ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University’s women’s basketball team found the going tough versus the No. 17-ranked team in the NAIA, falling to Our Lady of the Lake University, 76-62, at Kimbrell Arena. The loss dropped the War Hawks to 1-7 on the year.
(The Saints, 4-0 on the year, played the game as an exhibition on their schedule).
McM and OLLU battled gamely in the early going, with two ties and six lead changes in the first 11 minutes. With the War Hawks ahead, 16-15, at the 9:08 juncture of the first period, the Saints would begin to exert its full-court press and deft shooting from beyond the arc to close the half on a 27-11 run and carry a 42-27 lead into the locker room.
The War Hawks did out-score OLLU in the second period (35-34), but the hosts had to battle back from a deficit that grew to 27 points – 62-35 – with 11:11 left on the game clock.
OLLU put up 27 three-point attempts, converting nine and shot better than 40-percent from the floor (27-67) overall. The Saints passed off for 21 assists on their 27 field goals made.
Both teams struggled in the turnover department, with McM committing 24 miscues and the Saints’ had 21. Rebounding was fairly even, with OLLU holding a 45-44 edge. Both clubs made 13 steals.
“Our Lady of the Lake did a great job of getting us out of our rhythm,” said McM head coach Veronica Snow. “They played the game pretty fast and we just didn’t handle it very well. Give them credit for that.
“You have to score some to settle yourself down and we didn’t do that. We had a lot of point-blank shots that didn’t go, too. And that kind of slows people down when you’re scoring. We’ve just got to get better.”
Keshia Collins was one bright spot for the War Hawks with her seventh-consecutive game with double-figure scoring. Collins finished with a game-leading 17 points, while also snaring seven rebounds.
Sophomore Ana Dominguez was the next closest McM player to Collins’ total, tallying nine points and 10 boards to narrowly miss the double-double. Dominguez also had her team’s lone blocked shot of the game.
Freshman Katy Boren also scored nine points, hitting 3-of-6 from the field and making good on a pair of treys. Tessa Ramirez and Tory Salazar each contributed seven points for McM.
Sophomore Taylor Russell came off the bench to give her team a defensive lift, grabbing six caroms and making three steals.
Meanwhile, the balanced OLLU offensive attack featured four players in double digits, led by 15 from Courtney Bayliss. Ornela Bacchini had a double-double of 12 points and a game-leading 11 rebounds. Bacchini also blocked two McM shots.
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