|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||14||21||23||16||74|
|Mar. 4, 2017|
|LSU Shreveport||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|#23 Courtney Randle - 30||Points||#13 Quintianna LeShore - 18|
|2 Players (#31,#34) - 12||Rebounds||#5 Jessika Montalvo - 10|
|#13 Johnesha Major - 9||Assists||2 Players (#13,#20) - 5|
|LSU Shreveport||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|60% (33 - 55)||Field Goals %||37% (30 - 81)|
|56.3% (9 - 16)||3 Point Field Goals %||32% (8 - 25)|
|57.9% (11 - 19)||Free Throws||46.2% (6 - 13)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
ALEXANDRIA, La. – The determined LSU Shreveport women's basketball team won their first-ever Geico Red River Athletic Conference Tournament title on Saturday afternoon with an 86-74 win over the top-seeded Our Lady of the Lake Saints at Rapides Coliseum. The Pilots improved to 22-9 on the season while the Saints slip to 24-8.
"First let me say how excited I am because since day one this team wanted to be champions," said LSUS coach Curtis Loyd. "Through the ups and downs that we had I still reminded them that they wanted to be champions." And today that dream came true for his club as they are not only champions but the first women's team at LSUS to be able to claim that title.
The Pilots punched their ticket to the National Tournament yesterday so today all they had to focus on was winning the tournament. "The biggest game for us was yesterday versus Wiley because we knew we had everything on the line," said Loyd meaning that if they did not reach the title game, or win it, their fate of making the National Tournament would have been in the hands of the selection committee. "Winning that game, we knew today's game was about having fun and boy did we have fun!"
LSUS almost did not leave any of the nets to be cut down in the end as they blazed the nets for 60 percent in the second half of play besting their 53-percent clip in the first half to ensure that the title plaque and banner would travel with them back to Shreveport. There was a little bit of the nets left for them to climb the ladder with a pair of scissors after the final buzzer and Bria Freeland (SR/Austin, Texas), who missed today's game with an injury, was the first to take a piece of the net.
"Everybody made a commitment to win this one for Bria because she was one of the soldiers that got us to this point so they made sure that she was the first one to start," added Loyd who is excited to represent the RRAC on the national stage with OLLU and hopes that Wiley can join them. "Coach Miner as always has done a fine job with his team and we look forward to going to the national tournament together and representing our conference. Wiley should be the third team from the RRAC but we will have to wait and see."
The Pilots finished with four scorers in double digits led by the tournament's Most Valuable Player Courtney Randle (SR/Lamarque, Texas) who led all scorers with 30 points while Chaterra Cage (SR/Port Arthur, Texas) added 11. Kourtney Pennywell (SR/Shreveport, Louisiana) and Quiana Tucker (SR/Stone Mountain, Georgia) both turned in double-doubles as Tucker had 19 points and 10 rebounds while KP tossed in 16 and pulled down 10.
Johnesha Major (SR/DeSoto, Texas) recorded nine assists while Cage had six and Pennywell five. "I thought we shared the ball well and we minimized our turnovers late. We played with a lot of confidence and I'm very proud of the girls and how they delivered the first championship to Shreveport and on that, the legacy will live forever."
Just like the Pilots had three players on the All-RRAC First Team, they had the same three make the Geico All-Tournament team this weekend. Randle averaged 27 points and eight rebounds to take the tournament's top honors while Pennywell and Tucker each averaged a double-double. Pennywell poured in 18 and had 10.5 rebounds per contest while Tucker averaged 14.5 points and 12 rebounds.
Official qualifiers and bracket for the 2017 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship will be announced via a video selection show at 7 p.m. CT on March 8 at www.naia.org which is when the Pilots will learn of their opponent, date and time of their first round game at the RimRock Arena in Billings, Montana.
|22-10 (.688)||15-3 (.833)||Lost 1|