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(RV)LSU Shreveport
(16)Our Lady of the Lake University
Women's Basketball - Fri, Feb. 24, 2017
LSU Shreveport2117181369
Our Lady of the Lake (Tex2015212177
Feb. 24, 2017
LSU ShreveportIndv. LeadersOur Lady of the Lake (Tex
#34 Kourtney Pennywell - 22Points #20 Alyssa Ward - 20
#31 Quiana Tucker - 14Rebounds #5 Jessika Montalvo - 10
#13 Johnesha Major - 6Assists #20 Alyssa Ward - 4
LSU ShreveportTeam StatisticsOur Lady of the Lake (Tex
43.7% (31 - 71) Field Goals % 41.1% (30 - 73)
7.1% (1 - 14) 3 Point Field Goals % 28.6% (6 - 21)
54.5% (6 - 11) Free Throws 64.7% (11 - 17)
50Rebounds 38
11Assists 9
18Turnovers 11
02nd Chance Pts 0

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. – The LSU Shreveport Pilots women's basketball team gave it all they had but lost a tough one to the 16th-ranked Our Lady of the Lake Saints at Mabee Gymnasium on Friday night 77-69 in Red River Athletic Conference action which gave the Saints their 5th consecutive RRAC regular season championship.

LSUS falls to 19-9 overall and 14-3 in the RRAC while OLLU improves to 22-7 and 16-1 as they haven't lost since the Pilots beat them 69-67 in the first meeting back on January 20 at The Dock.

"OLLU is a good team and we give them credit because they took advantage of our mistakes and capitalized on them especially in the 4th quarter," said LSUS coach Curtis Loyd. "I love my team and there is a lot more basketball to play. We still have our goals and we know exactly what we are playing for."

While the regular season title is no longer in the sights of the Pilots, Coach Loyd and his club could still become the first team in program history to win a conference tournament. But first they must focus their attention on the Huston-Tillotson Rams.

The second half proved to be the half that doomed the Pilots tonight as Coach Loyd points out the key factors, "In the second half we went 0-for-6 from the three-point line and 1-for-6 from the free-throw line and those are opportunities that you need on the road as well as in a championship game."

LSUS finished just 1-for-14 from long range with the only make coming from Courtney Randle (SR/Lamarque, Texas) who drained it at the buzzer to give the Pilots the lead at the break.

The Pilots held their biggest lead of the game at nine points with 3:46 left in the 3rd quarter but the Saints came roaring back to finish that period with an 11-2 run to tie the game. They took the lead for good on the first bucket of the final quarter by Jessica Montalvo.

"My team played well until the 4th quarter," said Loyd. "We got back on our heels as we gave up a layup and a three-pointer and after that they rallied and we didn't take advantage of our opportunities going forward."

Despite the outcome of the game, Coach Loyd was pleased with how his team controlled the boards, "We did a great job rebounding. Plus 12 is a really good number versus this team."

Kourtney Pennywell (SR/Shreveport, Louisiana) led the game with 22 points on 11-of-16 shooting while Randle (12), Quiana Tucker (SR/Stone Mountain, Georgia) (11) and Bria Freeland (SR/Austin, Texas) (10) all finished with double digits. Tucker led all rebounders with 14 for another double-double effort. The Saints had four double digits scorers as well led by Alyssa Ward with 20.

Pennywell is now the all-time scoring lead in LSUS women's basketball history as she surpassed Jenna Diakos, who had 1,532 career points, with the first bucket of the game tonight.

The Pilots have locked up the no. 2 seed in the RRAC Tournament as they would hold the tie breaker over Wiley should the two end up in a tie. Both teams face tough tasks on the final day of the regular season as Wiley hosts St. Thomas (13-13, 8-9) while the Pilots visit Huston-Tillotson (15-7, 12-5).

at Huston-Tillotson (Feb. 25) at 5:30 p.m.

W - Basketball
Overall RRAC Streak
0-0 (.000) 0-0 (.000)
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