COLUMBUS, Miss. – Seniors Autumn Taylor and My'Neka Frazier recorded double-doubles in the Owls 69-65 victory over in-state rival Tougaloo College on Wednesday night in Emma 'Ody' Pohl Gymnasium. Taylor, a guard from Newton, Miss., led The W in scoring with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Frazier, a forward from McComb, Miss., led the Owls in rebounding with 14 boards and 16 points.
In the effort, Taylor also added six assist and two steals while Frazier had four assists and four steals. Rounding out the double-digit scoring, freshman forward Rachael McGrew added 13 points with five rebounds, five steals, and two blocks.
As a team, The Owls went 25-for-53 (47.2 percent) from the field, 6-for-12 (50.0 percent) in three point-range, and 13-for-25 (52.0 percent) at the line for some of their best shooting of the 2019-20 season. The Bulldogs made many more attempts than the Owls to shoot 22-for-80 (27.5 percent) from the floor, 7-for-34 (20.6 percent in three-point range), and 14-for-16 (87.5 percent) at the free-throw line.
Tougaloo outrebounded the Owls 51-43 and scored more points off of turnovers 28-19. The W dominated in the paint, 30-12, and picked up a couple of more points on fastbreaks, 4-2.
In the first quarter, the Bulldogs got an early lead, jumping out 5-0. Christianna Harris collected the first points for the Owls with a 3-point jumper to cut the lead to 5-3 with 8:22 left in the quarter. Tougaloo remained ahead for a seven-minute scoring exchange until a layup by McGrew tied the game at 15-15. Both teams scored once more in the quarter to close the period at 17-17.
Tania Young for Tougaloo made a jump shot for the first points of the second quarter. A battle for points ensued but The W was able to push ahead for a 35-30 lead entering halftime.
The second quarter would be the last time the Bulldogs saw a lead as the Owls went on a 19-2 scoring run to open the third quarter. The W outscored Tougaloo 24-6 in the period to enter the fourth quarter with a 23-point lead, 59-36.
The Bulldogs rallied in the fourth quarter and put pressure on the Owls defensively to hold The W to scoring just 10 points while they put up 29. Despite the last period effort from Tougaloo, it was not enough and the Owls defeated the Bulldogs, 69-65.
The W women's basketball team will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 24 when they travel to Harrodsburg, KY for the Campbellsville – Harrodsburg Classic. On Friday, the Owls will take on Florida National University at 4 p.m. CT/ 5 p.m. ET then face Campbellsville University – Harrodsburg on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT/ 12 p.m. ET.