MO State HS Sports

Cougars Start 2-0 for 10th-Straight Season

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Canton, Mo. – DeLaney Horstman and Mackenzie Hess scored in double figures to lead the Columbia College women’s basketball team to a 62-49 win at Culver-Stockton College Friday in game two of the Atrium on Third Classic in Canton.
Horstman just missed a double-double with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Hess had 10 points and four boards.  Allison Stiers filled up the stat sheet with six points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Columbia improved to 2-0 with the win, while Culver-Stockton dropped its season opener and fell to 0-1. The Cougars are off to a 2-0 start for the 10th-straight season.
The Cougars held Culver-Stockton to 25.4 percent (15-59) shooting in the win, including 5-of-22 from beyond the arc.
Columbia limited Culver-Stockton to 1-of-9 shooting early in the contest and jumped out to an early 10-3 lead. Hess drilled a corner three to ignite a 7-0 run to end the quarter and extend the Cougar lead to 17-5. Columbia limited Culver-Stockton to 14.3 percent (2-14) shooting in the first quarter.
Stiers hit a deep three from the wing to push the advantage to 22-7, and Mya Miller scored the final two buckets off the bench as the Cougars led 32-13 at half. Horstman had eight points, while Hess added seven. The Wildcats hit just 3-of-27 (11.1 percent) from the field in the opening half.
Back-to-back threes by Hess and Abby Backes extended the lead to 40-18 with 8:01 left in the third quarter. Columbia outscored Culver-Stockton 18-15 in the third quarter and took a 50-28 lead into the fourth. Horstman led the Cougars with six points in the quarter.
Culver-Stockton cut the lead down to 16 (53-37) with less than six minutes to play, but buckets by Lexi Miller and Mallory Shetley got the lead back to 20.
Whynter Waterhouse-Brennan (13 points) and Katie Webb (13 points, 10 rebounds) scored in double figures for Culver-Stockton, who hit 14-of-16 from the free-throw line.
The Cougars take on Missouri Valley College on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. in its final game in the Atrium on Third Classic. Missouri Valley won its season opener over Hannibal LaGrange 88-60 on Friday.
NOTES: Columbia has won four all-time meetings between the two teams … The Cougars have limited opponents to 28.0 percent (30-118) shooting in two wins this season.

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