Lady Cougars Cruise to Win in AMC Opener
WALNUT RIDGE, AR -- The Columbia College women's basketball team posted a 58-36 road victory over Williams Baptist (Ark.) College in the American Midwest Conference (AMC) regular season opener for both teams on Thursday night. The Lady Cougars improve to 8-5 overall on the year, while the Lady Eagles drop 7-6.
Columbia wasted little time in taking control of the first half, racing out to a 21-0 lead after just over seven minutes of play. The two teams scored 13 points each over the remainder of the period as the Lady Cougars took a 34-13 advantage into the locker room. Columbia connected on 52 percent of their attempts from the field in the opening frame, including five of nine from three-point range, and held Williams Baptist to just six of 25 shooting (24 percent).
Despite a slow start to the second half, the Lady Cougars never allowed the Lady Eagles to get closer than 15 over the final 20 minutes as they moved to 1-0 in the AMC for the fifth straight year. Columbia finished the game shooting 41 percent from the floor (24 for 59) and also owned a 43-36 advantage on the glass.
Senior Lily Abreu led four Lady Cougars in double figures with 14 points. Julie Teeple and Heather English added 12 points apiece and Brooke Godsey chipped in 10. Teeple also pulled down 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the year.
Chasity Hamilton finished with eight points to lead the Lady Eagles.
Columbia returns home to face the Pirates of Park (Mo.) University on Saturday, January 5th in their conference home opener. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. in the Arena of Southwell Complex.