Cooper’s 37 power No. 9 Flying Queens

Cooper's 37 power No. 9 Flying Queens

source: wbuathletics.com

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WAXAHACHIE – Jenna Cooper poured in a career-high 37 points to power No. 9 Wayland Baptist to an 89-71 victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God University here Saturday afternoon.
 
“I’m really excited about our offensive performance today. We are really scoring well,” WBU coach Jason Cooper said. “We are a tough match-up and have so many players who can score. Today, Jenna really got hot and the girls did a great job of getting her the ball in position to score.”
 
In their final game of the first half of the Sooner Athletic Conference schedule, the league-leading Flying Queens (18-2, 10-1 SAC) had little trouble against the Lady Lions (6-12, 3-9), leading 28-11 after the first period when Cooper scored 15 points.
 
WBU’s largest lead was 25 midway through the third. The Lady Lions went on a 13-2 run to pull to within nine, 75-66, with 3:33 left in the game, but Cooper fended off the late threat by scoring the next eight points – two free throws and back-to-back 3s – and getting a steal.
 
A theft by Kaitlyn Edgemon and a block by Cooper led to a pair of layups by Angel Hayden, and just like that the Queens were back up by 18.
 
“When we got down to crunch time it was Big Edge who really stepped up and set some great screens for Jenna and had a huge assist on her last 3,” Coach Jason Cooper said.
 
Cooper ended with seven 3-pointers (7-of-13) and was 14-of-23 from the field as she surpassed her previous-best scoring total of 25 earlier this season against LSU-Alexandria. The junior forward also recorded nine rebounds and six assists.
 
The 35 points were the most by a Flying Queen since Jade Jones scored 46 points – just three short of matching the program record – during a 100-72 win over John Brown University on Jan. 7, 2017.
 
Cooper now has 974 career points, leaving her 26 shy of becoming the 52nd player in Queens history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

Kaitlyn and Kaylee Edgemon scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, and both ended with eight rebounds. Hayden pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds – two off her best –  as Wayland led in that department, 53-41, including 20 offensive boards.
 
“Kaitlyn and Kaylee really both had solid performances,” Coach Cooper said. “Angel put in a solid performance again and led us in rebounding, and she had a huge steal and layup late in the fourth that helped seal the deal.”
 
The Queens hit 10 3s – the fourth time this season they’ve reached double-digit treys – and 9-of-10 free throws.
 
SAGU was led in scoring by Autumn Moore, who came off the bench for 17. Jaycie Brisco logged a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
 
The Queens are back in action at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Hutcherson Center against Oklahoma-Panhandle State (4-9, 2-9), which fell to North Texas-Dallas on Saturday, 73-67, and to SAGU on Thursday, 80-54. WBU defeated OPSU on Dec. 7 in Goodwell, Okla., 83-40.

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