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No. 14 Lady Owls stretch winning streak to eight

No. 14 Lady Owls stretch winning streak to eight

January 28th, 2011 in News

William Woods University senior forward Rachel Baker responded with 18 points Thursday night to help send the No. 14 Lady Owls to a 77-60 American Midwest Conference victory over Missouri Baptist University.

Baker was one of four players to finish in double figures for William Woods, which improved to 20-1 overall and 7-0 in the AMC. The Lady Owls - who carried a 37-23 lead into halftime - also extended their winning streak to eight games.

Senior forward Jestine Gerber was next with 16 points for William Woods, which shot 56 percent (32-of-57) as a team and 63 percent (5-of-8) from 3-point range. Junior guard Sharron Andrews added 15 points and junior forward Megan Aubuchon had 14.

Baker's team-high 10 rebounds lifted the Lady Owls to a 38-32 advantage on the boards.

Megan Payton supplied a game-high 21 points to pace three players in double figures for Missouri Baptist (9-9, 4-3). Janelle Hensold and Andrea Seabaugh contributed 11 points apiece.

The Lady Spartans shot just 37 percent (23-of-63) from the field.

William Woods returns home for a first-place showdown against AMC rival Columbia College on Saturday. Tipoff is 2 p.m. at Anderson Arena. The No. 23 Lady Cougars (16-5, 7-0) - winners of seven in a row - manhandled Harris-Stowe State University 95-48 in conference play Thursday night.

Westminster basketball (W)..............98

MacMurray (Ill.) College...................45

The host Lady Blue Jays shot a torrid 66 percent in the first half while building an imposing 39-point halftime lead Wednesday night in easily picking up their school-record seventh straight win.

Westminster College made 21-of-32 shots in the opening 20 minutes and breezed into the break with a commanding 57-18 advantage. With the blowout victory, the Lady Blue Jays improved to 12-5 overall and remained in first place in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a school-best 9-0 mark.

Westminster completed a season sweep of MacMurray. The Lady Blue Jays overpowered the Lady Highlanders 83-65 on Jan. 4 in Jacksonville, Ill.

Freshman guard Leigh Ann Lutz broke out for a game-high 25 points Wednesday night to guide four players in double figures for the Lady Blue Jays, who shot 62 percent (37-of-60) for the game and committed 11 turnovers. Lutz finished 9-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range.

Junior guard Heather Letourneau added 18 points for Westminster, while sophomore guards Kenna Cornelson and Hannah Kloster both had 13. Freshman guard Talisha Washington - a Fulton graduate - collected a game-high eight rebounds to lead the Lady Blue Jays to a 36-30 advantage on the boards.

MacMurray featured just one player in double figures, Kelsey Anderson with 11 points. The Lady Highlanders (1-13, 0-9) shot a feeble 32 percent (17-of-53) from the field and were badgered into committing 22 turnovers.

Westminster travels to Louisville, Ky., for a SLIAC contest against Spalding University at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Lady Blue Jays toppled Spalding 79-64 on Dec. 4 in Fulton.

MacMurray (Ill.) College...................66

Westminster basketball (M)..............62

The Blue Jays dropped out of first place in the SLIAC after making just 59 percent (13-of-22) of their free throws in Wednesday night's home loss.

Westminster College suffered its second straight conference setback in falling to 10-8 on the season and 7-2 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Blue Jays were coming off a 57-48 loss at Webster University on Jan. 19.

Westminster took a 34-31 lead into halftime Wednesday night, but MacMurray scrambled back to pull even at 40-40. The lead changed hands twice before the Highlanders went in front to stay with 8 minutes, 51 seconds to play.

The Blue Jays fought back from a 10-point deficit and closed the gap to three in the last :16, but MacMurray was able to hold on for the victory. The Highlanders avenged an 80-71 loss to Westminster on Jan. 4 in Jacksonville, Ill.

Junior center Kelsey Weymuth - who was 6-of-8 from the field - topped the Blue Jays with a game-high 16 points on Wednesday night. Weymuth also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to spark Westminster to a 36-26 advantage on the boards.

Sophomore guard Skylar Tolson, who had three 3-pointers, tallied 14 points for the Blue Jays, who shot 44 percent (22-of-50) as a team and finished with 14 turnovers.

CJ McClellan and Dylan Burton responded with 14 points apiece to pace MacMurray (7-10, 6-3). The Highlanders shot 46 percent (22-of-48) from the field and committed only six turnovers.

Westminster squares off against SLIAC foe Spalding University in Louisville, Ky., at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Blue Jays turned back Spalding 68-59 on Dec. 4 in Fulton.