Women’s basketball outlasted by LCU 77-70

The women’s basketball team lost a high-scoring affair against Louisiana Christian University (LCU) 77-70 on Saturday. The Saints fall to 13-10 overall and 10-6 in the RRAC. The Lady Wildcats jump to 12-9 overall and 9-5 in RRAC play.

Head Coach Tanya Ray commented, “I thought we gave a good effort today but mental mistakes defensively and a lot of easy missed layups hurt us throughout the course of the game. We did a poor job of keeping them off the glass and they were able to get second and third opportunities to score.”

The Saints were 2-1 against the Lady Wildcats prior to the game.

The first half had multiple lead changes as both teams shot under 40 percent from the field. The Saints were unable to hit a three-point shot on 11 attempts but only trailed by four points at halftime. Makayla White and Natalia Trevino had eight points each in the first half.

The offense picked up in the second half. The Saints shot over 60 percent from the field and hit 6-of-9 three-point shots. The Lady Wildcats shot 53.3 percent from the field and were able to grab more rebounds. LCU also hit more free throws in the second half, which ended up propelling them to a seven-point victory.

Offensive/defensive standouts
Tiffany Lopez and Trevino led the Saints with 17 points each. Lopez added 10 rebounds to earn a double-double. Trevino finished with seven assists.

Paola Abad Prieto led LCU with 19 points. Miya McKinney grabbed 13 rebounds and had 18 points for a double-double. Noa Fernandez Fuentes finished with nine assists.

Inside the box
OLLU combined for 29-of-66 shooting for 43.9 percent, 6-of-20 from three-point range for 30 percent and 6-of-10 from the three-throw line for 60 percent. LCU shot 30-of-68 for 44.1 percent, 9-of-24 three pointers for 37.5 percent and 8-of-11 from the free-throw line for 72.7 percent.

The Saints grabbed 29 rebounds while Xavier collected 42.

Up next
The Saints host Texas A&M University-Texarkana on Saturday at 2 p.m.