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Women’s basketball begins 15th season on Friday

The OLLU women’s basketball program surges into its 15th season on Friday with an exhibition at Sam Houston State. The Saints play a second exhibition on Nov. 7 on the road against the University of the Incarnate Word.

OLLU hosts Texas Wesleyan University (6-4) on Nov. 10 in the OLLU Halo Classic to open regular season play. 

Head Coach Tanya Ray will look to build after her first season and welcomes Candice Chaney as her new assistant coach.

The Saints finished the 2022-2023 season with a 15-13 overall record and a 12-8 mark in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). OLLU ranked in the NAIA top five by limiting opponents’ three-point percentage to 23.1 percent. The Saints qualified for the conference postseason tournament and lost to Xavier University of Louisiana in the quarterfinals to end the season.

The Saints return three seniors and one graduate student. The senior class includes Carrie Barrera-Lacy, Ariadna Gallardo and Cormia Lewis. Deja Williams joins the group from Eastern Oklahoma State College. Tiffany Lopez and Lorena Ramirez will play as graduate students, and both are the longest-tenured athletes on the team. Lopez was named to the RRAC All-Conference Second Team last season. Lewis and Ramirez were Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes the previous year.

Julissa Garza is back for her junior year, while Hailee Brandon and Kalista Niu arrive in San Antonio as transfers. Brandon played at Dawson Community College, while Niu competed at Central Wyoming College. Jillian Torres starts her second year, joined by Deja Hinson from Cisco College.

In The News

Recent media coverage that brought attention to OLLU:

On Sept. 23, a story in the San Antonio Report written by OLLU Mass Communication senior Portland Tidwell:

On Sept. 21, a story on about OLLU being ranked among the nation’s best in graduating disadvantaged students who are awarded Pell Grants:

On Sept. 18, a story in the Daily Texan about alumna Belle Ortiz:

Houston campus to host second annual Women’s Leadership Symposium

“Leading Through Change: Embracing an Inclusive World” is the theme for this year’s Women’s Leadership Symposium hosted by the OLLU-Houston campus. Alumna and OLLU trustee Dr. Lorena G. Gonzalez will be the keynote speaker.

The event will take place March 29 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

To view the schedule and register visit: Giving to OLLU | Our Lady of the Lake University – Houston Women’s Leadership Symposium 2023 (

Men’s tennis sweeps Loyola

The men’s tennis team won 4-0 over Loyola University New Orleans (LUNO) on Feb. 25. The Saints improve to 10-5 on the season.

Head Coach Dave Watts said, “The men played great today. We started off by winning the doubles and won line one, three and four in singles. It was nice to finish the trip with a win.”

Full results are listed on the Saints Athletics website.

Up next
The Saints battle Southeastern University in Lawrenceville, Ga., on Friday.

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.

OLLU secures additional CARES Act funds for students

OLLU has secured additional CARES Act funds that can be used to pay up to $2,000 towards account balances with the university and/or $200 for other emergency related expenses.

The U.S. Department of Education granted the funds to OLLU to be used toward operational and other expenses. The university is opting to use the funds to directly assist students.

The application for funds is open to all current students. Apply for funds online at

The application will close on Tuesday, Sept 6 at 5 p.m. (CST).

For additional information, please visit:

If you have questions or need assistance, please email

OLLU to host San Antonio Spurs Youth Basketball Tournament

OLLU will be the host site for the San Antonio Spurs Youth Basketball Tournament on Friday through Sunday at the UWAC.

The event, which is not a camp, will bring parents and their children to OLLU for three days of exciting basketball, run by the Spurs. Visitors will have access only to the gym and restrooms.

OLLU men’s basketball Assistant Coach Marcus Thompson will be the primary point of contact if there are any issues. He can be reached at: or on his office phone at: 210-431-3975.

Cheer on softball team in RRAC championship today at 12:30 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to cheer on the softball team today at 12:30 p.m. on the OLLU Softball Field as the Saints play in the Red River Athletic Conference championship game against Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT).

OLLU is hosting the championship tournament for the first time this year. Saints fans are encouraged to head out to the field to cheer the Saints on for the win.

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