Freshman scores her first points in Columbia College basketball win

Monday, November 7, 2011 | 9:36 p.m. CST; updated 11:37 p.m. CST, Monday, November 7, 2011

COLUMBIA — Welcome to college basketball, Tierney Seifert. 

In her third game for the Columbia College women's basketball team, Seifert scored her first basket, a no-doubt 3-pointer, in the Cougars' 71-53 victory against Lyon College Monday night at Southwell Complex.

"It definitely felt really good," Seifert said. "My shots just weren’t falling the first two games and it was really frustrating, but once that first shot fell in, I was just so happy."

The 5-foot-6 guard quickly went into defense mode to stop the Pipers.

"The position she plays, scoring is not what is important, but I think it was good for her," Cougars coach Mike Davis said. "I was happy for her to get that done."

Seifert went on to score five more points, coming off another 3-pointer and two free throws. Her family was there to cheer her on, including her dad, a former basketball player and coach.

Kenny Seifert played at Sullivan College in Kentucky and coached at Moberly Area Community College. He is now the Athletic Director at Moberly High School, where Tierney Seifert starred for the Spartans. Her sister, who attends Missouri Southern University, also attended the game.

While she admits college basketball is a lot quicker pace, Tierney Seifert said she thinks she is adjusting to all of college just fine.

"It's lot different than high school," Seifert said. "But the girls are great, and I just love being out here, it's a lot different, tougher, but I'm handling it pretty well."

Monday's victory follows an 78-72 overtime win for the Cougars on Sunday at Missouri Valley College.

Columbia College, 3-0 and No. 18 in the preseason NAIA rankings, will try to keep its winning streak going in a game against Avila University at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Arena at Southwell Complex.

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