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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Maci Merket and Jada Riley scored 16 points apiece while Kambrey Blakey and Kendrick Clark put in 16 each as No. 5 Wayland Baptist rallied from behind to post a 79-59 Sooner Athletic Conference win over Bacone College here Saturday afternoon.
The win came on the heels of back-to-back losses for the Flying Queens (10-2, 4-1 SAC), who after falling to No. 3 Campbellsville, Ky., in Hawaii before Christmas bowed to No. 19 John Brown in Arkansas on Thursday, 74-62.
Against Bacone (10-4, 2-3), which had won its last three games after a three-point loss to No. 8 Oklahoma City, Wayland trailed by as many as seven points and were down 34-30 at halftime but outscored the Lady Warriors in the third quarter, 30-12, to take control.
The Flying Queens scored 20 unanswered points over the final 2½ of the third quarter and the first minute of the fourth, expanding a 48-46 lead to 66-46. WBU's largest lead was 25 points.
Wayland stepped up its defense in the second half, holding Bacone to just 28 percent shooting (9-of-32), including 1-of-9 from 3-point range. The Lady Warriors hit just 15-of-28 (54 percent) of their free throws, where the Flying Queens also struggled by going 15-of-25 (60 percent). WBU made 6-of-17 3s (35 percent) and shot 44 percent overall from the field.
The 15 points were a career-high for Blakey, eclipsing the first-year transfer's previous best of 10 in the season-opener.
Blakey and Merket pulled down eight rebounds each, while Riley had five along with five assists and four steals. Nina Sato was credited with five blocks, half of the career-best 10 she tallied against Campbellsville.
Wayland committed 23 turnovers while Bacone had 29.
The Lady Warriors got 21 points from Cierra Miles and 17 from Alyssa Springs.