Lady Cougars Victorious in Season-Opener
COLUMBIA -- The Columbia College Lady Cougar basketball earned a season-opening victory tonight over visiting Oklahoma Baptist University by the score of 71-61. The Lady Cougars move to 1-0 on the year, winning their first game for the third consecutive season.
Despite being outrebounded 34-22 in the opening period, Columbia jumped out to a 39-24 halftime lead. Aqua Corpening and Lily Abreu led the way with eight points each in the first half. The Cougars shot 35 percent from the field in the opening frame and limited the Bison to a 27 percent clip, while also forcing 14 turnovers on defense.
Corpening would pick up where she left off to start the second half, knocking down two three-pointers in the opening minutes to give Columbia a 21-point lead of 45-24. The Lady Cougars were outrebounded in the second period as well, but forced the Bison into 25 turnovers on the night to maintain a double-digit lead throughout the final 20 minutes.
Columbia finished with three players in double figures as Corpening, Abreu, and Heather English each chipped in 14 points apiece. Corpening led the Lady Cougars with five rebounds and Tierney Siefert contributed seven points and four assists to the winning effort. English led all players with five steals for the game.
Bretlin Gabelmann led Oklahoma Baptist with 12 points.
The Lady Cougars are off tomorrow before returning to the court on Saturday, November 3rd to take on the 18th ranked University of the Cumberlands. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. in the Arena of Southwell Complex.