William Woods Receives Mixed Results at Classic Open
COLUMBIA -- Sharron Andrews posted the third double-double (16 pts, 17 reb) in as many games for the William Woods University women's basketball team as the Owls rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to run out 59-53 winners over Campellsville University on Friday afternoon while despite a 21-point effort from Logan Decker the William Woods University men's basketball team dropped a 75-64 result to Cumberland University.
The Owls struggled through the first half, mustering just six field goals en route to a 17-28 halftime deficit. Coming out of the break, however, Destani Stensrud sparked a 14-4 run for the Owls' first lead of the game. After picking the pocket of Mary Jehlik, the WWU freshman converted a three-point play on the other end of the court. On the next possession, she dished to Megan Aubuchon for a basket, adding another basket and two more steals during the run.
Ashlee Taylor capped the run at the 13:21 mark, giving WWU a 33-32 lead, and the Owls stretched the margin to 37-33 with 11:22 left.
Campbellsville knocked in four straight points to retake the lead with just over 10 minutes to go, but on the Owls' next possession, Andrews grabbed an offensive rebound. The senior found Ciara Tatum for an easy bucket to retake the lead for WWU.
The Owls would never trail again in the contest, and finished the second half shooting better than 50 percent to move to 8-4. Despite Andrews' 16, WWU found itself with a 38-45 deficit on the boards on the afternoon. William Woods finished the contest shooting at a .392 pace and held CU to a .277 clip. Neither team found the range from distance with CU holding a slight (.143-.111) edge, but both teams hit at a .750 pace from the charity stripe.
The Owls got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 6-2 lead. Decker had a hand in all six points for WWU, scoring a pair of buckets and dishing an assist to Roy McElroy for a third. However, Cumberland would respond just as quickly. The Bulldogs notched 11 unanswered points over the next 2:05 to take a 13-6 lead with 15:22 left in the half, eventually taking a 34-25 lead into the intermission.
Jonathon Nutt singlehandedly posted a 7-0 run to pull WWU within three points midway through the second half. All three buckets in the run came off assists from Dontre' Jenkins with his trey at the 7:43 mark bringing the Owls to within a 53-56 margin. WWU couldn't finish the comeback, however, hitting just three of its next 10 shots as Cumberland pushed back out to a 69-56 lead with 2:17 to go.
The Owls fall to 7-8 on the year, finishing the game with a .365 shooting mark. The teams were closely matched from 3-pt range (WWU .273 - CU .263) but the Bulldogs posted a .458 pace from the floor to hold on for the win. WWU won the rebounding battle on the afternoon, pulling down 44 boards to just 36 for CU.
The Cougars vs. Cancer Classic continues on Saturday where the women will square off against Peru State at 2 PM while the men are set to face Hastings College at 4 PM.