The University of St. Thomas women’s basketball team dropped only its third home game of the year to the Red River Athletic Conference leader, Our Lady of the Lake University, on Feb. 7. The Saints from San Antonio jumped out to a 13-point halftime lead and cruised to a 94-71 victory.
Junior Gaby Guzman led St. Thomas with a career high 28 points. She also added 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals. Senior Amber Arceneaux-Francis chipped in 25 points and 16 rebounds. The loss dropped the Celts to 13-12 overall and 9-8 in the RRAC.
“Our Lady of the Lake is a very good team,” said Head Coach Mike Ricks. “You have to play mistake-free if you want to have a chance to beat them, and we didn’t do that tonight. Give them a lot of credit though – they’ve had a heck of a year so far.”
The UST men made quick work of Our Lady of the University Thursday night. The Celts jumped out to a 57-20 halftime lead before finishing with a 89-48 victory. St. Thomas won their 5th game in a row by beating the Saints. The win improves UST to 18-5 overall and 13-4 in the Red River Conference.
Junior Bryan Kaase led St. Thomas with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Caleb Williams was 4-4 from three to finish with 16 points. The nation’s assist leader, Travis Lampley, had 12 assists on the night. The Celts shot 64% from the floor for the game and 61% from the 3-point line. The 48 points were the lowest total on the year for OLLU and Robert Martinez, the nations leading 3-point shooter had 0 threes for the night.
Next up for St. Thomas are home games against Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. for the women and 4 p.m. for the men in Jerabeck Gym.
Photo 1: Gaby Guzman
Photo 2: Bryan Kaase