Women's Basketball Defeats Sewanee 52-44

Briona Green against Southeastern Baptist; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Briona Green against Southeastern Baptist; Photo Credit: Owls Communication

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Kyla Temple shot for 13 points while Christianna Harris and Briona Green collected 12 points each to give The W women's basketball team its second victory of the 2019-20 season. The Owls, now 2-5, defeated The University of the South Wednesday night 52-44 in Emma 'Ody' Pohl Gymnasium.

As a team, the Owls went 17-for-41 (41.5 percent) from the floor while holding Sewanee to 18-for-59 (30.5 percent). Behind the arc, The W landed 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) and the Tigers only collected 3-of-19 (15.8 percent). Both teams struggled at the line with Owls making only 52.0 percent (13-of-25) and Sewanee shooting 41.7 percent (5-of-12) at the apology line.

The Owls got off to a slow start in the first period, finding themselves down 4-0. Briona Green sent up a three-pointer with 7:54 left in the quarter to give The W its first points of the game. A second three by Kyla Temple seconds later gave the Owls a 6-5 lead. Sewanee answered shortly after and the two teams began taking turns scoring until the period came to an end with an 11-11 tie.

Again, The University of the South was the first to make it to the board in the second quarter with Kinsley Logan dropping a basket from beyond the arch. Layups by My'Neka Frazier and Christianna Harris returned the Owls to the lead. A short exchange of points resulted in a battle to stay on top but The W would go on a short run to close the half ahead of Sewanee, 32-24.

A full two minutes ticked off the clock in the third period before Green put up two points to score the first points of the quarter and extend the Owls lead to 10. The W scored the next four points until Logan put up two points for Sewanee to trail The W, 38-26. The Tigers added 5 additional points and back-to-back free-throws by Taniya Cavett gave the Owls a 40-31 advantage entering the fourth.

Momentum changed in the final quarter of the game. Sewanee pushed defensively and fought back offensively to go on an 8-2 scoring run to get within three of the Owls lead. The Tigers progress was halted when a rain of fouls put The W at the free-throw line. In the final four minutes of the game, the Owls scored eight points at the line alone. The W held strong to close the game with a 52-44 victory.

The Owls will return to the court on Saturday, Dec. 7 when they travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to take on Trinity Baptist College. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT.