The women’s basketball team defeated Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) 73-57 on Saturday. The Saints improve to 3-9 overall while the Lady Eagles drop to 3-6.
The Saints dropped the Lady Eagles 89-46 during the only previous meeting in 2012.
The Saints shined on Saturday night to break a three-game skid. OLLU scored an impressive 24 points in the first quarter, with Keviona Barber (SR/Chicago, Ill.) already totaling 10 points. Natalia Trevino (JR/Laredo, Texas) added eight points and the Saints forced seven turnovers. The Lady Eagles fought back in the second quarter and trailed 42-32 at halftime. Barber upped her points to 18 and the Saints shot 46.7 percent from the field in the second quarter.
OLLU continued to shoot well in the third quarter. Makayla White (JR/Midwest City, Okla.) scored six points in the frame. She added four rebounds along with Emiko Hemphill (SR/San Antonio, Texas). The Saints outscored the Lady Eagles 14-11 in the fourth quarter and won 73-57. Barber finished with a career-high 33 points and Hemphill was two points shy of a double-double. The Saints were dominant from the field at 53.8 percent shooting.
Barber led the Saints with 33 points, followed by Trevino with 15. Hemphill totaled 11 rebounds for OLLU. Trevino recorded a team-high four assists.
NNMC was led by Miranda Salazar and Chris’alee Patterson with nine points each. Rebecca Sorensen had a team-high five rebounds. Salazar led the Lady Eagles with three assists.
Inside the box
OLLU combined for 28-of-52 shooting for 53.8 percent, 6-of-13 from three-point range for 46.2 percent and 11-of-13 from the free-throw line for 84.6 percent. NNMC shot 23-of-58 for 39.7 percent, 3-of-10 three pointers for 30 percent and 8-of-13 from the free-throw line for 61.5 percent.
The Saints grabbed 36 rebounds while the Lady Eagles collected 28. OLLU forced 19 turnovers and committed 17.
The Saints begin Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play against Huston-Tillotson University at home on Saturday at 2 p.m.