PLAINVIEW, Texas — For the third game in a row, Wayland Baptist junior Angeleigh Davis broke her own career scoring record, contributing 26 points in the Flying Queens' 84-73 victory over Mid-America Christian University here Thursday evening.
Three Wayland players ended with point totals in the double digits, giving the Flying Queens the win in their Sooner Athletic Conference home opener.
Head coach Tory Bryant said his team hit all the right notes in the victory.
“For us to win, I think we need four players in double figures and tonight we had Angeleigh with 26, Laura Castillo and Christie Mooney with 13 and others with eight and seven,” he said. “Overall, I'm proud of the kids…they competed well and protected our home court, which gives us a chance later on because our road games are so tough.”
Hot hand Kourtni Williams scored two quick buckets to give MACU (9-4, 0-2 SAC) a 4-0 lead, but Wayland (11-7, 3-1) soon elbowed its way into the party, tying the game up at 6 apiece five minutes into the game. The Lady Evangels gave the Flying Queens just about everything they could handle, taking a seven-point lead around the halfway mark of the first half.
Two free throws from Davis and jumpers from Mooney, Rochelle Norris and Aubrey Pedigo put Wayland right back in the mix, tying the game at 18. From there, the Flying Queens took the lead, which they maintained for the remainder of the half. MACU wouldn't back down, however, and started to inch closer, pulling within two as the teams headed to the locker room at the half. The Flying Queens led 42-40 at the break.
Williams led all scorers with 19 points, nearly half of her team's point total, while Davis paced Wayland with 11.
The Lady Evangels came out with renewed energy in the second, quickly closing the gap and taking a five-point lead eight minutes into the half. Wayland didn't panic, but continued to push the offensive pace, with every Flying Queen putting points on the board.
After tying it at the 10:32 mark, Wayland turned up the heat and steadily pulled away from the Lady Evangels, as Davis scored 15 points in the second half. MACU started fouling with just over a minute to play, but was unable to get back in it, ultimately falling by 11.
“I thought the kids played with a lot of intensity tonight,” Bryant said. “I'm not happy with giving up 73 points, but any time you win, you really don't care how many points you give up. We did better defensively in the second half, especially on No. 31 (Williams). She went for 29 (points) in the game, but we did a better job making her make tough shots in the second half.
“I'm proud of the kids because when MACU went on a bit of a run and took the lead, we responded. And we were able to do it without CeCe (CeCe Williams) and Jordan (Jordan Scott-Benson), who we hope to have back in the next day or two."
Davis led the Flying Queens with 26 points, including a 10-of-13 performance from the free throw line, while Castillo and Mooney each contributed 13. Castillo was also solid from the charity stripe, dropping in 6-of-8. LaTericka Anderson and Norris wrapped up the game with eight points and eight rebounds apiece, while Mooney and Pedigo had two blocks each. Stephanie Afunugo and Anderson came up with two steals apiece.
The Flying Queens shot 28-of-60 (47 percent) from the floor and were 24-of-37 (65 percent) from the charity stripe. The team came up with 43 rebounds, 11 assists, six blocks and six steals.
Williams led MACU with 29 points, followed by Sarah Martin with 16 and Parris Price with 11. The team shot 44 percent (28-of-60) from the floor and was 10-of-19 (53 percent) from the free throw line.
“Both teams shot the ball extremely well tonight,” Bryant said. “They shot 44 percent from the field and we shot 47 percent. In the past, we haven't necessarily been a great shooting team, but over the last three games our kids have shot the ball well.
“Hopefully we can continue that this weekend against Oklahoma City on Saturday. Tonight was a good team effort, but we know we've got to turn around and get ready for OCU this weekend.”
The Flying Queens can attempt to string together a fourth consecutive win if they can top visiting conference foe and defending national champion Oklahoma City (10-2, 2-0 SAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Stars will be coming off a 79-68 victory over previously unbeaten and top-ranked Lubbock Christian.