By: Rhane Jeffress/Sports Information Director
Anastasia Okolo joined teammate Vanita Wright in the Flying Queens 1,000 Point Club in Wayland Baptist’s 59-40 win over John Brown University Thursday evening at Hutcherson Center.
Wright, who had a game-high 20 points, became the 40th member of the elite club last Saturday in the Queen’s game at Southern Nazarene University. On Thursday, Okolo made it 41 when she hit two free throws with just over one minute to play to give her 14 points in the game and 1,001 in her WBU career.
“I’m just so proud of both Anastasia and Vanita,” said Queens coach Tory Bryant after the game. “To score 1,000 points along with the 39 other names in that club in such a storied program is quite an honor and a testament to their hard work.”
The Queens started out slow in the game against John Brown. At one point, the WBU women had more turnovers, 6, than points, 5, and trailed the Golden Eagles by seven points, but they eventually turned things around, taking a 29-20 lead into the lockerroom at intermission.
“I thought the kids did a good job,” said Bryant. “We started off with a lack of intensity and that gave John Brown some life, but we fought through it and got back into things.
“I was especially proud of our defensive effort. To hold any team in this league to 40 points is remarkable, and our kids really did a good job on that end.
Our focus going in was to get the ball inside to Vanita tonight. When we played them up there, I didn’t think we did that enough, and tonight it paid off.”
The Queens outscored the Golden Eagles 32-18 in the paint and outrebounded JBU 42-33. Freshman point guard Megan Coats, who entered the night with a league-leading 15 point per game average, was held to just nine points, but was the game’s rebounding leader with eight boards.
Wayland converted 21 JBU turnovers into 20 points. Katie Benton led WBU with four steals. The senior guard also had six points and six boards.
The Flying Queens improved their record to 11-12 on the season and 6-9 in Sooner Athletic Conference play. JBU is 7-15 and 2-12.