Second Half Surge Leads Lady Cougars to Win Over William Woods
COLUMBIA -- The Lady Cougar basketball team defeated American Midwest Conference rival William Woods University 85-64 in a battle between NAIA Top 25 teams. Columbia, ranked No. 24, improves to 16-5 overall and 9-0 in AMC play with the win, their 12th straight dating back to December 18th. The loss drops the Lady Owls, ranked No. 20, to 16-3 and 7-2 in the league.
The Lady Cougars were able to grab a 32-28 lead at the halftime break after a last-second layup by Kayla Washington beat the buzzer to end the period. Senior Julie Teeple had 12 points and six rebounds in the opening frame for Columbia, who shot 44 percent from the field in first half.
After a competitive first period, Columbia would take control over the final 20 minutes with the help of a 17-2 run midway through the second half to put the game out of reach at 66-40. The Lady Cougars led by as much 28 at the 5:59 mark and shot 63 percent, including six of 11 from three-point range, over the final frame on their way to the blowout victory. Columbia finished the game shooting 50 percent from the floor, while outrebounding William Woods 45-36.
Junior Heather English led the way for the Lady Cougars with 19 points on the day. Teeple finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, along with 16 points and 13 points from Tierney Seifert and Lily Abreu respectively. Sophomore Aqua Corpening dished out six of the Lady Cougars' 17 assists.
The Lady Owls were led by Priscila Santos with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds.
Columbia will return to action on Thursday, January 31st for a matchup with Williams Baptist College to kick off the second half of the conference season. The Lady Cougars defeated the Eagles 58-36 in the two teams' first meeting of the season on January 3rd. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Arena of Southwell Complex.