Women’s basketball falls to LSU-Shreveport to open conference play

The women’s basketball team fell to No. 19-ranked LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) 74-69 on Saturday in the first Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) game of the 2021 season. The Saints gave the Pilots all they could handle and drop to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in conference. The Pilots remain undefeated at 10-0 overall and 4-0 in RRAC play.

Head Coach Stacy Stephens commented“I am so proud of how each of these young women stepped up today. They played multiple spots and were put in situations that will only benefit their growth on the court. We moved the ball around on offense and made extra passes. We worked together as a unit by shooting more than 40 percent for the game. I am proud of the rebounding effort and the team commitment to everyone crashing the boards and boxing out. There are still things we need to work on, but I’m very encouraged and extremely proud of how hard we played the entire game.”

History

The Saints are 16-14 against LSUS and lost to the Pilots in the RRAC Tournament Championship game last season.

Offensive/defensive standouts

Natalia Trevino (SO/Laredo, Texas) led the Saints in scoring with 13 points, followed by Angeline Sanchez (SO/Cibolo, Texas), Zerina Shatri (SR/Istog, Kosovo) and Cormia Lewis (FR/Houston, Texas) with 12 points each. Tiffany Lopez (SO/San Antonio, Texas) led the team with eight rebounds. Gabrielle Guzman (JR/Moore, Okla.) led the Saints with five assists.

LSUS was led by Fu’Tra Banks with 23 points. Banks also led the Pilots with nine rebounds. DeAuja Thompson and Britney Thompson led the Pilots with three assists each.

Inside the box

OLLU combined for 26-of-62 shooting for 41.9 percent, 7-of-19 from three-point range for 36.8 percent and hit all 10 free throws. LSUS shot 30-of-65 for 53.6 percent, 3-of-14 three pointers for 21.4 percent and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line for 78.6 percent.

The Saints grabbed 29 rebounds while the Pilots collected 36. OLLU forced 17 turnovers and committed 14.

Up next

The Saints head home to play LSUS again on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. No spectators are allowed at this time.