Flying Queens prevail in final tune-up for conference

No. 8 WBU heads into SAC play undefeated

Flying Queens prevail in final tune-up for conference


photo: Claudia Lusk


Wayland Baptist jumped out to a double-digit, first-quarter lead, and the No. 8 Flying Queens went on to dispatch of the Our Lady of the Lake Saints in Hutcherson Center Saturday afternoon, 78-56.

In the final game of the 2021 Queens Classic and the last tune-up prior to the start of conference play, Jenna Cooper put in 22 points to lead Wayland (6-0), while Kaylee Edgemon and Angel Hayden added 16 and 10 points, respectively. Kaitlyn Edgemon added eights and was one of three Flying Queens with six rebounds, along with Cooper and Fapou Semebene. Cooper also had six assists, while Ashlyn Shelley had five. Semebene had a team-high four steals.

OLLU (1-4) was still within shouting distance at the half, trailing 37-26. But Wayland began pulling away in the third when the Flying Queens outscored the visitors from San Antonio, 25-13, and assume a 23-point lead.

WBU’s largest lead was 26 midway through the fourth in what became the Queens’ 1,701st win. Wayland marked the milestone 1,700th victory over No. 23 Loyola (La.) on Thursday, 76-71. OLLU fell on Friday to Loyola, 68-58.

Cooper, who scored a dozen in the first quarter, hit four 3s as the Queens went 9-of-23 (39 percent) from distance, compared to OLLU’s 5-of-23 performance.

Ten of the 12 Flying Queens scored.

The Saints were hurt by 29 turnovers; WBU had 19.

Wayland opens Sooner Athletic Conference play Thursday at home against Southwestern Christian (3-0), tipping at 6 p.m. The Eagles have defeated Baptist Bible (99-60), Southwestern (KS) (75-48) and Kansas Christian (91-51), while losing to Oklahoma Baptist (64-57) in an exhibition.

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