Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 4, 2008) - The JBU women’s basketball team fell 52-70 in their conference home opener to Wayland Baptist (Texas) on Thursday night. The loss drops JBU to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
At the 7:58 mark, JBU (7-2, 1-1) found themselves down by 10, 8-18, before freshman Chelsea Garrison (Springdale, Ark.) sparked a comeback after scoring ten consecutive points. With 3:26 left in the half, WBU (6-3, 1-1) held onto a 26-18 lead before Micaela Cully (Mountain Home, Ark.) hit a baseline lay-up sparking a 6-2 run to help JBU close out the half only down by four, 24-28.
In the second half, JBU got off to a slow start. Midway through half, WBU increased their lead to 14, 33-47. But with 4:49 remaining in the game, JBU cut it down to 12, 47-59, after Taylor found junior Amber Vogts (Newton, Kan.) cutting for the layin. That was as close as the ladies would get as WBU continued to find ways to score holding on for the win.
On the night, Garrison led JBU with 20 points after going 8-of-13 from the floor. Cully was the only other JBU player in double digits with 11. As a team, JBU shot 38.5 percent (16-of-45) from the floor. The ladies struggled in the turnover column committing 26 overall.
For WBU, Alex Williams had a big night with 24 points and six boards. Rose Ouma added 13 points and seven caroms.
The Lady Golden Eagles return to play at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Lubbock Christian (Texas) ranked 12th in the NAIA.