Saturday, January 11, 2014
The William Woods University Lady Owls officially find themselves stuck in a rare slump.
Missouri Baptist University outscored No. 25 William Woods 8-5 over the final 2:26 on Saturday afternoon as the Lady Spartans turned back the Lady Owls 87-84 in an American Midwest Conference matchup at Anderson Arena.
William Woods — which trailed 42-39 at halftime but led by as many as seven points early in the second half — suffered its second loss in a row and third in the last four games in slipping to 9-5 overall and 2-4 in the AMC. Missouri Baptist, with its reserves outscoring the Lady Owls’ backups 52-23, improved to 5-8 on the season and 3-2 in conference play.
ST. LOUIS — The Blue Jays dropped their second straight game and suffered their first St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss of the season after falling to the Gorloks on Thursday night.
Westminster College (6-5, 3-1 SLIAC) fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first half and trailed 34-26 at the break. The Blue Jays managed to pull within 60-56 when junior guard Verdis Lee Jr. — a Fulton graduate — buried a 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 19 seconds to play in the game.
Webster University, though, ended the game with an 8-3 run to punctuate the nine-point victory.
Junior guard Brandon Moore was 7-of-12 from the field, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range, in connecting for 20 points to guide Westminster, which shot just 39 percent (20-of-51) as a team and was plagued by 17 turnovers. Lee — who hit 4-of-8 attempts from behind the arc — finished with 19 points and collected a team-high five rebounds as the Blue Jays were overpowered by a decisive 38-23 margin on the boards.
Lyon College 60
William Woods 51
BATESVILLE, Ark. — The Owls shot just 33 percent (16-of-49) and were held to their lowest point total of the season in Thursday night’s American Midwest Conference loss to the Scots.
William Woods University — which was down 27-19 at halftime — slipped to 4-11 overall and 2-3 in the AMC. The loss was the second straight for the Owls, coming on the heels of a three-game winning streak.
William Woods opened the second half with a 7-0 run, closing within 27-26 on junior forward Matt Helle’s basket in the paint with 16 minutes, 20 seconds left in the game. Lyon, though, answered with a 9-1 outburst to extend its advantage back to nine points at the 13:42 mark.
The Owls attempted another rally, using a 15-7 run to trim their deficit to one again. Junior forward Nate Bitner’s 3-pointer with 6:37 remaining brought William Woods within 43-42.
However, that would be as close as the Owls would get. The Scots — who shot a blistering 63 percent (10-of-16) in the second half — steadily stretched their lead out to as many as 11 points before finishing off the nine-point triumph.
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