Callaway Colleges

No. 2 Freed-Hardeman hammers Lady Owls

The William Woods University Lady Owls had no answer for the second-ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University Lady Lions in a 94-57 American Midwest Conference loss at Anderson Arena on Saturday.

William Woods (13-6, 6-5 AMC) led 4-3 with 17 minutes, 19 seconds left, before Freed-Hardeman erupted for a 15-0 run over the next 5:47. The Lady Lions stretched that deficit even further, eventually taking a 51-20 lead into halftime.

The Lady Owls shot just 32 percent (18-of-57) from the field (18-of-57) and were led by senior guard Katie Scherder’s 13 points off the bench. Sophomore guard Julia Wells scored 11 points and junior guard Destani Stensrud added 10 as William Woods saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.

Eureka 70

Westminster 65

EUREKA, Ill. — Senior guard Leigh Ann Lutz’s 25 points weren’t enough to help the Lady Blue Jays overcome a halftime deficit in a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss to the Lady Red Devils on Saturday afternoon.

Westminster (8-9, 6-5 SLIAC) fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first half and trailed 34-22 at halftime. Eureka College’s advantage stretched to as big as 18 points twice in the second half, the last coming on Jenna Brooks’ layup that made it 47-29 with 14 minutes, 3 seconds left in the game.

Men’s basketball

Westminster 91

Principia 73

Junior guard Verdis Lee Jr. hardly missed in delivering an extraordinary effort with a game-high 32 points in the Blue Jays’ SLIAC home punishment of the Panthers on Thursday night.

Lee — a Fulton graduate — logged 18 points in the first half to steer Westminster College to a 41-35 lead at the break. He finished 13-of-16 from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, and made all three of his free-throw attempts. Lee also pulled down a game-high five rebounds as the Blue Jays edged Principia (Ill.) College 28-26 on the boards.

William Woods 62

Hannibal-LaGrange 38

Senior guard Blake Burgess equalled his career high with a game-high 23 points as the Owls snapped a two-game losing skid with an AMC dismantling of the Trojans on Thursday night at Anderson Arena.

Burgess was about as efficent as you can get, making 8-of-10 shots — including 3-of-4 from 3-point range — and knocked down all four of his free-throw attempts. He was the only William Woods player in double figures.

Burgess accounted for 15 points in the first half and his layup with 6 minutes, 25 seconds left extended the Owls’ lead to 14 at 22-8. Hannibal-LaGrange University ended the half with a 10-5 run to end the half and William Woods (6-13, 4-5 American Midwest Conference) took a 27-18 advantage into the break.

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