The men’s basketball team split a nonconference series against Northern New Mexico College this weekend. On Saturday, the Saints lost 103-69 and on Sunday, they defeated the Eagles 95-89. The Saints will play their next two games on the road and will begin their Red River Athletic Conference schedule. On Thursday, they will face Paul Quinn College in Dallas, and on Saturday, they will play Texas College in Tyler. The Saints are 2-6 on the season.
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The women’s basketball team traveled to Lubbock, Texas, for an exhibition game against NCAA DII Lubbock Christian University (LCU). The Saints lost to the Lady Chaps 77-65 and remain 5-1 on the season. The Saints will play their next two games on the road and will begin their Red River Athletic Conference schedule. On Thursday, they will face Paul Quinn College in Dallas, and on Saturday, they will play Texas College in Tyler.
Several Saints from fall teams have earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete recognition. Student-athletes must be at least a junior or have been at OLLU for one full year as a junior transfer and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.
Student-athletes earning this honor include men’s soccer’s Jorge Cavazos, Adrian Delgado and James Halpin; women’s soccer’s Brooke Cousins and Mako Tembo; and volleyball’s Mariza Cardenas.
The men’s basketball team defeated Barclay College 114-75 to open last week’s out-of-town schedule in Haviland, Kansas. The Saints traveled to Oklahoma for a nonconference game against Oklahoma Panhandle State University and lost 98-90. The team participated in the Festival of Light Basketball Tournament in Chickasha, Oklahoma, this past weekend. The dropped the game against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma 123-92, and narrowly lost an overtime matchup against Southwestern Christian University 107-101. The men are now 1-5. Tonight, the Saints will play St. Mary’s University in an exhibition game at 7:30 p.m.
The women’s basketball team started the week with an exhibition against Stephen F. Austin University last Tuesday and lost 93-77. The Saints then hosted the Halo Classic last Friday and Saturday with Dillard University, Edward Waters University and Oklahoma City University. The Saints won both of their games, first on Friday against Edward Waters 102-67 and then on Saturday against Dillard 94-66. The team is now 5-1. The women will travel to Lubbock, Texas, for an exhibition against Lubbock Christian University on Dec. 1.
Fueled by an outstanding performance from Kasey Saldana, the No. 15 women’s basketball team defeated No. 10 Oklahoma City University (OCU) 89-81 to conclude the Oklahoma City Classic on Saturday. During the game, Saldana had a career-high 33 points. On Friday, the Saints fell to No. 6 Wayland Baptist University 101-77. The Saints are now 3-1. They will host the Halo Classic this Friday and Saturday and will welcome Dillard University, OCU and Edward Waters College.
The men’s cross-country team, plus Annie Trejo and Andrea Gandara of the women’s team participated in the NAIA National Championship Meet last Friday. The men placed 33rd out of 36 teams – their best finish. They were led by Jose Zarate with a time of 26:19.7 and Nathaniel Aguilar with a time of 26:20.1 in the 8k. Annie Trejo had the best time in the 5k in OLLU history. She placed 119th with a time of 18:52.9.
For the first time, the softball team participated in the San Antonio Out of the Darkness Walk earlier in the month. The event was sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The Saints also served the San Antonio Food Bank for the eighth year in a row this past week. The Saints packed 15,656 pounds of food, which is enough for 12,524 meals. The NAIA Champions of Character program encourages its member teams to participate in community initiatives as part of its five core values: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
After a 12-point first-half deficit, the women’s basketball team got to within three in the third quarter and pushed through an epic fourth quarter to defeat Xavier University of Louisiana 89-74. The Saints improve to 2-0, while the Gold Nuggets suffer their first loss of the season and move to 4-1. This is the fifth matchup between the two NAIA schools. In the first two games, the Saints won 92-86 in 2013 and 77-76 in 2014. The last three years, the Saints lost 86-91, 67-71 and 65-70. Kasey Saldana led all scorers with 25 points. Read full story online.
The volleyball team lost a hard-fought battle against Wiley College in the semifinals of the Red River Athletic Conference Championship Tournament. The Saints fell 3-1 to end their season with a 15-14 overall record. Wiley improved to 19-3 and advanced to the championship game, where they defeated Huston-Tillotson University on Saturday to capture the tournament title. Read full story online.