COLUMBUS, Miss. – First-year head coach Drew Johnson received his first victory as a head coach as junior-transfer Kyla Temple drops 31 points in the Owls 2019-20 home opener. The W defeated Centenary College – Louisiana, 62-54, in a thrilling match-up in Pohl Gymnasium Friday night.
The Columbus, Miss. native could not miss, going 13-for-16 from the floor and 5-for-6 at the free-throw line. She also pulled down three rebounds and tallied five assists.
Senior forward My'Neka Frazier recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The McComb, Miss. native was also credited with four assists and one steal.
The W (1-4) found its grove in its first game of the season on in Pohl Gymnasium. The Owls saw some of their best shooting so far this season, going 26-for-55 (47.3) from the field. The W took chances beyond the arc to go 2-for-12 (16.7 percent) in three-point range and struggled at the free-throw line, sinking 8 of 16 (50.0 percent).
The Ladies (0-3) took more shots than the Owls but with less accuracy, going 22-for-71 (31.0 percent) from the field. In the three-point range, Centenary went 7-for-31 (21.9 percent) and had a harder time at the line than Owls, scoring on 3 of 9 (33.3 percent).
The Ladies outrebounded The W 40-38 and recorded more steals 40-38. The two were equal in miscues with 13 turnovers each to have similar defensive performances.
Coach Drew Johnson's Quote
"I really can't say enough about the effort that we came out with in the beginning. Briona Green, Autumn Taylor, and Christianna Harris did an amazing job being active in that zone and Kyla and My'Neka were terrific at limiting interior looks and communicating reads to our players at the top of the zone.
"Down the stretch, it was all about ball control and execution. Briona was a true floor general tonight and always managed to get us into the play we wanted while also greatly limiting our turnovers.
"Kyla had an absolute monster of a night. Her teammates did a great job of getting her the ball in spots that she felt confident in and she made the defense pay just about every single time she touched it. If it weren't for foul trouble, she might have gone for 50.
"Taniya Cavett, Iyana Canada, and Jasmine Shaw all gave us good minutes off the bench at various positions. Each brought a great energy, so we never missed a beat when they were on the floor. We are going to enjoy this one, but only for tonight. We have to get another win tomorrow."
The Owls will return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 22 when they take on Southeastern Baptist College in doubleheader action with The W men's basketball team. The women's game will tip-off at 2 p.m. and the men's game will follow immediately after.
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