Posted: Mar 1, 2013 9:01 PM
Updated: Mar 1, 2013 10:23 PM
COLUMBIA - The 15th-ranked Lady Cougar basketball team used a big second half performance to defeat Williams Baptist (Ark.) College 68-40 on Friday night in the semifinal round of the American Midwest Conference (AMC) postseason tournament. Columbia, the tournament's top overall seed, improves to 26-6 overall on the year and advances to the tournament championship game for the fourth straight year. The Lady Eagles end the season with an overall record of 17-15.
The Lady Cougars trailed 3-2 early on in the first half, but used an 11-0 run to grab a 10-point lead at the 12:46 mark of the opening frame. Williams Baptist would pull within one at 16-15 before Columbia stretched their lead back out to seven at 28-21 to end the period. Junior Heather English led the Lady Cougars at the halftime break with 12 points.
Columbia would extend its lead out to double-digits for much of the second half and go on a 15-2 spurt midway through on their way to the blowout victory, outscoring the Lady Eagles 40-19 over the final 20 minutes. The Lady Cougar defense played a big role throughout the night, holding Williams Baptist to 23 percent shooting from the field while also owning a 53-42 advantage on the boards.
Senior Julie Teeple led four Columbia players in double figures with 16 points. English added 16 points to go along with 13 points from Tierney Seifert and 10 from Lily Abreu. Junior Brooke Godsey added a game-high 12 rebounds for the Lady Cougars.
Columbia will be back in action on Monday, March 4th to host 23rd-ranked William Woods (Mo.) University in the AMC tournament championship game. The Lady Owls defeated Lyon (Ark.) College 83-69 in Friday's other semifinal matchup. The Lady Cougars swept William Woods during the regular season, including an 85-64 victory back on January 26th in Columbia. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Arena of Southwell Complex.