PLAINVIEW, Texas — 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.