Columbia women's basketball finishes tournament with win

Sunday, December 30, 2012 | 9:25 p.m. CST; updated 2:50 p.m. CST, Monday, December 31, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Columbia College women's basketball team finished play in the Cougars vs. Cancer Classic presented by Cost Cutters with an 83-68 victory over St. Gregory’s (Okla.) University Sunday. Columbia is 7-5 on the season with the win, while the loss drops Sr. Gregory's to 7-7.

Senior Lily Abreu, who was named MVP of the tournament, led four Columbia players in double figures with 17 points. Brooke Godsey notched her first double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Tierney Seifert and Heather English also had 16 and 13 points, respectively. Seifert hit four of nine tries from three-point range to help the Lady Cougars finish at 39 percent (7 for 18) on the night.

In Sunday’s first game, William Woods (Mo.) University defeated AIB College (Iowa) 66-57. The Lady Owls (9-1) received a double-double from Priscila Santos (22 points, 12 rebounds) and Katie Scherder chipped in 16 rebounds and seven assists.

Following the contest a five person all-classic team as well as an MVP was named. Members of the team include: from AIB, Megan Howard (23 points, eight rebounds, 11 steals), from St. Gregory’s Porsche Young (30 points, six rebounds, four assists, six steals) and from William Woods University, Priscila Santos (29 points, nine rebounds, three steals) and Katie Scherder (10 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, four steals). Columbia’s Siefert (25 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, seven steals) rounded out the team while Abreu (33 points, three rebounds, four assists, three steals) was named the Classic MVP.

Columbia will open American Midwest Conference (AMC) play at Williams Baptist (Ark.) College on Thursday, January 3rd. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Walnut Ridge, Ark.

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