Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 13, 2011) - Behind the play of sophomore point guard Anna Parish, the 19th ranked JBU women’s basketball team came away with an 80-72 win over Wayland Baptist (Texas) on Thursday night at Bill George Arena.
Parish scored a career high 29 points and six rebounds after going 6-of-10 from the field and 15-of-16 from the charity stripe, helping the Lady Eagles improve to 14-3 overall and 8-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Junior Chelsea Garrison also finished in double digits with 16 points and four boards. And seniors Emily Ortiz and Katie Mangels had 12 and 10 points respectively.
For WBU (8-2, 2-7) Erika Raymond led the Flying Queens with 16 points and six boards before fouling out in the second half.
WBU took early control of the game, and led 20-8 midway through the first period. But JBU hung tough and chipped away to pull within two, 25-27, at the break.
After quickly tying things up on their opening possession of the half, JBU allowed WBU to go on an 8-0 run to take a 39-31 lead with 16:03 left to play. But JBU continued to battle and took a 48-47 lead with 10:25 remaining.
A bucket from Parish with 9:17 left put JBU ahead 54-48, but Wayland continued to hang around and found themselves down three, 53-56, after Raymond sunk a basket with 7:24 left.
JBU continued to hold off Wayland’s attempts to get any closer and steadily increased the gap as time elapsed.
For the game, JBU shot 44.7 percent (21-for-47) from the field while holding WBU to 38.1 percent (24-for-63). JBU lost the rebounding fight 35-37 and committed 15 turnovers while forcing only 10. A major difference maker came at the foul line where JBU went 31-of-39 for 79.5 percent. WBU, meanwhile, went 13-of-18 for 75 percent.
The JBU women return to action at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. when they face Lubbock Christian (Texas).