ALEXANDRIA, La. – The winningest women’s basketball team in the nation is closing in on another milestone.
The Wayland Baptist Flying Queens on Saturday afternoon defeated LSU-Alexandria, 92-71, to keep the NAIA’s eighth-ranked team undefeated after four games. Kaylee Edgemon dumped in 28 points, Jenna Cooper 25 and Angel Hayden 19 to lead the way.
“The combination of Angel attacking the hoop and getting to the free throw line (9-of-9), Jenna knocking down shots and Kaylee’s dominating performance inside, LSU-Alexandria had no answer,” WBU coach Jason Cooper said.
With that victory, the Flying Queens are just one win away from picking up their 1,700th victory. They’ll try to get it done Thursday when they make their home debut against No. 23 Loyola (La.) beginning at 7 p.m. in Hutcherson Center. The game is part of the Queens Classic, a three-game, three-day event that will also see the Queens host Our Lady of the Lake at 2 p.m. Saturday and Loyola and OLLU squaring off at 4 p.m. Friday.
Saturday’s win over LSU-Alexandria (0-3) was Wayland’s second in three days, following an 83-70 triumph over Jarvis Christian on Thursday.
We looked, sounded and felt like a different team than we were on Thursday,” Coach Cooper said. “We had great energy from our team captains the last two days. We were happy with our performance Thursday night at Jarvis. Angel, Kaylee and Jenna pushed the team the last two days to work as one unit and execute the offense. They did a great job creating a team-first attitude at practice (Friday) and that showed on the court today with our best offensive performance of the year.
“It is great to have strong leadership. These girls really brought it this weekend.”
Wayland led the Generals 27-12 after the first period. LSU-Alexandra played the Queens even in the second and outscored them four in the third, but WBU finished off the home team by outscoring them 26-16 in the final 10 minutes for the 21-point victory.
Wayland held a 42-27 rebounding edge, including 14 offensive boards. Cooper and Fapou Semebene had eight rebounds apiece, and Kaylee Edgemon and Kaitlyn Edgemon grabbed seven each. Cooper also had eight assists, four steals and two blocks. Semebene contributed four of Wayland’s nine blocks.