DENMARK, S.C. – Owls women's basketball suffers its first road loss in the second half of the season on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Voorhees College. The W played aggressively but were unable to overcome turnovers and missed free throws to fall 14-6 on the season.
Leading the Owls against the Tigers, Qiayon Bailey went 5-for-14 from the floor and 10-for-17 at the free-throw line for 20 points. The junior forward also brought down six rebounds with two blocks and one steal.
Keyahna Jones recorded her sixth double-double of the season with a game high of 12 rebounds with 13 points. Rounding out double-digit scoring, Autumn Taylor put up 12 points with two steals and one assist.
As a team, the Owls went 33.3 percent from the field including 25.0 percent beyond the arc. At the line, The W hit 25 of 38 shots for 65.8 percent accuracy in free-throws.
Voorhees shot 36.8 percent from the field including 26.7 percent beyond the arc. At the line, the Tigers went 9-for-14 for 64.3 percent.
Voorhees went on a 5-0 run to open up its home game against The W. After a foul with less than two minutes off the clock, Bailey went to the line for the Owls. The junior forward sank both baskets to record the Owls first points of the game.
The Tigers increased their lead to 11-3 after back-to-back jumpers and a tip-in. Another foul was committed against the Owls and Bailey split the free-throws for an additional point. The W worked hard to close the quarter, holding the Tigers at 11 and putting up seven additional points to close the gap. With 10 seconds left, Ladazha Cole landed a three-point jumper for Voorhees to end the period ahead of the Owls 14-10.
In the second quarter, the Tigers started strong outscoring the Owls 7-2. Tenazhia Hinkson for The W hit a pair of free-throws to shake loose the Owls offense and start an Owls scoring run.
With 4:20 left in the first half, Bailey once again split free-throws to put The W within one of the Tigers, 26-25. She followed with layups on two consecutive possessions and a three-pointer by Hinkson gave the Owls their first lead of the game 32-29.
For the rest of the half, the two teams exchange scoring but the Owls were able to outlast the Tigers closing the half 39-35.
Ca'Washa Ceasar hit a three-point jumper seconds after the start of the third quarter for Voorhees. With a second three-pointer by Nijah Davis on the next possession, the Tigers quickly tied the Owls. For the rest of the period, the two teams traded scoring and finished the third tied at 57.
It was much of the same in the fourth quarter but the Tigers were able to pull ahead of the Owls with a run with less than five minutes left in the game. Tied a 63, Voorhees went on a 10-1 run for a 73-64 victory over The W.
The Owls will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 2 when they take on Morris College. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. ET/ 12 p.m. CT.