Callaway Colleges

Lady Owls remain unbeaten after pair of Top 25 victories

— William Woods toppled No. 15 Oklahoma Baptist and No. 24 Friends University on Saturday to cap off its undefeated run at the Oklahoma Baptist Tournament. The Lady Owls bested Oklahoma Baptist 4-1 to close out the tournament and got past Friends 6-1 in the day’s first contest.

Baseball

William Woods 9

Victory University 2

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Junior James Ball threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings to guide the Owls to a series sweep of Victory University on Sunday afternoon.

Ball allowed just two hits, walked none and struck out two on the day. Junior Garrett Haslag allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three in 4 1/3 innings of work as William Woods gave up nine hits to Victory.

Women’s basketball

Westminster 75

MacMurray 60

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Freshman guard Andrea Zalis logged a game-high 21 points to lead three other Lady Blue Jays in double figures in Westminster’s St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road win over the Lady Highlanders on Saturday.

Zalis finished 7-of-15 from the field and 5-for-7 from 3-point range while senior guard Leigh Ann Lutz knocked down 6-of-14 from beyond the arc to finish with 18 points. The Lady Blue Jays shot 46 percent from both the field (24-of-52) and from long distance (13-for-28).

Westminster (11-11, 9-7) trailed by five early on, but went on top 17-15 on a jumper from sophomore point guard Mackenzie Haddox with 8 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first half. Sophomore guard Sadie Theroff’s free throws with :03 left pushed the Lady Blue Jays to a 33-23 halftime advantage.

Theroff finished with 16 points and Haddox added 12 for Westminster, now winners of three of its last four.

Men’s basketball

William Woods 75

Missouri Baptist 64

ST. LOUIS — Senior guard Blake Burgess led all players with 19 points and seven rebounds as the Owls upended the Missouri Baptist Spartans in American Midwest Conference road action on Saturday.

The win snapped William Woods’ six-game losing streak and leaves the the Owls in eighth place in the league standings with four games remaining.

William Woods (7-19, 5-11) trailed by 10 less than halfway through the first half, but grabbed the lead for the first time at 28-25 on freshman guard Ryan Hill’s 3-pointer with 1 minute, 46 seconds left in the half.

The Owls took a 30-27 advantage into halftime then started the second half on an 11-2 spurt to stretch their lead out to double digits. Burgess’ triple with 16:59 to go put William Woods on top 41-29 and the Owls’ lead would get as high as 15 points later on.

Burgess knocked down 7-of-14 shots for the game while senior guard Jonathon Nutt shot 7-for-12 to finish with 18 points. The Owls shot 48 percent from the floor (29-of-61), but were outrebounded by the Spartans 35-33.

MacMurray 85

Westminster 72

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — The Blue Jays’ season long win streak came to a halt in a SLIAC loss to the MacMurray Highlanders on Saturday.

Westminster (14-9, 11-5) saw its recent spurt end at six as their lead over Greenville was trimmed to one game for the fourth and final spot in the SLIAC postseason tournament.

The Blue Jays shot 54 percent (15-of-28) in the first half and held a 46-44 advantage at intermission. The Highlanders went out in front 49-48 on two Spencer Pratt free throws with 18 minutes, 31 seconds left in the second half. That began a 18-4 MacMurray run over the next 8:12 to put Westminster behind by 14 points.

The Blue Jays trailed by as many as 15 in the second half, but cut its deficit down to eight at 73-65 on senior guard Joe James’ free throw with 3:58 left.

James and junior guard Verdis Lee Jr. (Fulton) each led Westminster with 15 points. Senior guard Jordan Jones and junior guard Brandon Moore both finished with 12 as the Blue Jays connected on 44 percent from the field (24-of-54) and outrebounded the Highlanders 26-23.

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