Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 20, 2010) - Junior Ashley Taylor guided the JBU women’s basketball team to their second consecutive win over a top 25 opponent on Saturday afternoon in Murray Sells by defeating 25th ranked Wayland Baptist 73-69 in overtime.
Taylor finished with 24 points and eight rebounds after setting a new JBU women’s single game record for free throws made with 19. The team also set a new single game record for freethrows made (37) breaking the record of 36 set during the 1997-1998 season against East Texas Baptist.
Junior Emily Ortiz also added 15 for JBU, and junior Katie Mangels and sophomore Chelsea Garrison tossed in 12 and 11 points respectively.
For Wayland Baptist (16-11, 11-9), Erika Raymond had a game high 30 points after going 7-of-11 from three point land.
With 1:52 remaining in regulation, WBU’s Briana Goss put the Flying Queens ahead 63-62 after scoring down low. JBU missed on their next trip but forced a turnover to retain possession. With 21 seconds left, JBU got the ball inside to Taylor, who was fouled and sent to the line for two. Taylor missed the first but made the second to tie things up at 63. WBU couldn’t convert on their final trip up the floor.
In overtime, JBU took an early four point 67-64 lead after an Ortiz three and free-throw from Taylor. But WBU responded with a 5-0 run capped off by three from Raymond to take a 69-67 lead with 1:06 left. On their next possession, JBU got the ball to Taylor who drew the foul and went 1-of-2 from the foul line to make a one point game with 39 seconds left. WBU had the ball with a chance to stall but Mangels came up with a huge block on Megan Coats. Garrison grabbed the rebound and was fouled and sent to the line where she knocked them both down to put JBU ahead 70-69 with six seconds remaining in the game.
WBU tried to inbound but turned it over and sent the Eagles back to the line where they converted to secure to win.
For the game, JBU shot 34.1% from the field while allowing WBU to knock down 42.9% of their shots. JBU crushed WBU on the boards 42-31, but struggled in the turnover column by committing 24 while forcing 18.
Now 10-18 overall and 6-14 in conference play, they ladies are still fighting to earn that eighth spot in the SAC tournament. Next up on their list is a road bout at Oklahoma Christian on Thursday at 6 p.m.