DENVER, Colo. – The Owls women's basketball team played its first official game in 16 years on the road at Johnson and Wales University. The W returned to the court with a 76-42 victory over the Wildcats on Friday, Nov. 9 to start its comeback season 1-0.
Junior guard Brandy Harris had 17 points, while junior guard Rokila Wallace scored 16 points off the bench to lead the Owls in scoring. The W's only senior Tenazhia Hinkson played hard defense to lead the team with four steals and 12 rebounds.
The Owls got off to a quick start, taking a 4-0 lead behind a pair baskets made by Taylor. The Wildcats answered with a couple of completed shots of their own but it was not enough to stifle The W's run. The Owls closed the first quarter ahead of Johnson and Wales 19-8.
After the first quarter, The W continued with aggressive plays and pressure defense to overpower the Wildcats offense. The effort kept the Owls ahead and The W never relinquished its lead during Friday's matchup.
As a team, the Owls shot 47.5 percent from the field while holding the Wildcats to 25.4 percent. Both teams struggled in three-point ranges with The W making 2 out of 14 shots while Johnson and Wales completed 5 of 35. At the line, the Owls scored 16 of their points while the Wildcats were held to 5.
The Owls will back in action on day two of the Johnson and Wales Tournament when they take on Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, Nov. 10. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. MST/ 4 p.m. CST.