Williams Splits with Toppers
Williams Baptist College hosted the Toppers from Blue Mountain College for a basketball doubleheader Saturday afternoon. WBC’s Lady Eagles were able to pull away late to earn a victory, while the Eagles fell in a hard fought overtime game.
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The Lady Eagles put in an impressive second half performance to overturn a three point half time deficit and win 87-75. Williams shot 50 percent from the field for the game, and held the Toppers to 39 percent.
Williams had six players reach double figures in scoring. Olivia Morris produced a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Morris now averages seven defensive rebounds per game and is ranked 10th in the NAIA in this category.
Also reaching double figures were Jessica Shepard 15, Kala Tyus 13, and Becky Caldwell eleven. Katie Thomas and Cheynne Childers provided depth and energy off the bench, with Thomas getting 12 points and six rebounds and Childers adding another 10 points.
The win brings WBC’s record to 6-3. Williams will travel to Ouachita Baptist on December 17. That will be the last game before conference begins on January 6, when Park University travels to Williams.
The men’s game started just like the past three Eagles games started, with WBC’s harassing defense forcing turnovers. Williams forced 17 turnovers in the first half on their way to building a 13 point lead, 42-29, at halftime.
However, in the second half Blue Mountain was able to storm back by shooting 54 percent from the field. The toppers scored 47 points in the second half, while holding Williams to 34.
In overtime, Toppers forward Devante’ Pulliam gathered an offensive rebound and laid it back in with one second remaining to give Blue Mountain the one point margin. The final score was 92-91.
Kyle Harvey continued his impressive week by adding 28 points and six rebounds. Also, Zabian Sanders contributed 25 points, Wes Livingston scored 16 points, and Phillip Sykes added eleven.
The loss ended the Eagles three game winning streak, and leaves their record at 4-5 for the year. Williams’ next two games will be played against Ouachita Baptist University. WBC will play at OBU on Saturday, December 17, and then OBU will travel to WBC on January 2.