Columbia College women's basketball starts with win

Saturday, December 29, 2012 | 7:59 p.m. CST; updated 8:53 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 29, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Columbia College women’s basketball team kicked off play in the Cougars vs. Cancer Classic with an 82-52 victory over AIB College of Business (Iowa) tonight. The Cougars improve to 6-5 on the year with the win, while the loss drops AIB to 1-11.

Columbia held a commanding 51-23 lead at the half after shooting 51 percent from the field and draining six three-pointers, including three from Tierney Siefert.  The Cougars also held the advantage on the boards, pulling down 29 compared with AIB's 16.  

Senior Lily Abreu’s 16 points led all scorers for the contest. Aqua Corpening also finished in double figures with 13 points.  Brooke Godsey and Kayla Washington had eight and seven rebounds, respectively, while Washington also added four blocks.  Seifert dished out five assists and had six steals.

In the earlier game, No. 16 ranked William Woods University defeated St. Gregory’s (Okla.) University 65-51. 

The Cougars and the rest of the field wrap up play in the tournament Sunday. William Woods and AIB College of Business will square off at 2 p.m. Columbia faces St. Gregory’s at 6 p.m. Both games will be at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

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