Statesmen Drop Exhibition Against Augustana

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

Sioux Falls, S.D.–The William Penn women’s basketball team battled well for two quarters of the game, but faced struggles in the other two periods as it fell 94-54 against NCAA Division II Augustana in exhibition play Tuesday.

The Statesmen used the matchup as a chance to give extended minutes to some bench personnel and several individuals stepped up, including Shamiah Oliver (Jr., Chicago, Ill., Education), who recorded a team-high 16 points. The junior hit four three-pointers in the contest.

The navy and gold fell behind 27-12 after the opening 10 minutes of play, but had a great showing in the second stanza, being outscored just 19-18 to trail 46-30 at intermission.

The Vikings rolled in the third quarter to put it away, while the final 10 minutes again showed a tough-willed Statesmen crew as the visitors lost the quarter by just one point, 21-20.

At game’s end, William Penn was outshot 44.6%-35.6%, while narrowly losing the rebounding battle, 40-39. The team’s ultimate undoing came with its 29 turnovers, which were converted into 36 points by AU. The hosts also connected on 14 three-pointers.

Tyra Johnson (Jr., Calumet City, Ill., Undecided) knocked down all four shots she attempted en route to eight points. Sham Troupe (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) and Jenna Santi (Jr., Oak Creek, Wis., Elementary Education), who dished out eight assists, both added six points as well Tuesday.

“We had some good production from our bench tonight, but we still need more players to buy into our system and understand the effort needed to play at a high level,” Head Coach Steve Williamson said.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Lawrence, Kan. next Tuesday to face Haskell Indian Nations in non-conference action at 5:30 p.m.

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