Women’s basketball captures conference title and automatic berth to nationals after win over LSU-Shreveport
The women’s basketball team captured the Red River Athletic Conference regular season title and an automatic berth to the NAIA DI Women’s Basketball National Tournament in Kentucky after defeating LSU-Shreveport 85-69 Saturday evening at Mabee Gymnasium. The win ends the Saints’ regular season with a 16-2 Red River Athletic Conference record and 26-3 overall, while the Lady Pilots drop to 9-9 in conference and 17-12 overall. The Saints will be the No. 1 seed and Wiley College (16-2/27-3) the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament semifinals. No. 3 seed Langston University (13-5/18-11) will host No. 6 seed LSU-Shreveport on March 4, while No. 4 Jarvis Christian College (10-8/14-8) will host No. 5 Huston-Tillotson University (10-8/12-14) for the quarterfinals. The Saints will play the lowest remaining seed at 1 p.m. on March 7. Wiley will play the highest remaining seed at 6 p.m. on March 7. On March 8, the championship game will take place at 2 p.m. Both days’ games will be held at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. All Saints games will be live streamed. After the game, team members took turns tearing down the net, with input from Coach Minner, Assistant Coach Valerie Huizar, Assistant Coach Randy Gibbons and OLLU President Sister Jane Ann Slater. In addition, prior to the men’s game, seniors Ornela Bacchini (SR, Buenos Aires, Argentina), Sam Offord (SR, Kaufman, Texas), Sequestiny O’Neal (SR, Midland, Texas) and Chelsea Solis were honored. Each received a vase of flowers and a Saints commemorative basket, while family members joined them at mid-court. Read full article online.