Lady Cougars Come From Behind For A Victory

4 years 10 months 3 weeks ago December 06, 2011 Dec 6, 2011 Tuesday, December 06 2011 Tuesday, December 06, 2011 9:26:00 PM CST in Basketball

OLATHE, KS - The Columbia College women's basketball squad came from behind Tuesday night to win on the road. The Lady Cougars defeated MidAmerica Nazarene University by a final score of 63-58. Columbia improves to 8-3 on the season while the Pioneers drop to 6-6 overall.

The Lady Cougars shot a dismal 29 percent from the field in the first half, including missing all nine attempts from beyond the arc. Columbia trailed 32-20 at the break.

Columbia turned it around in the second half, pulling out all the stops and stepping ahead late in the contest. The Lady Cougars forced the host squad into 16 turnovers and exploded for 43 second half points. Columbia drained seven three-pointers and shot 47 percent from the field to log the win.

Sophomore Heather English netted 22 points in the victory. Airelle Eldridge and Celeste Smith each chipped in 11 points while Julie Teeple finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Kristie Tiegreen led the Pioneers with 13 points.

In the first NAIA Top 25 Poll of the season, the Lady Cougars are ranked No. 20. Columbia was ranked No. 18 in the preseason poll. Oklahoma City University took over the top spot in the poll with all 12 first place votes and a 6-0 record to start the 2011-12 season. The Stars are followed by Union University in the No. 2 spot, Azusa Pacific in the third spot and Free-Hardeman and Lewis-Clark State rounding out the top five. American Midwest Conference (AMC) foe William Woods University fell out of the Top 25.

The Lady Cougars return to the court on Saturday, December 10th when they host No. 15 ranked University of the Cumberlands. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. in the Arena of Southwell Complex.

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