Claremore Daily Progress

January 4, 2013

SAC WOMEN'S BB: Wayland Baptist drops SGU, 73-68


SHAWNEE — Despite a season-high 25 points from Leticia Silva, the St. Gregory's women's basketball team dropped a 73-68 decision to Wayland Baptist in its conference opener Thursday night at W.P. Wood Field House. The Cavaliers had one of their best shooting nights of the season, but 26 turnovers doomed the home team on a night when possessions were precious.

The Cavs shot 46 percent from the field in a game that featured nine ties and five lead changes. The Flying Queens, however, converted SGU miscues into 19 points and had a decided 28-2 advantage in bench scoring.

WBU (9-7) led by six on two occasions in the second half, the largest lead of either team in the final 20 minutes. The advantage was 61-55 with 4:44 remaining when SGU used an 8-0 run, capped off by a Silva three from the wing, to take a 63-61 lead. The Cavs led 64-63 with 1:55 left, but the Flying Queens converted two consecutive SGU turnovers into points and led by five with less than a minute to play. The visitors made their last six free throws to keep the Cavs at bay.

Silva finished 7 of 15 from the field and made 10 of 14 free throws. Kalie Lucas, who entered the night leading the NAIA in blocked shots, finished with 12 points, 10 boards and five blocks.

SGU, which came into the game second in the NAIA in three-pointers made, took an early 11-4 lead after connecting on its first three from long distance. The visitors responded, though. Down 21-15 with just less than eight minutes left in the half, the Flying Queens made six of their next eight shots and led by five with 4:30 left. The WBU advantage was 36-34 at halftime.

The second half started much like the first with SGU scoring the period's first seven points to take a 41-36 lead with 17:34 left. That lead, however, was short-lived as WBU used a 10-2 run over the next four minutes to regain the advantage.

The Cavs (7-8) return to action Saturday at home against No. 1 Lubbock Christian. That game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Members of Shawnee's civic clubs will receive free admission to both the men's and women's games on Saturday.