COLUMBUS, Miss. – The W women's basketball team defeated USCAA sister-institution Judson College 70-49 to improve to 14-5 on the season. In this season's second USCAA competition, the Owls limited fouls and led in rebounds to dominate the competition.
Senior forward Tenazhia Hinkson led the Owls with 25 points, eight steals, seven rebounds, and five assists. Junior guard Autumn Taylor put up 10 points with two blocks while junior center Keyahna Jones brought down 11 boards for a game-high.
As a team, The W played well above its season average. The Owls landed 26-of-54 shots from the floor of which 4-of-10 were three-pointers to shoot 48.1 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. At the line, The W went 14-for-17 to make 82.4 percent of its free throws.
The Owls held Judson to 19-of-58 (32.8 percent) from the field of which 8-of-16 (50.0 percent) were three-point shots. The Eagles did not make it to the line very often but tallied three points on four attempts.
The Owls went on an 8-0 run to open up Tuesday's night game against Judson College. After being fouled less than 10 seconds after tip-off, Hinkson split the free throws to put the first point on the scoreboard. The Owls forced a turnover on the Eagles next possession and junior guard Qiayon Bailey sank a lay-up to put the Owls in the lead 3-0.
Judson finally reached the board with three minutes off the clock. Eagles junior forward Rhianne Green landed a jumper and Carolyn White dropped a three-point shot to cut The W lead to 8-5. The Owls continued to push Judson defensively and closed the quarter ahead 21-11.
In the second period, Qiayon Bailey scored a two-point jumper with less than 30 seconds off the clock. Hinkson pulled down a rebound on the other side of the court to feed Starlandria Walton for a three-point shot and a score of 26-11. Both teams went scoreless for over a minute and a half before Green for the Eagles put up a three-point shot for Judson's first points of the quarter. The W continued its offensive assault to collect 17 additional points before the half while holding the Eagles to 13.
For the last half of the game, the Owls bench saw more playing time to score 14 of the 27 points made. The W continued its high energy defense to only allow 22 points from Judson and ended the game with another victory, defeating Judson 70-49.
The Owls will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 31 when they travel to Denmark, S.C. to take on Voorhees College. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. CT/6 p.m. ET.