Wallace Scores 17 Points in Home Opener Versus Blue Mountain

Qiayon Bailey at the line. Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations
Qiayon Bailey at the line. Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls women's basketball team improves to 3-0 on the season after defeating Blue Mountain College 61-36 on its home court on Monday, Nov. 12. Junior center Qiayon Bailey recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 16 rebounds while junior guard Rokila Wallace led the Owls scoring effort with 17 points off the bench.

The W played aggressively and went after every rebound and forced a number of opponent turnovers. The Owls out-rebounded the Toppers 55-38 while almost matching them in steals with five to Blue Mountain's six.

Along with Bailey and Wallace, junior guard Autumn Taylor also contributed double-digit scoring with 11 points. The Newton, Miss. native was one basket shy of a double-double with eight rebounds and was also credited with one assist and one steal.

The Owls only senior Tenazhia Hinkson planted herself under the basket to bring down 10 rebounds. She was also responsible for one steal, one block, and two points.

As a team, the Owls shot 39.0 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the free-throw line. The W took advantage of 19 Topper fouls to score 15 points off of free-throws but held themselves to five fouls, preventing a Blue Mountain trip to the line.

Defensively, the Owls held Blue Mountain to 22.9 percent from the field and 11.8 percent in three-point range.

Tonight the Owls controlled the tempo of the game," said head coach Howard White. "Our defense made them work for every shot. We pushed the ball in transition and got some easy baskets. We also rebounded them and kept our turnovers low. Overall, we were more aggressive and we did a great job attacking the paint."

The Owls will return to the court on Thursday, Oct. 15 when they travel to Holly Springs, Miss. to take on Rust College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.