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Cougars Win Streak Snapped at Williams Baptist

Abby Backes

Walnut Ridge, Ark. – The Columbia College women’s basketball team had its nine-game win streak snapped in an 89-68 loss at Williams Baptist University Saturday at the Southerland-Mabee Center in Walnut Ridge, Ark.
After trailing by seven (44-37) at half, Williams Baptist outscored Columbia 30-8 in the third quarter. The Eagles hit 15-of-16 (93.8 percent) from the free-throw line in the win.
Williams Baptist won its fifth-straight game to improve to 16-4 (9-2 AMC), while Columbia dropped to 18-4 (10-2 AMC).
Delaney Horstman and Mallory Shetley each scored 17 points for Columbia, which shot 38.2 percent (26-68) from the field and had a season-high 22 turnovers.
Lexi Miller came off the bench and nailed her first three-pointer to put Columbia up 14-11, and then she drilled another trey to make it 23-20. The Cougars led 23-22 after the opening 10 minutes of play in a quarter that saw five ties.
The Cougars scored the first 10 points of the second quarter behind threes from Abby Backes and Miller and pushed the advantage to double figures (33-22). Horstman scored eight-straight points midway through the second and pushed the lead to 41-27.
Williams Baptist scored the final six points of the second quarter to trim the Cougar advantage to 44-37 at half. Horstman led Columbia with 12 points while Miller added nine. The Cougars shot 47.4 percent (18-38) from the field in the first half, including 7-of-12 from three-point range.
Columbia had four turnovers in the first three minutes of the third quarter and Williams Baptist responded with eight-straight points to take a 45-44 lead. The Eagles extended the run to 17-2 as the Williams Baptist lead grew to 54-46. Columbia missed its first nine shots from the field in the third quarter and trailed 65-51 after three.
Williams Baptist scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 73-52.
Sara Crowe (25), Charmen Taylor (22), Kaylee Clark (18) and Carmen Taylor (13) scored in double figures for Williams Baptist, who dominated the points in the paint 44-24.
The Cougars return home to host Missouri Baptist on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m.
NOTES: Columbia leads the all-time series with Williams Baptist 48-3, and the Eagles snapped a six-game losing streak to the Cougars … Williams Baptist is 10-1 at home this season … MacKenzie Hess tied a career high with 11 rebounds.

This article is provided by Columbia Cougar Athletics