Owls Look to Bounce Back Against Selma

Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Photo Credit: Owls Communication

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The No. 1 ranked Owls women's basketball team looks to bounce back after a devastating overtime loss to Huntingdon College on Tuesday as they take on Selma University on Thursday, Jan. 17.

In Tuesday's game, The W (11-5) fell behind by double digits in the third quarter but found momentum in the fourth to push back and force its first overtime game of the season. After being down by 10 points, the Owls landed a string of layups and free-throws to put them back in the game. Despite its fourth-quarter success, The W was unable to repeat the feat and fell 89-83.

In the match-up, the Owls made 42.9 percent (30-70) in the field and 16.7 percent (3-18) of their long-distance shots. The game was lost at the free-throw line with The W only shooting 55.6 percent (20-36). Huntingdon shot 41.3 percent in the field and 32.1 percent in three-point range. At the line, the Hawks were nearly perfect going 18-20 at 90 percent.

Qiayon Bailey, who was named USCAA Player of the Week earlier in the season, leads the Owls in scoring with 14.0 points per game while averaging 7.9 rebounds per game. Junior center Keyahna Jones brings down 9.3 boards per game to lead The W in rebounding and the Owls only senior Tenazhia Hinkson averages 10.4 points per game, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.4 steals.

Selma enters Thursday's game with a 2-10 overall record. The Bulldogs begin the second half of their season against The W after canceling a game versus Thomas University earlier in the month. Their last outing was against Southern University – New Orleans before the holiday break. Selma dropped the game 73-68 against the Knights on its home court.

As a team, Selma is scoring 61.8 points per game this season, hitting 39.3 percent from the field and 25.1 percent at the free-throw line. The Bulldogs bring down 36.8 boards per game with 22.1 turnovers per game.

Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. CT. The men's teams will play immediately following.