COLUMBUS, Miss. – Qiyaon Bailey scored 16 points while Tenazhia Hinkson went for this season's fourth double-double with 16 points and season-high 14 rebounds in the Owls victory over Morris College. Saturday afternoon, The W defeated the Hornets 79-62 on their home court in Emma 'Ody' Pohl Gymnasium to improve to 13-5 on the season.
The Owls struggled with ball control with 27 turnovers to the Hornets 25 but they made the best of their opponents miscues collecting 26 points on turnovers while holding Morris to 21. The W dominated paint play outscoring Morris 50-24 but the Hornets bench contributed more to the offensive effort with 34 bench points to the Owls 17.
The W outrebounded the Hornets 47-40 and shot better from the field. As a team, the Owls shot 52.7 percent from the floor (26-76) including 28.6 percent in long range. Morris landed 34.2 percent (29-55) of their shots from the field with 28.6 percent (2-7) accuracy in three-point range. Both teams had issues at the line with The W shooting 48.7 percent against the Hornets 37.5 percent.
Owls guard Starlandria Walton hit back-to-back free throws in the first quarter for the first points of the game. After back-to-back turnovers, Makeba Harvin sank a layup for the Hornets to put the score at 2-2. The battle to stay ahead in scoring began and the two teams continuously exchange points. It seemed that for every basket scored by The W, Morris would answer. The teams closed the quarter tied at 24.
In the second period, the point trading continued. With 2:33 left in the half and the score at 39 each, Myneka Frazier hit a jump shot for the Owls. A minute later, Bailey put up a layup to give The W a four-point lead. The Owls held on to the lead and closed the half up 46-42.
In the third period, the Owls went on a 12-2 run with 6:55 left in the period to lead Morris 60-52. To close the quarter, the Hornets outscored The W 4-2 to cut the Owls lead to 64-56.
The W ran hot in the fourth quarter to close the game. The Owls went on another scoring run 13-5 to seal the win 79-62.
The W will return to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 22 when it hosts Judson College. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.