February 26, 2014
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NAIA Game of the Week – No. 8
No. 9 Wiley (Texas) (26-2, 15-1 RRAC) at No. 10 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) (24-3, 14-2 RRAC)
Friday, Feb. 28 | 5:30 p.m. CST | San Antonio, Texas
Live Stats – Provided by Our Lady of the Lake
• First place in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) will be on the line Friday, when No. 9 Wiley (Texas) travels to San Antonio, Texas, to take on the No. 10-ranked Saints of Our Lady of the Lake (Texas). Wiley currently holds a one-game lead on Our Lady of the Lake in the RRAC with two games remaining on each team’s regular-season slate.
• The game figures to be high-scoring, as Wiley (94.07) and Our Lady of the Lake (89.56) boast the two top-scoring offenses in the NAIA.
• Friday’s contest is the second of two regular-season meetings between the Top 25 teams. On Jan. 24, then-No. 11 Our Lady of the Lake escaped with a victory on then-No. 13 Wiley’s home floor, 96-92. The loss is the Wildcats’ only blemish on an otherwise spotless RRAC record. Since faltering in the teams’ first matchup, Wiley has rattled off a nine-game win streak, while Our Lady of the Lake rides a six-game winning streak into the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Game of the Week.
• After Friday’s matchup, Wiley will travel to Huston-Tillotson (Texas) Saturday, while Our Lady of the Lake will host LSU Shreveport (La.) that same evening.
• Wiley’s only other loss on the season came in non-conference action against then-receiving votes Texas Wesleyan on Nov. 12, 74-69, in the Wildcats second game of the season.
• Our Lady of the Lake has suffered two losses in the RRAC, to then-receiving votes LSU Shreveport (La.), 84-71, on Jan. 25, and to Langston (Okla.), 106-77, on Feb. 10. The Wildcats also fell to then-No. 10 Bethel (Tenn.), 73-69, on Dec. 31 in non-conference play.
• With four first-place votes and 93 total points, defending RRAC regular-season co-champion Our Lady of the Lake was picked as the preseason favorite in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll on Oct. 15. Wiley—which was last year’s RRAC regular-season co-champion along with the Saints, and also won the RRAC tournament —received five first-place votes but was picked to finish second alongside LSU Shreveport with 84 total points.
• Over the past five years, Wiley holds a 6-5 edge over Our Lady of the Lake, including a three-game sweep of the Saints last season.
• The Wildcats of Wiley are looking to qualify for back-to-back NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championships for the first time in program history. The Wildcats have appeared in two National Championships all-time (2008, 2013). The Saints of Our Lady of the Lake are searching for their third all-time and third-straight National Championship berth (2012, 2013). In their four combined appearances, neither team has advanced past the second round of the National Championship.
• Wiley is led by senior guards Danisha Shaw and Kyniddia Purdy, who each average over 15 points per game. Shaw leads the team in points per game (20.41), steals (98) and 3-point field goals made (36). She’s also second on the team in assists (108), third in blocks (26) and fourth in rebounds per game (5.89). Purdy ranks second on the team in points per game (17.50), third in assists (68) and third in steals (60). Both Shaw and Purdy notched their 1,000th points as Wildcats earlier this season.
• Shaw has set single-game career-highs in points (46), rebounds (11), assists (11), steals (9) and blocks (3) this season. Her best performance came on Feb. 15 against Texas College, when she scored 46 points on 16-of-19 shooting, while going two-for-three from beyond the arc.
• Purdy has also set single-game career-highs in points (31), assists (7) and blocks (1) this season. She had her best game on Nov. 30 against Philander Smith (Ark.), when she dished out a career-high seven assists, while scoring 15 points on six-of-nine shooting.
• Nationally, Shaw ranks among the top 25 in total steals (2nd, 98), total scoring (3rd, 578), steals per game (4th, 3.50), points per game (7th, 20.64) and field goal percentage (25th, .508). Purdy also ranks among the top 25 in field goal percentage (15th, .527) and total scoring (25th, 470).
• As a team, Wiley leads the nation in scoring offense per game (94.07), steals per game (16.32), total blocks (156), total steals (457), total scoring offense (2634). The Wildcats also rank among the top 10 nationally in total rebound offense (2nd, 1431), scoring margin (2nd, +28.25), total rebounds per game (2nd, 51.11), offensive rebounds per game (2nd, 18.93), total assists (2nd, 5050), blocks per game (2nd, 5.57), defensive rebounds per game (3rd, 32.18), turnover margin (3rd, +9.25), field goal percentage defense (3rd, .343), field goal percentage (4th, .466) and assists per game (6th, 18.04).
• Our Lady of the Lake is led by a trio of upperclassmen: junior guard Nashae Owens, junior forward Courtney Bayliss and senior center Ornela Bacchini, who each average over 10 points per game. Owens leads the team in points per game (13.67), assists (107) and steals (74). Bayliss patrols the 3-point line for the Saints, leading the team with 55 3-point field goals made, while ranking second in points (13.63) and rebounds (4.44) per game. Bacchini leads the team in rebounds per game (6.56) and blocks (23), while also ranking third in points per game (10.41)
• Against Huston-Tillotson (Texas) on Jan. 21, Owens set a single-game career-high with 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting. Bayliss set her single-game career-high on Nov. 30 against Wayland Baptist (Texas), scoring 31 points. Bacchini grabbed a single-game career-high 14 rebounds on Jan. 18 against Texas College.
• Nationally, Owens ranks among the top 25 in total steals (10th, 74) and steals per game (13th, 2.74). Bayliss also ranks among the top 25 in 3-point field goal percentage (24th, .401).
• As a team, Our Lady of the Lake ranks among the top 10 nationally in 3-point field goals made per game (2nd, 8.85), scoring offense per game (2nd, 89.56), steals per game (2nd, 14.67), turnover margin (2nd, +10.00), total steals (3rd, 396), total scoring offense (3rd, 2418), total 3-point field goals made (3rd, 239), total assists (3rd, 494), assists per game (4th, 18.30), total rebounds per game (4th, 46.67), offensive rebounds per game (5th, 17.96), scoring margin (5th, +21.82), 3-point field goal percentage defense (5th, .260) and total rebound offense (8th, 1260).
Additional Notes from Around NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball
(As of Feb. 26, 2014)
• The NAIA will announce the 32-team pairings for the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship on March 12 at 7 p.m. CST. The announcement will be made via a free, live video streamed selection show featuring commentary and analysis. The video link will appear on the NAIA.org homepage approximately five minutes prior to the start of the show.
• Vanguard (Calif.) (24-0) is the last remaining unbeaten in NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball. The Lions have one game remaining on their regular-season slate: March 1 vs. San Diego Christian (Calif.).
• Four teams have reached the 25-win plateau: Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), Wiley (Texas), Campbellsville (Ky.) and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho). Nineteen other programs boast at least 20 wins on the season.
• Vanguard has been ranked atop the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll in all ten editions this season (includes preseason poll). Tuesday’s top billing is the 38th all-time for the Lions, dating back to 1999-2000. For the complete release, click here.
• Hayley Newby of Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) was named this week’s NAIA National Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. For the complete release, click here.
• Lewis-Clark State head coach Brian Orr won his 300th game when the Warriors defeated Langston (Okla.), 81-67, on Nov. 9. Orr, the winningest coach in Lewis-Clark State history, is the 12th active coach to reach the 300-win plateau.
• Other Top 25 matchups this week:
o Tuesday – No. 1 Vanguard (Calif.) def. No. 7 The Master’s (Calif.), 82-65
o Thursday – No. 8 Georgetown (Ky.) at No. 23 Cumberlands (Ky.)
o Saturday – No. 6 Oklahoma Baptist at No. 5 Oklahoma City
o Saturday – No. 17 Hope International (Calif.) at No. 7 The Master’s (Calif.)
o Saturday – No. 24 Mobile (Ala.) at No. 19 Bethel (Tenn.)