COLUMBUS, Miss. – After back-to-back losses, the Owls women's basketball team will have two opportunities this weekend to record their first victory of the 2019 season. The W (0-2) will travel to Sewanee, Tenn. to participate in the two-day Sewanee Hoops Classic hosted by The University of the South.
The Owls opened the season with devastating losses over Southeastern Baptist College, 84-70, and NAIA-foe Blue Mountain College, 84-68.
Senior Autumn Taylor leads The W in scoring through two games, averaging 18.5 points per game. Taylor had 24 points in the game at Blue Mountain for her career-high.
Senior forward Qiayon Bailey averages 14 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. Bailey had a team-high 23 points to go along with 11 rebounds in last Saturday's competition against the Chargers. McComb, Miss. native My'Neka Frazier is posting 8.5 points per game with 12.0 rebounds, while junior guard Christianna Harris averages 9.5 points per outing.
The W has hit 38.3 percent of its shots (51 of 133) through to games, while opponents shoot 40.9 percent (61 of 149). The Owls hit 29 of 47 (61.7 percent) at the free-throw line, while opponents have made 29 of 42 (69.0 percent) at the charity stripe.
The Owls perform just under their opponents through two games, grabbing 45.0 boards per game, compared to 47.0 for its opponents, and The W has one block, while opponents have three.
On Friday, The W will take on Johnson University at 8 p.m. in Juhan Gymnasium. The Royals are currently 2-3 on the season with an overtime victory over Grace Christian University, 67-64, and a huge loss against Pensacola Christian College, 90-65.
With only four of their five games posted, Tori Tessateskie leads the Johnson offense. She averages 20 points per game with 6.3 rebounds. She is assisted by Jordan Smith who puts up 19.2 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game.
The Owls will close out the classic versus Belhaven University on Saturday at 1 p.m. The W instate-rival holds a 1-0 record with a nailbiting overtime victory over Millsaps College.
Leading the Blazer offense, Peyton Papenburg and Keke Lyles posted 14 points each and Mariah Collins led in boards with a 12 point, 12 rebound double-double.
The Blazers shot 31.1 percent from the field, 22.4 percent beyond the arc, and 67.9 percent at the free-throw line.
To follow all the action for the Sewanee Hoops Classic, visit https://sewanee.prestosports.com/sports/wbkb/SewaneeClassic.