The Columbia College women’s basketball team won 58-36 over Williams Baptist in the American Midwest Conference regular season opener for both teams on Thursday night in Walnut Ridge, Ark.
Columbia College wasted little time in taking control, racing out to a 21-0 lead after just seven minutes of play. The teams scored 13 points each over the rest of the period, and the Cougars took a 34-13 advantage into the locker room.
Columbia College connected on 52 percent of its attempts from the field in the opening frame, including a 5-of-9 mark from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Cougars held Williams Baptist to 24 percent shooting.
Despite a slow start to the second half, the Cougars never allowed the Eagles to get closer than 15 over the final 20 minutes. Columbia College finished shooting 41 percent from the floor and also owned a 43-36 rebounding advantage.
Senior Lily Abreu led four Cougars in double figures with 14 points. Julie Teeple and Heather English added 12 points apiece, and Brooke Godsey chipped in 10. Teeple also pulled down 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the year.
Chasity Hamilton finished with eight points to lead the Eagles (7-6).
Columbia (8-5) returns home to face Park (Mo.) University in its AMC home opener at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Arena of Southwell Complex.