Owls Roll Past Oakwood in Road Victory

Owls Roll Past Oakwood in Road Victory

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Owls women's basketball team took on fellow USCAA team Oakwood University on Saturday, Feb. 9 for the second time this week. Defeating the Ambassadors 83-42 at home, it was much of the same on the road in Ashby Gymnasium.

With 23 points during the competition, junior forward Qiayon Bailey led the Owls in its 80-58 road victory. The West Point, Miss. native went 10-16 from the field and added three points at the free-throw. She also added three steals and four rebounds in the effort.

Keyahna Jones, a junior center, pulled down a season-high 23 boards for the game high. She also had her eighth double-double this season with 12 points.

Other standout Owls were Starlandria Walton with 15 points and Katlyn Duke with 11.

As a team, the Owls shot 52.4 percent from the floor including 25.0 percent from beyond the arch. At the line, they dipped below their season high, shooting 12-for-24 for 50 percent.

Oakwood struggled offensively shooting 27.3 percent from the field and 20.6 percent in three-point range. At the line, they fared better than the Owls making 64.3 percent of their free-throws.

The first quarter was the worse period for the Owls in Saturday's matchup. Struggling with defense and committing several fouls, the Oakwood offense kept pace with The W.

In the period, Qiayon Bailey started the offensive effort with a layup 10 seconds after tip-off. Shortly after, Keyahna Jones sank a two-point jumper to give The W a 4-0 advantage.

It was almost a full minute later before another basket was made with Nia Dennis landing a lay-up for the Ambassadors to cut the Owls lead, 4-2. Oakwood would pull ahead seconds later with three points from Moriah Combs.

The two teams exchanged scoring for the rest of the period but Oakwood outlasts The W 20-19 to close the quarter.

Momentum shifted for the Owls in the second quarter. The W went on a 20-4 run for a 39-24 lead going into halftime.

In the period, the Ambassadors committed eight turnovers with the Owls collecting 13 points off the miscues. The W outscored Oakwood 12-2 in the paint and tied the Ambassadors 2-2 in second-chance points.

The Owls bench was a force during the quarter to lend 13 points to the offensive effort.

The Owls kept pushing offensively and continued defensively to close the game with a win.

The Owls will be back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 19 when they travel to Selma University. Tip-off set for 5:30 p.m.