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Williams Splits with Park


It was a wild weekend in Webb Gymnasium at the Southerland Mabee-Center. The Williams Baptist College women and men opened conference play against the Pirates from Park University for four games in two days.  The men and women each came away with one win and one loss to open the American Midwest Conference season.  

Conference play got off to a rough start for the Lady Eagles as Park beat them on Friday night by a score of 78-52.  Williams had not played a game in nearly a month, and it showed early.  Park controlled the game from the opening tip off, and led by 19 at halftime.  

The Lady Pirates’ harassing defense forced WBC into 22 turnovers and a 34 percent field goal percentage.  The 52 points scored by Williams tied a season low.  

Park shot 55 percent from the field and 67 percent from the 3-pt arc.  They also out rebounded Williams 37 to 27.

Olivia Morris and Kim Sutterfield led the Lady Eagles in scoring.  Morris chipped in 12 pts, while Sutterfield scored 10.

Despite Friday night’s defeat, the Lady Eagles came back on Saturday and won a thrilling contest, 64-62.  The Lady Eagles opened a nine point lead as the teams went to their locker rooms for halftime.  

Williams out rebounded Park 38-28, and held a seven board advantage on the offensive glass.  WBC was also able to shoot 47 percent from the field.  

Olivia Morris had perhaps her best game of the season, contributing a double-double.  She filled up the box score with 14 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one steal.  Jessica Shepard scored 14 points, and Kimberly Wise added 13.

The Park ladies are now 11-2 on the season.  The 64 points scored by Williams are the most points the Lady Pirates have given up all year.  

WBC’s record now stands at 7-5 and 1-1 in conference play.  AMC play will continue on Thursday, January 12, as the Lady Eagles host Missouri Baptist University at 5:30 p.m.

The Williams men came away from the weekend with one win and one loss, as well.

The Eagles fell to the Pirates 75-57 on Friday night.  WBC shot a mere 36 percent from the field and only 24 percent from 3-point range.  Also, the Eagles were 13 of 24 from the free throw line.      

Juniors Kyle Harvey and Wes Livingston led the Eagles with 14 points, while freshmen Jake Veasley chipped in 13.  Tyler Price led the Pirates with 18 points, followed by Melvin Gatson who scored 17.  
As tough a night as Friday was for the Eagles, their fortunes were turned on Saturday.  The Eagles came away with a 72-67 victory over the defending conference champions.

The drama was decided with less than a minute to play. Senior guard Logan Chappell made a 3-point basket and was fouled on the play. He made the free throw and gave the Eagles a five point cushion which would prove to be decisive in the contest.  

It was Chappell’s best game as an Eagle.  He scored 19 points off the bench to the lead Williams.  He shot six of seven from the field and made five of six shots from beyond the arc.  

“It feels good to get a conference win. We are going to work hard and build on this,” said Chappell.

Following Chappell were Kyle Harvey’s 12 points, and Chase Norwood’s 11 points.  Cordarius Smith chipped in nine assists.

The Eagles are now 5-8 overall and 1-1 in conference.  They continue conference play on Thursday, January 12, against Missouri Baptist University at 7:30 p.m.

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