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Columbia College women's basketball beats Missouri Baptist

Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 9:48 p.m. CST; updated 11:39 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 17, 2011
Columbia College senior Kandace Cross catches a pass from a teammate during Thursday's game against Missouri Baptist.

COLUMBIA — The Columbia College women’s basketball team fought through Missouri Baptist’s endless full-court press to win 86-60 Thursday at the Southwell Complex, improving the Cougars’ record to 13-0.

“They pressed us the entire game, and we definitely aren’t used to seeing that,” Columbia College forward Amanda Phillips said. “We really struggled and ended up taking time off the clock trying to get across half-court.”

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Phillips ended the game with four points and snagged 11 rebounds.

However, Missouri Baptist’s consistent full-court press couldn’t contain Columbia College forward Ashley Fisher. She scored a game high 22 points and tied Phillips’ 11 rebounds.

“Coach constantly told us to find weak spots, and Missouri Baptist’s aggressive play inevitably led to weak spots,” Fisher said. “I just found those weak spots, and my teammates were able to get me the ball.”

The Cougars came out to play for the second half after a first half that looked as if it might have been anyone’s game.

“We didn’t change anything. We just talked about executing and getting the ball through the press,” Cougars' coach Mike Davis said. “It’s the same message I told them at the beginning of the year, and sometimes you just need to hear it more than once.”

The Cougars (13-0) play at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Harris-Stowe State University . The Cougars defeated Harris-Stowe State University 95-48 on Jan. 27 at the Southwell Complex.

 


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