Columbia College women's basketball team readies for NAIA tournament

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 10:33 p.m. CDT; updated 11:08 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Columbia College guard Tierney Seifert, left, hugs Columbia College forward Julie Teeple after beating William Woods University to win the American Midwest Conference Tournament championship March 4.

COLUMBIA — Columbia College’s women’s basketball team will finish its season in the NAIA national tournament for the fifth straight year. 

The Cougars will have to win five games in seven days to be crowned NAIA Division I National Champions. But first, they will have to beat the Shawnee State Bears.

Wednesday's game

NAIA national tournament first round
Columbia College (27-6) vs. Shawnee State (23-9)

WHEN: 10:15 a.m.
WHERE: Frankfort Convention Center, Frankfort, Ky.

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The fourth-seeded Cougars will play the fifth-seeded Bears in the 32-team tournament at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday in Frankfort, Ky.

The Cougars, the American Midwest Conference champions, enter the tournament with a 27-6 record. Columbia College beat William Woods 91-83 on March 4 at the Southwell Complex to earn the AMC tournament title. The Cougars were down by 13 against the Owls but rallied behind a 28-point performance by Lily Abreu. Heather English leads the Cougars in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game.

Shawnee State (23-9), from Portsmouth, Ohio, made the tournament with an at-large bid from the Mid-South Conference, after finishing fourth in the regular season.   

Wednesday's winner will play the winner of Oklahoma City University and Central Methodist University at 10:45 a.m. Friday.

Supervising editor is Grant Hodder.

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