COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls women's basketball team did not perform well in its Tuesday night home game against Voorhees College. The W came out strong defensively but was unable to back it with a comparable offense.
Kyla Temple for the fourth time this season led the Owls in scoring with 14 points. She was trailed by My'Neka Frazier, bringing in her fourth double-double, with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Every Owl that played more than five minutes recorded points but it was not enough to top the Lady Tigers. The W fell 77-43 during its second annual Toys for Entry game.
Scoring a season-low of 43 points, The W shot 34.8 percent from the floor, including 15.4 percent in three-point range. At the line, the Owls made nine of 20 for 45.0 percent.
Voorhees went 32-for-72 (44.4 percent) from the floor and 8-for-30 (26.7 percent) from beyond the arc. At the apology line, the Lady Tigers made nine attempts for five baskets to hit 55.6 percent of their free-throws.
Both teams were slow to get the offense moving with the first points of the game being scored nearly three minutes after tipoff. Ca'Washa Caesar came in for a layup at the 7:18 mark to give Voorhees a 2-0 lead. The Lady Tigers added three more points to the scoreboard before Temple for the Owls pulled up for two to cut Voorhees lead to 5-2. The Lady Tigers went on a 7-0 scoring run until Temple stalled their effort with two additional points for The W at the 2:14 mark.
With 1:16 seconds left in the quarter and a score of 14-4, senior guard Autumn Taylor scored her first two points for the Owls. Seconds later, Ashley Johnson for Voorhees answered with two points of her own. Closing the period, Briona Green for the Owls knocked down the game's first made a three-pointer to end the period trailing the Lady Tigers 16-9.
In the second period, the Lady Tigers defense held strong and only allowed two Owls points. Johnson for Voorhees collected the first points of the quarter with a layup. It was answered seconds later by Temple who scored the Owls only two points of the period. The Lady Tigers went on a 15-0 run to enter halftime with a 33-11 advantage over the Owls.
The W saw greater success in scoring in the second half but after starting the third period down by 22 points the Owls were unable to make up any ground. Temple and Frazier scored the first two baskets of the quarter but Voorhees outscored the Owls 27-15 to maintain a 60-26 lead entering the fourth.
The fourth quarter was the Owls' biggest period offensively, scoring 17 points and holding the Lady Tigers to 17 but it was not enough to stage a comeback. The W suffered its seventh loss of the season, 77-43.
The Owls will be back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 11 when they travel to Clinton, Miss. to take on Mississippi College in exhibition play. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.