Siloam Springs, Arkansas (December 3, 2011) - by Sidney Van Wyk
The Lady Eagles had their first conference win of the season against Wayland Baptist (Texas) on Saturday afternoon with a final score of 54-53. This win gives JBU a season record of 5-4, 1-2 in conference.
Sophomore Sierra Shipley led the Eagles with 18 points followed by senior Chelsea Garrison with 11 and junior Anna Parrish with nine. Garrison led in rebounds with six, followed by sophomore Jessica Berlin and freshman Morgan Ankrom each with five.
For Wayland (2-6, 0-2) Aubrey Pedigo led with 23 points followed by teammates Angeleigh Davis with 10 and Alex Williams with nine. Wayland performed well under the basket with 37 rebounds, led by Cece Williams with eight and followed by Pedigo and Davis with six each.
WBU out shot JBU, 40.0% (22-55) to the Lady Eagle's 33.9% (19-56). However, JBU had the advantage from the three point line, shooting 35.3% to Wayland's 33.3%. The Lady Eagles also led from the line with 90.9% to the Flying Queen's 60.0%.
JBU began the first half back-and-forth until they had a eight point run, giving them a lead of 14-6. The Eagles held their lead until Wayland was able to break through, eventually tying the game at 23.
The game was neck-and-neck for the final two minutes of the half, which ended with a 28 point tie.
Both teams picked up the second half at the same pace. JBU had a run leaving the score 43-38 before the Flying Queens began to gain momentum, tying the game at 45. The Lady Eagles and the Flying Queens continued to respond basket-for-basket.
With less than a minute left in the game, JBU was down by one point when a foul by WBU’s Erika Raymond gave Shipley two freethrows with four seconds left in the game. Shipley made each of her shots. Wayland’s Cece Williams attempted to respond with a shot from half court but it bounced off the glass, giving the Lady Eagles the win.
The Lady Eagles will take to the court again at Rogers State on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m.