Autumn Taylor Leads the Owls in 69-64 Victory Over Berry

Autumn Taylor, Junior Guard; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Autumn Taylor, Junior Guard; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
COLUMBUS, Miss. – After trailing the Vikings most of Monday's game, the Owls rallied in the third and fourth quarters to defeat Berry College 69-64. The W squeezes out the win to improve to 8-2 on the season and maintain its number one ranking the United States Athletic Association standings. 
Leading the Owls for the first time this season, junior guard Autumn Taylor shot a game high of 16 points. The Newton, Miss. native went 5-for-9 from the field, 2-for-2 in 3-point range, and 4-for-6 at the line to tie her school record. 
Bringing down 13 boards and scoring 15 points, junior center Keyahna Jones recorded her second double-double of the season and led the game in rebounds. 
Also aiding in the scoring effort, Rokila Wallace tallied 15 points and Qiayon Bailey scored 10. 
As a team, the Owls shot 42.4 percent from the field, 23.1 percent in 3-point range, and 51.6 percent at the free-throw line. Berry shot 37.1 percent from the field, 24.1 percent in 3-point range, and 64.7 percent at the line. 
"We didn't play very well tonight and our energy was low," said head coach Howard White. "We struggled closing out their shooters but we did do a better job taking care of the ball. We've got to do a better job on our defensive rotations. Overall, I thought we played just well enough to win the game. It was an ugly win but a win is a win."
The Owls will return to action tomorrow Tuesday, Dec. 11 when they travel to Blue Mountain, Miss. to take on Blue Mountain College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.