Hinkson Leads Owls with 17 Points in Quarterfinal Victory Over Silver Lake

Senior forward Tenazhia Hinkson; Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations
Senior forward Tenazhia Hinkson; Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – Tenazhia Hinkson scored 17 points as The W defeats Silver Lake College 83-48 in the quarterfinal round of the USCAA Women's Basketball Division I Championship Tournament.

The senior forward went 7-for-12 from the field including 3-for-5 in 3-point range. She also brought down eight rebounds, had six assists, and five steals.

Junior guards Autumn Taylor and Starlandria Walton along with junior forward Qiayon Bailey all collected 14 points in the effort. Junior center Keyahna Jones brought down four offensive and nine defensive boards to tie the game-high of 13 rebounds.

The Owls came out the gate making a statement with Hinkson scoring the first points of the competition with a perfect 3-point jumper just 10 seconds after tip-off. The W pushed offensively and had a dominating defense to go on a 20-9 run in the first quarter.

The second quarter was a sluggish period for The W. A full four minutes ticked off the clock before the Owls put up points. After a shooting foul, Taylor splits free-throws for a score of 21-11. Meosha Barnum sank a 2-point jumper seconds later but it was answered by a 3-point shot by Silver Lake.

Despite the delay in scoring in the period, the Owls pushed forward and remained ahead of the Lakers to take the half 35-21.

Silver Lake had the first possession of the third quarter and sank a 3-point jumper to begin the half. A minute later Bailey landed a lay-up to give the Owls and a 37-24 advantage. The two teams exchanged points until the Owls closed the period on a 15-0 scoring run to close the third with its largest lead of the game so far 59-30.

In the fourth period, the Lakers scored 18 points, their largest scoring effort of the game. The Owls stayed ahead of Silver Lake with another 24-point quarter to close the competition with a 35-point victory.

"The Owls played a complete game today," said head coach Howard White. "We were aggressive on the defensive end of the floor, jumping passing lanes and rebound the ball. We were also solid on the offensive end of the floor scoring in the paint in transition and shooting a good percentage from behind the arc."

As a team, The W shot 46.5 percent from the floor including a season-high of 43.8 percent from beyond the arc. They outrebounded Silver Lake 54-36 and converted more points on turnovers 19-5 despite tying the Lakers with 10 miscues.

The Owls advance to the semifinal round of the tournament and will take on the number three seed Paul Quinn College tomorrow Friday, March 8 at noon ET/ 11 p.m. CT. Follow the live stats and watch the live stream: HERE.