Impressive Weekend for Eagles Teams
Williams athletic teams finished the weekend with a lot to brag about. Sophomore Karisa Hendrix opened the softball season by hurling a no-hitter, the men’s basketball team upset nationally ranked Park University, and the women’s hoops team moved their season record to 18-5.
Softball Eagles Open at Blue Mountain
The softball Eagles opened their season at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi Saturday, and Karisa Hendrix proved last season’s Freshman of the Year award from the American Midwest Conference was no fluke.
Williams won the first game of the doubleheader 5-0. Hendrix struck out 12 and walked two in completing the no-hitter.
Blue Mountain bounced back to take the nightcap, 2-1. Tricia Driver was saddled with the loss despite a strong outing, allowing only three hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
The softball team has its home opener scheduled for Friday, also against Blue Mountain. The first game starts at 1:00 p.m.
Eagles Topple #17 Park
The WBC men earned one of their biggest wins in several years Saturday, upsetting the NAIA's 17th ranked team, Park University, at Walnut Ridge. The Eagles emerged victorious in overtime, 72-70, knocking off the top team in American Midwest Conference.
Kyle Harvey racked up 32 points, as well as nine rebounds, to lead the Eagles. Wes Livingston had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Alan Williams also had 10 points.
Williams trailed at the half, 32-27, but fought back to tie the score at 62-all at the end of regulation. Notably, the Eagles overcame Park's considerable size advantage and out-rebounded the Pirates, 48-30.
The Eagles bounced back from a 26-point loss to the same team the night before. By conference agreement, Park traveled to Walnut Ridge and played both of their round robin games back to back. The Pirates beat WBC 76-50 Friday night.
Williams improves to 9-12 overall and 2-6 in the AMC with Saturday's win.
Lady Eagles Improve to 18-5
The women’s team continued its impressive march through the 2010-11 season. The Lady Eagles split with Park this weekend, moving their record to 18-5 overall and 7-3 in the AMC. They are currently in third place in the conference.
Courtney Sublett and Kala Tyus each scored 18 Friday night as Williams down the Lady Pirates, 70-60. Jessica Shepard added 15 points to the cause.
Park took the Saturday game, 69-60. Tyus paced the Lady Eagles with 16 points, followed by 14 from Cheyenne Childers and 12 from Sublett.
The Lady Eagles and Eagles next play at home Thursday, when they host Hannibal-LaGrange. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m., with the men’s contest starting afterward at around 7:30.
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