Jenna Cooper and Kaylee Edgemon scored 21 points each and Wayland Baptist eclipsed the century mark for the second time in three games as the No. 2 Flying Queens posted a 108-78 victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Thursday night in Hutcherson Center.
The unbeaten Flying Queens (9-0, 7-0 Sooner Athletic Conference) held just a six-point lead, 27-21, after the first quarter but gradually pulled away for the 30-point win. WBU was up at the half, 56-37. That 19-point spread matched the difference by which Wayland downed SAGU (1-7, 1-4) in Waxahachie less than a month earlier, 89-70.
Cooper recorded her fourth double-double of the season, adding 11 boards to go with her 21 points. In fact, the junior had secured the double-double by halftime with 17 points and 10 boards. She also finished with six assists, two steals and two blocks.
Joining Cooper and Edgemon, who was 9-of-12 from the field and had three blocks, in double-digit scoring were Blakely Gerber and Ashlyn Shelley with 13 points each and freshman Kaylee Redon with 10. Tayjanna McGhee-Pleasant turned in a solid performance with eight points and nine rebounds, as did Kaitlyn Edgemon with eight and eight.
Wayland committed just five turnovers and had 25 assists. SAGU gave it away 15 times.
Six of the seven Lady Lions who scored had at least 10 points, led by Kiara Glenn with 21. Alexis Casher had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Flying Queens return to the Hutch at 2 p.m. Saturday to take on Texas Wesleyan (1-7, 1-6), a 54-47 loser to Oklahoma-Panhandle State on Thursday. The Flying Queens escaped Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth on Jan. 9 in the conference opener, 77-75.
In that game, WBU led by 15 early in the fourth quarter before the Lady Rams pulled to within two with 36 seconds to go. Texas Wesleyan had a chance to win in the final seconds but turned it over on its last possession.
NOTE: Prior to the game, a moment of silence was held for Harley and Wilda Redin, both of whom died in the past year. Harley was the longtime coach of the Flying Queens and Wilda was known as the Queens’ greatest supporter. The Redins, for whom the playing surface at Hutcherson Center is named, both died within the past five months.