Women’s basketball downs LSUA to advance to RRAC semifinals

OLLU women’s basketball team defeated LSU-Alexandria (LSUA) 73-58 in the quarterfinals of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Tournament on Sunday. The Saints are now 18-10 overall this season.

Head Coach Jillian Flores Bennett commented, “We came out hot in the first quarter and put them away early. The score ended up being a little closer than I would’ve liked but we experimented with some different lineups in preparation for the remainder of the tournament. We are excited to play Louisiana Christian University tomorrow and be challenged against a solid team.”

History

The Saints were 11-1 against the Generals prior to today’s matchup.

Basics

The Saints started the RRAC Tournament on a solid note. They outscored the Generals 25-2 in the first quarter, backed by 53.3 percent shooting from the field. Cormia Lewis (SO/Houston, Texas) had eight points in the first quarter, and Natalia Trevino (JR/Laredo, Texas) added three steals. OLLU didn’t allow a three-point bucket by the Generals in the second quarter, and seven Saints players recorded at least two points each. The Saints led by 28 points at halftime.

In the second half, the Generals outplayed the Saints, but it wasn’t enough to erase the deficit at halftime. OLLU struggled shooting in both quarters at under 40 percent from the field. The Saints ended up winning by 14 points and have yet to lose to an RRAC opponent all season.

Offensive/defensive standouts

Emiko Hemphill (SR/San Antonio, Texas) led the Saints with 16 points. Makayla White (JR/Midwest City, Okla.) had a team-high seven rebounds. Keviona Barber (SR/Chicago, Ill.) finished with four assists.

Aaliyah Williams led LSUA with 12 points. Dannah Martin had a team-high seven rebounds. Jewel Jones led the Generals with two assists.

Inside the box

OLLU combined for 26-of-62 shooting for 41.9 percent, 8-of-26 from three-point range for 30.8 percent and 13-of-19 from the free-throw line for 68.4 percent. LSUA shot 21-of-56 for 37.5 percent, 2-of-16 three-pointers for 12.5 percent and 15-of-21 from the free-throw line for 71.4 percent.

The Saints grabbed 37 rebounds while the Generals collected 38. OLLU forced 28 turnovers and committed 23.

Up next

The Saints take on Louisiana Christian University in the RRAC Tournament semifinals today at 3 p.m.