Women’s basketball downs Texarkana to remain perfect in conference

The women’s basketball team stayed undefeated in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) with an 84-70 victory over Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT). The Saints have won six straight games and are 10-10 overall and 7-0 in the conference. The Eagles fall to 3-13 overall and 0-6 in the RRAC.  

Head Coach Jillian Flores Bennett said, “It wasn’t our best night offensively, but we found a way to win with our defense. I’m very happy with the way we shared the ball despite an off night. It’s always good to win on the road after battling some adversity. The team responded well to some in-game adjustments we made.”

History

The Saints won the only previous two meetings against the Eagles prior to today’s game.

Basics

The Saints outscored the Eagles 21-9 in the first quarter. Four starters scored at least three points and Emiko Hemphill (SR/San Antonio, Texas) grabbed three rebounds. TAMUT’s offense came to life in the second quarter and scored 23 points. OLLU continued to shoot well and led 41-32 at halftime. Natalia Trevino (JR/Laredo, Texas) shined in the second quarter with five points and three assists. Alexandra Strawhorn (SR/Kyneton, Australia) added five points as well.

Both teams scored 16 points in the third quarter. Cormia Lewis (SO/Houston, Texas) led the Saints with nine points and three rebounds in the frame. The Saints’ lead was cut to five points with just under three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Keviona Barber (SR/Chicago, Ill.) hit a three-point shot to bring the lead back up to eight points. The Saints finished strong and won by 14 points.

Offensive/defensive standouts

Barber led the Saints with 18 points. Lewis and Trevino totaled 17 points each. Hemphill had a team-high 10 rebounds. Barber and Trevino finished with a team-high five assists apiece.

TAMUT was led by Victoria Hill with 16 points. Janee Knorr had a team-high eight rebounds. Morgan Strawder led the Eagles with seven assists.

Inside the box

OLLU combined for 27-of-77 shooting for 35.1 percent, 7-of-28 from three-point range for 25 percent and 23-of-31 from the free-throw line for 74.2 percent. TAMUT shot 28-of-69 for 40.6 percent, 4-of-17 three-pointers for 23.5 percent and 10-of-12 from the free-throw line for 83.3 percent.

The Saints grabbed 44 rebounds while the Eagles collected 43. OLLU forced 22 turnovers and committed 11.

Up next

The Saints play Paul Quinn College on the road on Feb. 3 at 4 p.m.