WBC’s Halford nears milestone

(Walnut Ridge, Ark.) - The Williams Baptist College women had a 3-0 week, boosting their conference record and pushing head coach Carol Halford within striking distance of a career milestone. With three more wins, Halford will have 400 coaching victories.

"It's rewarding to see these achievements come along in your career, but right now our focus is on preparing for some tough conference opponents," said Halford. "We are hitting the heart of our AMC schedule with some really challenging games coming up, so that's what we are preparing for."

Her team did its part last week, notching three American Midwest Conference victories at home. The Lady Eagles downed Stephens on Tuesday, then won back-to-back contests with Park on Friday and Saturday.

Against Stephens, Olivia Morris had her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jessica Shepard had 17 points for the Lady Eagles, while Courtney Sublett scored 12. Stephens led at the half, 24-23, but WBC bounced back in the second stanza to secure the win, 58-52.

WBC trailed Park most of the way on Friday until Shepard hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final two minutes. Sublett then hit two free throws to ice the 63-60 victory. Shepard ended up with 19 points, and Sublett had 12. Jessica Broadway scored 15, while Morris had 12 rebounds and seven points. Park led at intermission, 35-28.

Williams had a much easier time of it on Saturday, facing Park for a second day in a row. Sublett led the way with 21 points as WBC cruised to the 84-62 win. Brittney Jones had 14 points, while Kim Sutterfield had 13 and Brittney Peet had 10. Williams led at the half, 38-24.

WBC is now 10-7 overall and 3-1 in the AMC.

Halford, who is in her 26th year at the helm of the Lady Eagles, now stands at 397 career victories. Her team plays on the road at William Woods on Tuesday, then returns to the Southerland-Mabee Center to take on Hannibal-LaGrange Thursday at 5:30 p.m. WBC plays at Missouri Baptist on Saturday.

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