By Rhane Jeffress
The Flying Queens held St. Gregory’s University scoreless for almost eight minutes in the first half of Thursday evening’s basketball game at Hutcherson Center and went on to pick up their fifth Sooner Athletic Conference win of the season with a 78-61 victory over the Cavaliers.
It was sweet revenge for the Queens, who fell 68-63 to SGU in Shawnee, Okla. back on Dec. 1.
Trailing 15-12 at the 13:15 mark of the opening period, the Queens broke the game open with an 18-0 run over the next seven and a half minutes.
WBU, which led 43-27 at the half, shot 48 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, including six of ten from beyond the arch.
The Queens didn’t shoot as well in the second period, hitting just 36 percent of their shots from the field, and SGU managed to get back within nine at 58-49 with just over eight minutes showing on the clock.
WBU freshman guard Shelby Conrad took over from that point, scoring ten of her 13 second half points in the game’s final eight minutes.
Conrad, who hit four of seven three-pointers in the contest, had a career night with 23 points to lead all scorers. Megan Coats and Anastasia Okolo had 14 points each, and Katie Benton hit the double figure mark with 10 points. Vanita Wright kept up her conference-leading rebounding average with ten boards, and Coats recorded a career-high of her own with eight steals.
The Queens out-rebounded the Cavaliers 41-22 in the game, and converted 18 offensive rebounds into 24 second chance points, but committed 16 turnovers of their own.
“We just weren’t as focused tonight as we have been the last six games,” said Coach Tory Bryant, “but we’re still shooting the ball well, especially from the perimeter, and that’s what saved us tonight.”
Bryant’s team improved its record to 10-8 on the season and 5-5 in SAC play.