From Williams Baptist College
Williams Baptist College men's and women's basketball teams both picked up victories in their first games of the 2011-12 season. A full house at the Southerland-Mabee Center watched as WBC took on Ecclesia College for Homecoming/Parents Day.
The Lady Eagles (1-0) pulled away in the final five minutes to seal an 84-60 victory over the Lady Royals. Williams was led by All-American forward Kala Tyus, who netted 21 points on 69 percent shooting from the field. Tyus also chipped in with six rebounds.
Williams outrebounded Ecclesia by eight, 45-37. Olivia Morris led the Lady Eagles with ten boards. WBC finished the game shooting 51 percent from the field, while holding Ecclesia to 31 percent.
The ladies jump back on the court Tuesday at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. Their next home game will be Saturday, Nov. 12, against Mid-Continent University at 4 p.m.
Coach Josh Austin won his first game in charge of the Eagles (1-0), rallying to edge the Royals 53-52. It was a defensive competition the whole way, and WBC was able to hold on for the one point victory.
Williams was led by all-conference athlete Wes Livingston, who finished with 16 points. Livingston made five of his ten shots and added five rebounds and four assists. Following Livingston was All-American Kyle Harvey, who contributed 13 points and five rebounds.
WBC had to come back from a six point half-time deficit. After only scoring 16 points in the first half, Williams scored 37 in the second period. The Eagles improved their shooting considerably in the second half—from 22 percent in the first stanza, to 52 percent in the second.
The Eagles will also travel to Blue Mountain College on Tuesday, which starts a five game road swing. They play at home again on Dec. 6, hosting Lyon College at 7:30 p.m.