COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls women's basketball team defeated Oakwood University 83-42 during its final home game of the 2018-19 season. Owls senior Tenazhia Hinkson was honored during the game as she donned The W uniform for the last time in Emma 'Ody' Pohl Gymnasium.
Starlandria Walton went 7-for-10 from the floor and picked up a basket at the free-throw line to lead the Owls with 15 points. Keyahna Jones and Katlyn Duke tied for the game-high of eight rebounds while Autumn Taylor, Qiayon Bailey, and Duke lent 12, 11, and 10 points to the scoring effort respectively to round out double-digit scoring.
As a team, the Owls shot 43.4 percent from the field including 21.1 percent from beyond the arc. The Owls split free-throws to go pick up 13-of-23 for 56.5 percent.
Oakwood hit 31.5 percent from the field including 21.7 in three-point range. The Ambassadors struggled at the line making only 3 of 12 for 25.0 percent.
The two teams got off to a slow start in the first quarter with the first points of the game being scored a minute and a half after tip-off.
Bailey was the first to score, landing a layup to give the Owls a 2-0 start. A full minute passed before Oakwoods DJ Jackson hit a two-point jumper after a steal to tie the game. The Owls and the Ambassadors exchange scoring but The W went on a 17-3 run to close to quarter and enter the second period ahead 21-7.
Duke jumped started the Owls second quarter scoring with a two-point jumper 10 seconds in. A minute and a half later, Autumn Taylor put up a layup to increase the Owls lead to 25-7.
Seconds later, Jackson Oakwood landed a two-point jumper for Oakwood to give the Ambassadors their first points of the period.
During the second quarter, the Owls outscored Oakwood 9-6 in the paint and 3-2 in second-chance points. The W landed 8 of 15 from the floor including 2 of 3 in three-point range. They also collected five free-throws to score 23 points in the period. The Ambassadors hit 6 of 15 from the floor including 2 of 6 in three-point range to score 14 during the second. The Owls entered halftime up 44-21.
In the third quarter, the Owls scored 21 points while holding the Ambassadors to eight.
Oakwood's offense played better in the fourth but defense took a back seat and the Owls were able to pull ahead by more than 40 points to close the game with their 16th victory of the season, 83-42.
The Owls will get a second look at Oakwood when they travel to Huntsville, Ala. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.