No. 13 Lady Owls build big first-half lead, bury Harris-Stowe

The No. 13 William Woods University Lady Owls crafted a commanding 25-point halftime lead in rolling to an 86-49 AMC romp over Harris-Stowe State University on Saturday.

Senior forward Rachel Baker connected for 15 points to guide William Woods (15-1, 2-0 American Midwest Conference), which rolled into the break with a comfortable 46-21 advantage.

Senior forward Jestine Gerber also provided 11 points for the Lady Owls, who shot 43 percent (29-of-68) overall and overcame 23 turnovers. Freshman forward Daris King pulled down eight rebounds to lift William Woods to a 46-39 edge on the boards.

Lanikia Lawrence put up a game-high 17 points as Harris-Stowe (2-13) bowed in its AMC opener. Gwendelyn Ellis was next with 14 points for the Lady Hornets, who shot 36 percent (21-of-58) from the field and were plagued by 35 turnovers.

The Lady Owls host Hannibal-LaGrange University in an AMC encounter at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Anderson Arena.

Westminster basketball (M)........64

Eureka College.............................47

EUREKA, Ill. — The Blue Jays stayed undefeated in SLIAC play by limiting the winless Red Devils to 24-percent shooting (6-of-25) and 16 points in the first half of Saturday’s 17-point win.

Sophomore guard Skylar Tolson produced a game-high 16 points to lead Westminster College (8-6, 5-0 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), which carried a 34-16 lead into halftime.

Senior forward Justin Gilmore also had 11 points and senior guard Jake Vislay scored 10 for the Blue Jays, who shot 43 percent (21-of-49) as a team and finished with 16 turnovers. Junior center Kelsey Weymuth collected a game-high nine rebounds to power Westminster to an imposing 48-24 advantage on the boards.

Jake Kuenzl led Eureka (0-12, 0-5) with 15 points and Mark Lessen added 11. The Red Devils shot just 30 percent (17-of-56) overall and committed 10 turnovers.

The Blue Jays host SLIAC foe Greenville (Ill.) College at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Harris-Stowe State University......82

William Woods basketball (M)....58

ST. LOUIS — The Owls shot just 30 percent (16-of-53) in dropping to 0-2 in the American Midwest Conference after Saturday’s 24-point loss to the Hornets.

Junior forward Andrew Miller topped William Woods University (6-11), which trailed 41-31 at halftime, with 15 points. Freshman guard Dontre’ Jenkins added 12 points.

Senior guard Dan Anderson and freshman guard Jonathon Nutt grabbed five rebounds apiece as the Owls were narrowly outrebounded by a 35-32 margin. William Woods committed 15 turnovers.

Robert Mumphard countered with a game-high 19 points to direct five players in double figures for Harris-Stowe (6-11), which was playing its AMC opener. Donald Davis followed with 17 points, Kevin Kramer had 16, Jordan Loveless contributed 11 and Terry Hollins tallied 10.

The Hornets shot 55 percent (32-of-58) and finished with nine turnovers.

The Owls return to Anderson Arena to host Hannibal-LaGrange University in an AMC matchup at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Westminster names Marshall

as head track and field coach

Jim Marshall, who has been Westminster College’s assistant cross country and track field coach, has been selected to head both the men’s and women’s track programs at the school.

In his new position, Marshall will continue to serve as assistant cross country coach.

Marshall joined the Westminster staff in 2010 after wrapping up an award-winning coaching career at Jefferson City High School. During his 25 years at Jefferson City, he directed the Jays to 27 district championships and two state titles in cross country and was named Class 4 coach of the year three times.

Jefferson City won nine state championships in track and field during Marshall’s time on the staff. He was inducted into the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dave Tobey — Westminster’s current head cross country and track and field coach — will continue to lead the school’s cross country program. He will now assist Marshall with the track and field programs.

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