is not included in this special offer. All other home games are free and open to the public