No. 9 Flying Queens dominate Aggies, 81-35

Kaitlyn, Jenna log double-doubles; Kaylee just misses but reaches 1,500 career points

No. 9 Flying Queens dominate Aggies, 81-35

source: wbuathletics.com

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On a night when Kaylee Edgemon hit a Flying Queen scoring milestone, Jenna Cooper and Kaitlyn Edgemon posted double-doubles and Kaylee fell one rebound short of it as that trio – plus Angel Hayden – led No. 9 Wayland Baptist to an 81-35 Sooner Athletic Conference blowout of Oklahoma-Panhandle State on Tuesday evening in Hutcherson Center.

Cooper – the reigning SAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Kaitlyn Edgemon got 11 points and 10 boards and Kaylee Edgemon 13 points and nine rebounds. Hayden wasn’t too bad, either, with 15 points, six rebounds and five steals, while Canton Moreno added nine points off the bench.

“Angel did a great job attacking the basket tonight. That really opens things up,” WBU coach Jason Cooper said.

It was the first double-double of the season for Cooper, who has one triple-double. She’s missed a double-double by just one rebound or one assist five times and has been two off (eight rebounds or eight assists in a game) an incredible 12 times.

Kaitlyn Edgemon now has five double-doubles on the season, including three of the last four games, and has missed three other double-doubles by one rebound. Kaylee just missed what would have been her second double-double.

Kaylee did, however, surpass the 1,500-point mark for her career, moving her into 11th place on the Flying Queens’ all-time scoring list with 1,509. Cooper, meanwhile, is now just nine points short of becoming the 52nd player in program history with 1,000 points.

Against a team they beat by 43 points earlier this season on the road, Wayland (19-2, 11-1 SAC) again had no trouble dispatching the Aggies (4-10, 2-10). The Queens led 27-8 after the first quarter then, after OPSU cut it to 14 in the second period, Wayland outscored the visitors from Goodwell, Okla., 19-7 in the third and 20-2 in the fourth. The Aggies made just 1-of-16 shots in the final 10 minutes.

For the game OPSU shot just 25 percent (15-of-58) from the field. It was the lowest scoring total for a Wayland opponent this season, surpassing the 39 points scored by Florida National University in mid-December in what was a 59-point romp.

“We stressed defensive focus a lot the past few days and it really showed tonight,” Coach Cooper said. “Sometimes when you are scoring a lot of points you forget that you have to get stops, too.  I felt like the girls really buckled down and made it a point to play solid defense.” 
 
The Queens played excellent defense while being called for just nine fouls. OPSU did not score from the free-throw line, missing all five of its foul shots.

WBU outrebounded the Aggies 60-35.

“I really loved our rebounding effort tonight. Outrebounding a team by 25 is huge,” Coach Cooper said.
 
The Queens are back on the road this weekend, first taking on Mid-America Christian (16-2, 9-2) at 6 p.m. Thursday in Oklahoma City. The Evangels, in second place in the SAC behind Wayland and ranked the equivalent of 29th in the NAIA, have won seven straight since losing two Wayland (77-68) and Science & Arts of Oklahoma (64-62) in a span of three games last semester. MACU has not lost at home this season.

Wayland winds up the week in Bethany, Okla., on Saturday afternoon against Southwestern Christian.

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