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Keviona Barber sets career-high mark as women’s basketball beats NNMC

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.

Offensive/defensive standouts
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.

Up next
The Saints begin Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play against Huston-Tillotson University at home on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Keviona Barber scores 30 in victory over MSU-Northern

The women’s basketball team defeated Montana State University-Northern (MSUN) 63-57 on Saturday. The Saints improve to 2-6 overall, and the Skylights drop to 3-4.

Assistant Coach Tommy Turgeon commented, “Our team fought with everything they had left on game five of this eight-day road trip after playing four ranked teams. I’m so proud of the character this team has. Keviona Barber (SR/Chicago, Ill.) did an incredible job of being our floor general and scoring 30 points. Emiko Hemphill (SR/San Antonio, Texas) grabbing 17 rebounds was extraordinary and really kept us in the game. Makayla White (JR/Midwest City, Okla.)’s defense and strength in the post were spectacular. Our team worked together and earned this win for each other.”


The Saints lost the only previous meeting between the two schools in 2017.


The Saints bounced back after a four-game losing streak to beat MSUN. OLLU started slowly in the first quarter by shooting 33.3 percent from the field. They quickly fixed the mistakes and scored 22 points in the second frame. OLLU scored seven of the final nine points before halftime and led 35-30.

OLLU held a steady lead in the third quarter, backed by 11 points from Barber and four rebounds by Hemphill. After leading by nine points to start the fourth quarter, Barber hit a three-pointer to give the Saints a 12-point advantage. The Skylights found their groove and diminished the Saints’ lead to four points with under three minutes remaining. White, Cormia Lewis (SO/Houston, Texas), and Natalia Trevino (JR/Laredo, Texas) hit key free throws down the stretch, and the Saints won 63-57 to close their Montana road trip.

Offensive/defensive standouts

Barber led the Saints with a career-high 30 points. Hemphill broke her career rebounding record set yesterday with 17 tonight. Trevino had a team-high five assists.

Peyton Kehr led MSUN with 22 points. Sydney Hovde grabbed 15 rebounds. L’Tia Lawrence led the Skylights with six assists.

Inside the box

OLLU combined for 21-of-68 shooting for 30.9 percent, 10-of-26 from three-point range for 38.5 percent and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line for 78.6 percent. MSUN shot 21-of-51 for 41.2 percent, 2-of-11 three-pointers for 18.2 percent and 13-of-14 from the free-throw line for 92.2 percent.

The Saints grabbed 32 rebounds while the Skylights collected 40. OLLU forced 20 turnovers and committed six.

Up next

The Saints host the OLLU Halo Classic starting on Nov. 23 against Oklahoma City University.

Women’s basketball wins home opener against SW Assemblies of God

Hear from Head Coach Jillian Flores Bennett: https://www.youtube.com/embed/913ILSpqLNM?enablejsapi=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ollusaintsathletics.com

Women’s basketball opened its 2021-2022 home schedule with an impressive 73-61 win over Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU). The Saints are now 1-2, while SAGU drops to 2-1.


In 12 matchups, the Saints are 11-1 against the Lions. The only loss came in 2010. In their last game in 2019, the Saints won 82-46.


The Saints opened the game struggling as they missed their first nine shots. The first point came at the sixth minute on a free throw from Cormia Lewis (SO/Houston, Texas). The Lions took advantage of the Saints’ nervousness and went up by as high as 12-3 before the Saints set their game plan in motion. After a three-pointer from Lewis, both teams went on a dry spell missing a total of three shots each. The Saints continued to add free throws to the board to move to 14-11 before Miranda Villegas (JR/Levelland, Texas) scored the team’s second field goal on a fast-break layup and the Saints trailed by just one point at 14-13 at the end of the first quarter.

Natalia Trevino (JR/Laredo, Texas), who would go on to be the team’s leading scorer, recorded her first points in the second quarter and drew a foul, which gave the Saints their first lead of the game at 16-14. Emiko Hemphill (SR/San Antonio, Texas) scored two to tie the game at 18, and Trevino added a three to give the Saints their biggest lead so far at 21-18. Trevino added six more field goals to push the Saints ahead at 31-22 with less than two minutes remaining in the half. A few more attempts by both teams finished out the second period with the Saints leading 31-27.

The Lions fought back to tie the score at 33 and then regained the lead at 36-33. Keviona Barber (SR/Chicago, Ill.) got the Saints to within a point after a steal that took her down the court for a layup, and the Saints trailed 35-36. The Lions went on a 6-0 run to pull ahead 42-35. After a timeout, Alanis Macias (FR/San Antonio, Texas)’ three-pointer drew the Saints back to within four, but the Lions continued to make baskets to maintain their lead at 46-40. Trevino and Strawhorn connected on three-pointers to get the Saints to within two and a shot from the Lions closed out the third quarter leading the Saints 54-50. The Saints dominated the period outscoring the Lions 23-7.

After two minutes had passed, the Saints tied the score at 56 with a layup from Makayla White (JR/Midwest City, Okla.). Hemphill grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to give the Saints the 59-56 lead. She made another layup after her steal, and the Saints pushed ahead 61-56. Trevino made a three-pointer and a pair of free throws gave the Saints the 65-56 lead. The Lions threatened after a three, but their efforts proved fruitless as the Saints held on to win 73-61.

Offensive/defensive standouts

Trevino led the Saints in scoring with 21 points, including 8-of-21 from the field, 3-of-10 threes and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe. Hemphill added 15 points, while Barber scored 12. The Lions were led by Kyla McMinn, who scored 15 points, followed by Jaycie Brisco with 13.

Strawhorn and Trevino marked two assists and Barber had three steals. Totals for OLLU were six assists and 12 steals. Trevino added two blocks.

Rylee Lavender and Jaycie Brisco had three assists each for SAGU. Lavender added three steals. Totals for SAGU were eight assists and seven steals.

Inside the box

OLLU combined for 25-of-66 shooting for 37.9 percent, 6-of-29 from three-point range for 20.7 percent and 17-of-24 from the free-throw line for 70.8 percent.

The Lions combined for 24-of-58 from the field for 41.4 percent, 5-of-17 three-pointers for 29.4 percent and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe for 80.0 percent

The Saints grabbed 37 rebounds while the Lions collected 39. OLLU forced 24 turnovers and committed 14.

Up next

The Saints play in Plainview, Texas, next against Loyola University, the NAIA’s No. 23 team, on Nov. 12. The following day, the Saints will face Wayland Baptist University, the NAIA’s No. 8 team.

Women’s basketball picked second in Red River Athletic Conference preseason poll

OLLU has been picked second in the Red River Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll released today. The Saints have won seven of the last nine regular-season titles. Last year, they opted out of conference play due to COVID-19 concerns, and this year, every RRAC member is back in action.

Two teams joined the conference this season, including Xavier University of Louisiana, which has also been picked second in the conference poll. The other conference newcomer is Louisiana College.

LSU Shreveport is the top choice after receiving nine first-place votes.

Voting was conducted by the head coaches at the conference. Results of the poll are shown below, with points calculated through a 12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 format. First-place votes are shown in parentheses.

1. LSU Shreveport (9)140
2. Our Lady of the Lake105
 Xavier  (1)105
4. Texas A&M-Texarkana91
5.Paul Quinn84
6. LSU Alexandria80
9.Texas College (1)56
10.Louisiana College48
11.Jarvis Christian (1)47

The Saints begin the 2021-2022 campaign on Oct. 29 at Oklahoma City University. The team is under the leadership of new Head Coach Jillian Flores and returning Assistant Coach Tommy Turgeon.

Zerina Shatri selected as RRAC Etier Character Athlete of the Year

The Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) has announced OLLU women’s basketball player Zerina Shatri as the Etier Character Athlete of the Year. 

In its fifth year, the award is given annually to one male and one female RRAC student-athlete who best represent the tenets of the NAIA Champions of Character program (respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and servant leadership). To be eligible, student-athletes must have been recognized as an RRAC Character Athlete of the Week during the previous academic year.

Shatri, a senior basketball player from Istog, Kosovo, earned a 3.75 GPA in kinesiology. She donated time back home and in San Antonio to assist others in the community. Shatri volunteered for the local food bank and a partnership that served ethnic minorities. She gave time to help clean her church, and she assisted a physical therapist in treating children. Shatri also participated with her teammates in visiting local hospice care and helping with the school’s basketball camp. She even cooked for families at the Ronald McDonald House. Shatri plans to become a physical therapist.

“Zerina is a very intelligent, funny and hard-working young woman,” says former OLLU women’s basketball coach Stacy Stephens. “She graduated in May. She has been on the Dean’s List almost every semester here and is the starting center for the 2020-2021 women’s basketball team. Ze loves to sightsee and embrace different cultures. She is always willing to help others and watching her grow and mature into the amazing young woman she is has been a highlight in my coaching career.”

The Saints have been honored with this award two years in a row. OLLU softball’s Kaitlyn Salazar was named RRAC Etier Character Athlete of the Year for the 2020-2021 season.

Shatri was named RRAC Character Athlete of the Week on May 25, which can be found here

Women’s basketball overpowers Texas College with 107-57 win

WomensBballvsTexasCollegeThe women’s basketball team continued its dominance on the court after its fourth 38-plus win in eight days. The Saints’ 107-57 win over Texas College moves them to 13-1 overall and 4-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference. Texas College drops to 0-18 overall and 0-7 in conference. Head Coach Christopher Minner said, “I thought we played with good intensity, plus we won the rebounding battle and our energy level stayed the same. Everyone knows we can shoot and press, so the key for us to win is to get those rebounds.” Every player on the Saints squad saw court time, and everyone put points on the board with Bayliss leading at 19 points including 6-of-15 from the field, 5-of-8 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. Nashae Owens followed with 16 points, five assists and two steals. Electra Roberts scored 12 points, while Sequestiny O’Neal finished with 10. Ornela Bacchini finished with 14 rebounds and nine points. The team shot 43 percent from the field, 32 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free-throw line. They forced 36 turnovers while committing 22. The Saints will play their next game on the road in Austin tonight. The Saints will take on Huston-Tillotson University at 5:30 p.m. Read full story online.