Junior guard Blake French tallied a career-high 21 points helping the Lady Owls to a 69-51 American Midwest Conference victory over the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles on Saturday at Anderson Arena.
French finished 8-of-13 from field went 5-for-8 from 3-point range and pulled down seven rebounds as William Woods snapped a two-game losing skid and rose to fifth place in the conference standings.
CARLINVILLE, Ill. -Four Lady Blue Jays logged double-digit efforts in a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss to the Blackburn Lady Beavers on Saturday.
Sophomore point guard Mackenzie Haddox paced Westminster with 15 points, freshman guard Andrea Zalis added 13 and sophomore guard Tylere Goans totaled 12 points. Senior guard Leigh Ann Lutz added 11 as the Lady Blue Jays shot 39 percent from the field (26-of-67).
CARLINVILLE, Ill. - The Blue Jays limited the Beavers to 27 percent shooting in the second half in notching a SLIAC road win on Saturday afternoon.
Westminster (11-8, 8-4) led 36-27 at halftime and stretched that lead out to 14 points with five quick points to open the second half. Senior guard Travis Cleveland's layup with 6 minutes, 30 seconds to go stretched the Blue Jays out to a game-high 16 points at 56-40 shot 46 percent in both halves (26-of-56).
Williams Baptist 74
William Woods 66
The Owls dropped their third in a row with an AMC loss to the Williams Baptist Eagles on Saturday at Anderson Arena.
William Woods (6-16, 4-8) led by as many as four points early on, but fell behind 17-11 with 10 minutes, 3 seconds left in the first half. Sophomore center Eli Fleer tied the game at 23-all on a layup with 6:27 to go before the Eagles pushed back in front. Senior guard Dontre Jenkins' got the Owls back even at 30-30 with 1:45 left on a layup of his own, but Williams Baptist (11-9, 5-7) closed the half on a 5-2 run to make 35-32 at intermission.
Jenkins' layup with 15:36 left in the second half got William Woods to within 43-40, but a 10-0 Eagles run over the next 2:49 pushed them out to a game-high 13-point advantage. Senior guard Blake Burgess knocked down a 3-pointer with 6:52 left to cap off an 11-1 run for the Owls and cut the Williams Baptist lead to 60-58, which is as close as they'd get for the rest of the game.
Indoor track and field
Emme earns national berth
at Principia Relays
ELSAH, Ill. - William Woods redshirt junior Madeline Emme punched her ticket to the NAIA Indoor National Championships in the 60-meter hurdles with her performance at the Principa College Relays on Saturday.
Emme clocked a finishing time of 8.94 seconds, good for third place in the event and fast enough to eclipse the NAIA "A' standard and set a new personal best. This marks the second time in Emme's career that she will compete at nationals in the 60-meter hurdles as she qualified two years ago as well.
Blue Jays set two modern marks at Principia Relays
ELSAH, Ill. - One individual and one relay team established modern-day records for Westminster at the Principia College Relays on Saturday.
Sophonore Jesse Edwards set a new school record in the 3000-meter run with a sixth place time of 9 minutes, 26.71 seconds. Junior Daniel Lindaman (9.41.99) and senior Jake Burch (10:40.35) took ninth and 14th place, respectively.
Senior Matt Borst earned ninth place in the mile run with a time of 4:45.19 while freshman Ryan Dyer ran the same race in 4:59.33.
Freshman Kendy Lamour took 31st place in the 60-meter dash in 7.64 while junior Michael Lutz clocked a 7.97 and freshman Raul Belman-Romero notched a time of 8.48 seconds.