Dates: February 18 & 20, 2016
Scores: WBC vs. WWU (64-60 OT), WBC vs. (3) CC (80-68)
Records: Williams (18-9, 13-9 AMC), WWU (19-9, 14-8 AMC), (3) CC (25-3, 19-3 AMC)
Location: Southerland-Mabee Center - Walnut Ridge, Ark.
Last Thursday, the Williams Baptist College women's basketball team hosted William Woods University, in the SMC. The Lady Eagles earned a second consecutive AMC victory by defeating the Owls. The Owls held a slim 16-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, after Taylor Williams (JR/Mountain Home, Ark. ) pulled a long three-pointer at the buzzer. The Lady Eagles responded with a strong defensive effort in the second quarter, surrendering only one point, and earning a 28-17 lead.
The Owls would mount a late fourth quarter rally, outscoring WBC 20-10 and forcing overtime. Free-throw shooting was the difference in OT and the game, as WBC shot 14-of-16 compared to just 9-of-18 for WWU.
For the second Saturday in a row, Williams upset a top-6 team in the nation, taking down the third-ranked Cougars of Columbia College. Columbia entered Saturday's contest with a record of 25-2 and 19-2 in conference. WBC started off the first quarter strong, holding Columbia to seven points. Alexus Clardy (JR/Conway, Ark.) hit a three at the buzzer to push the lead to 16-7 in the period. The Cougars could not overcome its shooting woes in the second period, as they took a 7-of-30 effort into the break, trailing 40-25.
The Lady Eagles were pressed the entire second half and Columbia cut the lead to single-digits. As was the case against Woods, free-throw shooting determined the final outcome. WBC shot 27-of-34 in the contest, with most of the charity stripe shots coming in the final period. Rebounding was a major factor in the contest, as Williams posted a +24 (58-34) edge. The win was the third consecutive AMC victory.
Quote of the Games:
"We have been playing very well at the right time of the season," said Head Coach Carol Halford. "We continue to key in on building the offense by starting at the defensive end of the floor."
Inside the Numbers against Woods:
• Alytrius Perry (JR/Marked Tree, Ark. ) had 15 points to lead Williams in scoring. She also added six rebounds.
• Andrea Moffitt (JR/Lexington, Tenn. ) added a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
• William Woods was led by April Gebke's 15 point outing.
Inside the Numbers against Columbia:
• Da'Monique Brown (SO/Luxora, Ark. ) came off the bench and led the team in scoring with 17 points in 19 minutes. She also added five rebounds and four assists.
• Alytrius Perry finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.
• Andrea Moffitt had 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.
• Michaela Thompson posted a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
• Columbia was led by Kei'Yana Pearson's 17 points.
Williams will finish its regular season with a two-game road trip to St. Louis, Mo., for games against Missouri Baptist University and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. The game against MBU is on Thursday, February 25, and is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start time. The game against Pharmacy is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start on Saturday, February 27 in St. Louis.
For more updates on the women's basketball team, check out www.wbceagles.com