LAUREL, Miss. – The Owls women's basketball team opened the 2019-20 season against Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, Miss. The W saw some highs in the match-up but struggled to overcome turnovers and land shots. The Owls fell 84-70 to the Chargers Saturday afternoon to begin the season 0-1.
Senior forward Qiayon Bailey really stepped up for The W. The West Point, Miss. native recorded her first double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Just shy of a double-double, senior guard Autumn Taylor aided in the scoring effort with 13 points and nine rebounds.
MyNeka Frazier, another senior, also had a good night with a team-high 12 rebounds and eight total points.
The Owls were more accurate from the field than the Chargers, shooting 37 percent from the floor and 25 percent in three-point range while SBC shot 35.7 percent from the floor and 22.9 percent in three-point range.
The Owls struggled at the free-throw line, shooting on 55.0 percent while the Chargers shot 64.0 percent.
"We are in the middle of an adjustment period," said first-year head coach Drew Johnson. "There are a lot of new faces in this program, including mine, and we are still trying to get acclimated to each other. I saw some encouraging things out of the ladies this afternoon. We found some things out about ourselves today, and that's always a positive. We have a lot to work on, but now we have a better idea of what we need to focus on to improve."
The Owls return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 12 when they travel to Blue Mountain College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.
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