Columbia College women's basketbal team wins conference opener

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 9:50 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Columbia College women's basketball team beat Park University 83-74 on Thursday night in its American Midwest Conference opener at Southwell Complex.

The Cougars (11-6) had runs of 12-0 and 10-1 to build a 41-32 halftime advantage. Free-throw shooting helped Columbia College stay ahead in the second period, and the Cougars made 29 of their 35 attempts while sending the Pirates to the line just 16 times.


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Airelle Eldridge led Columbia College with 20 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Heather English had 18 points and three steals, while Julie Teeple posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Tierney Seifert scored 10 points and made five assists. Oasha White led the Pirates (11-3) with 23 points.  

Columbia College plays next at 2 p.m. Saturday at Stephens College.

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