WBC Streak Ends to Owls
The Owls of William Woods University ended a pair of winning streaks on Thursday night at Williams Baptist College. They beat the Lady Eagles of WBC 65-53, before defeating the Williams men 79-72.
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The ladies met in a battle to decide sole possession of second place in the American Midwest Conference.
Williams got off to a hot start, leading 16-10 after 11 minutes passed in the game. However, Woods was able to close the half strong and lead 25-20 at the break. In the second half, WWU took control of the game, stretching the lead to double digits.
WBC made a run to cut it to two with 12 minutes remaining, but the Owls responded with an 11-0 run, which brought the lead to nine and kept the Lady Eagles at bay.
The inside game was controlled by WWU, as they dominated the boards 40-29. The Lady Eagles shot 36 percent from the field while Woods shot 46 percent.
Jessica Shepard led Williams with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including four out of six from 3-point range.
Williams is now ranked third in the conference. They will travel to Columbia College on Saturday. They have one more home game left in the regular season, when they host Stephens College Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2:00 p.m.
It was the final home game of the season for the Williams men, who honored seniors Logan Chappell, Alex Garmrath and Spencer Templeton before the contest. The Eagles lost to WWU by the final score of 79-72, ending WBC’s two game winning streak.
The game came down to the final minute with Woods up by three and Williams inbounding. However, solid defense by the Owls forced Kyle Harvey into a contested shot which hit the rim and did not fall in. From there, Woods made their free throws and were able to hold onto the victory.
The Eagles finished the game with four players in double-figures. Chappell scored 16 points, Harvey and Zabian Sanders scored 15, and Jake Veasley added 11.
The loss brought the Eagles record to 8-16 overall and 2-8 in conference.
The Eagles will travel to Columbia, Mo. to compete against Columbia College on Saturday.