COLUMBIA — Coach Mike Davis described the Columbia College women's basketball team as "not a happy bunch."
Its 19-game winning streak ended Thursday morning with a 76-64 loss to Lubbock Christian University in the first round of the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Championships at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn.
"It was not what we came down here to do," David said. "Sixteen good teams are going home, and we're one of them."
Favored to win, No. 11 Columbia started the game behind 8-0. Halfway through the first half, the No. 22 Chaps stretched the lead to 16 points, 26-10.
"We were playing catch up, and that's a long shot," Davis said.
Time was running out and the Cougars needed a possession.
"It was late in the game and we were behind," Davis said. "Fouls were happening because we were pressing and needed to stop the clock."
But the Chaps shot 21 for 28 from the free-throw line, and shot 100 percentat the line in the first half.
The Cougars were 14 for 20 at the free-throw line.
"We didn't play as well, we didn't shoot as well," Davis said. "That puts you in a tough spot to win."
After missing a week of practice, freshman forward Ashley Fisher led the Cougars with 16 points and four rebounds. This was her first time back on the court since getting a bone contusion on her hip March 9 during practice.
"She's a tough kid," Davis said. "She stepped up to the challenge, played at a high level and took a charge or two."
A trio of Cougars scored in the double digits; Fisher, senior Denise Rosario with 14 points, and junior Amanda Phillips with 11 points.
"On the big stage you have to step up and take advantage of that," Davis said. "I don't think we did that today."