The Williams Baptist University women’s basketball team will be the fifth seed in next week’s American Midwest Conference Tournament after a 79-62 loss to Lindenwood University-Belleville in the final game of the regular season. The game was played in Belleville, Ill.

Tasia Bland led the Lady Eagles with 17 points. She added nine rebounds, two steals, two assists and one block while playing the whole game.

Taylor Freeman and Katie Ferguson each scored 12 points. Freeman added four rebounds, two assists and one steal while Ferguson grabbed two rebounds and one assist. Tia Brazell scored eight points, while Kate Junkersfeld finished with five. Melanie McKuin and Ashlyn Ellis each scored four while McKuin grabbed eight rebounds.

WBU will play at William Woods University on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Lady Eagles lost both regular season meetings with the Owls.

Harris-Stowe

Bland and McKuin each recorded double-doubles to lead the Lady Eagles to a 65-56 victory over Harris-Stowe State University on Thursday night. Williams trailed 29-23 at halftime before outscoring the Hornets 23-18 in the third quarter to cut the lead down to one going into the final 10 minutes. Williams outscored HSSU 19-9 on its way to a nine-point victory.

Bland scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while grabbing 14 rebounds. She also blocked two shots and swiped one steal. McKuin recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. She also finished with a game-high six steals. The 11 rebounds tied a career-high for the senior. Brazell also reached double digits in scoring with 14 points.

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