Williams Splits with Missouri Baptist
Williams Baptist College hosted the Spartans from Missouri Baptist University on Thursday evening for two exciting games. The Lady Eagles glided past the MBU women in the first game by the score of 64-56, and the Eagles fell to the Spartans 77-74 in the nightcap.
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The Lady Eagles held MBU to 34 percent shooting from the field, while forcing 21 turnovers. It was not WBC’s best shooting night from the field, but they were able to pull away due to solid free throw shooting. They shot 37 percent from the field and 86 percent on 18-of-21 from the free throw stripe.
Williams had a balanced attack with five players scoring at least nine points. Kimberly Wise led the way with 13 points, Kala Tyus had 11, Cheyenne Childers had 10, and Olivia Morris and Becky Caldwell scored nine a piece. Morris and Caldwell also added a combined 16 rebounds for the Lady Eagles.
Williams has now won two straight American Midwest Conference games and holds a record of 2-1 in conference and 8-5 overall. WBC will resume conference play on Saturday, January 14, when it travels to Hannibal-LaGrange University. The next home game for the Lady Eagles will be Thursday, January 19, at 5:30 p.m. as they host Philander Smith College.
The Eagles fell to Missouri Baptist in a highly contested 77-74 game. Williams got within one point with 11 seconds remaining, but were unable to complete the comeback as Zabian Sanders’ game tying shot at the buzzer did not go in. Despite outshooting Missouri Baptist from the field, 3-point line, and the free throw stripe, the Spartans were able to hold on for the victory.
Williams shot 45 percent from the 3-point line, making nine of 20 shots. Cordarius Smith led the Eagles with five makes on his six shots beyond the arc. He had 22 points overall with seven rebounds. It was his best game of the season, as he shot 80 percent from the field.
Wes Livingston chipped in with 15 points and five rebounds, and Kyle Harvey had 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Eagles drop to 1-2 in conference and 5-9 overall. They will travel to Saturday, as well. They will return home on Tuesday, January 17, to host Crowley’s Ridge College at 7 p.m.
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