COLUMBUS, Miss. – Seniors Autumn Taylor and My'Neka Frazier closed out their Owls athletic career on a high note, leading their team to a 67-61 victory over fellow USCAA-institution Oakwood University. Taylor led The W women's basketball team with a game-high 17 points and eight rebounds while Frazier tallied her 15th double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 17 points.
Rachael McGrew added another 14 points to the Owls offense and Christianna Harris had 12 to round out double-digit scoring. McGrew, a freshman forward, also had a great game defensively with a career-high five blocks and five steals.
As a team, The W shot 22-for-57 (38.6 percent) from the floor, including 2-for-9 in three-point range. At the line, the Owls landed 21-of-32 for a 65.6 percent free-throw percentage.
The Ambassadors hit 23-of-70 (32.9 percent) from the field with just on a three-pointer of eight attempts. At the free-throw line, Oakwood scored 14-of-21 for a 66.7 percent free-throw percentage.
The W (7-16) took an early 4-0 lead before Oakwood could get on the board. The Ambassadors missed their first four shots, and after they did score, they were able to push ahead of the Owls going on a 12-2 run for a score of 12-6 with just under two minutes left in the quarter. More than a minute would pass before Katie Beth Williams split free throws and followed with a layup to cut the Ambassadors lead to 12-9. With just two seconds on the clock, Regine Ellis-Parker for Oakwood sank a layup to close the quarter 14-9 with the Ambassadors ahead.
McGrew for The W scored the first points of the second quarter just under a minute after its start. The two teams took turns scoring but the Ambassadors were able to stay just ahead of the Owls. With a score of 18-17 and 5:11 left in the period, The W took its first lead of the quarter on a layup from Frazier. Oakwood answered with a layup of its own which jump-started an 11-2 scoring run. The Owls fought back and were able to close the gap to 34-30 to enter halftime.
Coming back after halftime, Frazier opened up scoring with a layup. The Owls tied the game up on back-to-back free-throws by Taylor but found themselves behind, 36-34, on Ambassador free-throws. The game would be tied twice more in the quarter before Oakwood pulled ahead for a score of 48-45 to end the period.
The Owls remained behind the Oakwood for the first three minutes of the final quarter. Jasmine Shaw scored two to give The W a 51-50 advantage with 6:26 left to play. Harris added three on a layup and a free-throw to put the Owls further ahead and start another scoring run. The W jumped ahead 60-52 and would remain ahead for the rest of the game for a final score of 61-67.