Queens now ranked 17th after winning 5 of last 6 games

Will Barnes
Sports Editor

Since last semester, the Flying Queens have been hard to top, winning the last 5 of their 6 games. Their record has improved to an impressive mark of 11-3 with a conference record of 4-1.

The Queens began with a 78-55 beating of Hannibal LaGrange on December 19. Vanita Wright and Rachel Smith led the Queens with 13 points, while Wright grabbed a team high 8 rebounds.

Houston Baptist came to town on December 29, winning nothing but a long bus trip home after the Queens dealt them a 71-61 defeat. Smith again was the top scorer with 17, and Stephanie Shaw pulled down 9 rebounds.

The Queens started off 2004 the right way, with a big win over rival Lubbock Christian on January 3. The Lady Chaps led by a large margin for most of the game, but relinquished the lead to Wayland in the final seconds after a pair of Jill Stout free throws. Stout tallied 20 points and Wright owned the glass, grabbing 13 rebounds in the huge 74-72 win over Lubbock Christian.

The next stop for the Queens was at Oklahoma Baptist, where the team ran away with a 71-61 victory. Stout hit a season high with 26 points, while the 5’8” Shaw totaled 11 rebounds.

The following game wasn’t pretty, as the Flying Queens got bounced 63-92 by a tough John Brown team. Shaw led all scorers with 19, with Wright totaling 5 rebounds.

Northwestern Oklahoma State came to the Hutch on January 15 looking for their first conference win, but the Queens sent them packing with a final score of 62-57. Jennifer Doherty and Crystal Morton came off of the bench on fire as they jointly led the team with 11 points each. Shaw and Nikki Wallace, both guards, grabbed 8 rebounds apiece as the Flying Queens dominated the Lady Rangers.

Most recently, the Queens hosted the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, and came away with a 72-64 victory. Shaw again led with 19 points and Wright continued her inside dominance with 8 rebounds.

The next home game for the Flying Queens will be January 29 at 6:00 in the Hutch against Oklahoma Christian.