COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls performance at the free-throw line and turnovers at key times during game against Southeastern Baptist College proved costly Saturday afternoon. After leading the game during the first three quarters, the Owls struggled in the fourth to drop their second home game of the season 58-57.
Junior forward Kyla Temple led the Owls offense for the second night in a row, putting up 14 points during the heated contest. Senior forward My'Neka Frazier tied Temple for a team-high 14 points and added 14 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
Rounding out double-digit scoring, senior guard Autumn Taylor added 13 points to the scoreboard with 11 rebounds to be the second Owl with a double-double on the night. The Newton, Miss. native also added six assists, three steals, and one block to the effort.
The W (1-4) started the game behind the Chargers 8-4 but quickly went on a run and grabbed a 9-8 lead with a 3-point jump shot by Christianna Harris at the 2:43 mark. The Owls would continue on that run to close the fourth quarter, 15-8.
The W continued to press ahead of Southeastern Baptist in the second quarter, staying ahead between 10 and eight points.
After halftime, the Chargers regrouped and really started to press defensively, causing the Owls to make mistakes.
SBC grabbed the lead for the first time since the first quarter, 49-48, with just 6 minutes left in the game on a 3-pointer by Charlisia Andrews.
The two teams exchanged scoring up until the final seconds. Back-to-back free throws from the Chargers Rashida Cheddick gave SBC a 58-55 advantage over The W with 13 seconds left. A foul by SBC's Mikayla Laster put Taylor at the line for the Owls. She sunk both shots to trail by one with six seconds on the clock but The W was unable to execute the play, to fall 58-57.
Coach Drew Johnson's Quote
"It was tough to lose that way after leading the majority of the game. Down the stretch, we didn't rebound and we turned it over way too much. If we minimize turnovers and keep them off the offensive glass, we win that game handily.
"Our foul issues also didn't do us any favors. I believe some of our problems can be attributed to fatigue but we can't use that as an excuse. I'm proud of how far we have come in such a short amount of time, but we still have improvements to make. We have practice Monday, and the never-ending process of improvement will resume.
The Owls will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 4 when they host The University of the South at 5:30 p.m.