March 14, 2012
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FRANKFORT, Ky. – (Box Score) Five Stars scored in double-digits, as Oklahoma City downed Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), 91-73, in game two of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship presented by Kentuckytourism.com. The Stars, who advance to the second round for the fourth time in their last five trips, play the winner of Westminster-Belhaven on Friday at 10:45 a.m.
Lauren Gober paced the Stars with a season-best 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a 4-for-8 effort from beyond the arc. Dietra Caldwell (17), Philicia Kelley (13), Tiffany Goldwire (11) and Nicollette Smith (10) also placed in double-figure scoring for Oklahoma City.
The Stars, aided by 13 points by Gober, sprinted out to a 21-8 lead in the game’s first six minutes. Our Lady of the Lake’s Stacey Darnley’s 3-pointer at the 6:01 mark would cut the deficit to 31-27, but that was as close as the Saints would get, as Oklahoma City closed the period on a 15-3 run to take a 46-30 lead into the break.
Oklahoma City would maintain the pressure in the second half, allowing Our Lady of the Lake to pull no closer than seven points in the second half. The Stars shot 51.7 percent (31-of-60) from the field, including a 58.6 percent (17-of-29) effort in the second half. Defensively, Oklahoma City forced 19 turnovers and held a 41-37 advantage on the boards.
Darnley led the Saints with 18 points, while Alisha Crump rounded out Our Lady of the Lake’s double-figure scorers with 10 points. She also added a team-high eight rebounds. As a team, the Saints shot 40.3 percent (29-of-72) from the field.
Our Lady of the Lake, who was making its first appearance in the National Championship, closes the season with a 26-8 record.