Posted: Nov 11, 2012 1:33 PM
COLUMBIA -- The Lady Cougar basketball team won on the road at Avila University on Saturday night by a score of 69-64. Columbia, ranked No. 21 in the NAIA Preseason Poll, improves to 2-2 on the year, while the Eagles fall to 0-2.
Both teams got off to a slow start to begin the first half before the Lady Cougars jumped out to a 13-2 lead and eventually took a 28-23 into halftime. The Columbia defense limited Avila to just 21 percent shooting (5 for 23) from the field and forced 15 turnovers in the opening period. Junior Heather English led the Lady Cougars with 10 points in the first 20 minutes.
Columbia would stretch their lead out to double figures twice in the second half, but the Eagles refused to let the game get too far out of reach. Avila pulled within four at 64-60 with two minutes to go in regulation, but the Lady Cougars put the game away at the free throw line down the stretch.
The Eagles owned a big advantage on the glass, outrebounding Columbia 48-29 for the game. However, Avila also committed 23 turnovers on the night and was held to just 32 percent shooting from the field and 4 of 22 (18 percent) from beyond the arc. The Lady Cougars shot nearly 40 percent from the field (21 for 53) and hit on 7 of 17 attempts (41 percent) from three-point range. Columbia dished out 16 assists as a team, including four each from Aqua Corpening and Corri Hamilton.
English led three Lady Cougars in double figures with 25 points. Lily Abreu chipped in 12 points off the bench and Brooke Godsey added 11.
Avila's Courtney Gimlin led all players with 26 points.
The Lady Cougars return home for a match-up with Robert Morris (Ill.) University on Monday, November 12th. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Southwell Complex.