FULTON -- In a battle of two of the top defensive teams in the conference, William Woods (12-10, 6-7 American Midwest Conference) held receiving votes Stephens (18-5, 13-1 AMC) to just three points in the first quarter but couldn't maintain the pressure, falling 73-46 on Saturday.
Although the Owls couldn't convert after forcing an opening possession turnover, and Stephens took an early 2-0 lead, the Chu Crockett basket was the only one allowed by Woods in the first quarter.
Coming out in a new defensive look, WWU held Stephens to 6.3 percent field goal shooting (1-16) over the opening 10 minutes of the contest.
With a slim 7-3 lead, Woods hoped to avoid the second-quarter shooting woes that have troubled the team over the past several games.
Sydney Booker hit a pair of jumpers in the opening moments of the second to surpass the 1,000 career point mark and put WWU up 11-6, but Stephens responded with 14 unanswered points.
The Owls shook off the doldrums and battled back for a 25-23 lead with 42 seconds on the clock, but Katie Keilholz couldn't answer Aushara Hostetler's late 3.
WWU trailed 26-25 at the halftime break and tried to hold on after the intermission, but Stephens found an offensive groove in the third, shooting 63.2 percent (12-19) from the floor.
The Owls trailed 56-35 at the end of the third and couldn't muster a comeback in the fourth.
Booker led the Owls with 12 points on the evening, putting the junior at 1,004 for her career.
The Owls look to bounce back into the win column on Tuesday night, squaring off against Harris-Stowe for the second time in eight days. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m., with the inaugural teddy bear toss to be featured following the game. Join William Woods to help the Super Sam Foundation build comfort and sibling packs to help children battling childhood cancer.