The Columbia College women's basketball team lost 62-56 to Shawnee (Ohio) State on Wednesday in the NAIA national tournament in Frankfort, Ky. The Cougars end their season at 27-7.
Columbia College trailed 36-26 at halftime, but used a 14-1 second-half run to forge a 48-47 advantage with 8:05 to play. After several more lead changes, the Bears made three free throws to move ahead 59-56 with 1:12 left then held the Cougars scoreless the rest of the game.
Columbia College forced 30 turnovers, but was outrebounded 47-36 by Shawnee State (24-9).
“We fought, kicked, and scratched,” Columbia College coach Mike Davis said. “We made an ugly game out of it out of it in the second half, and got ourselves right back into it."
Davis said Wednesday’s game came down to shooting. The Cougars did not make shots when they needed them, and the Cougars failed to advance.
“Interesting stat I always tell my team,” Davis said. “If you get more shots than the other team, you are going to win.”
Columbia College had 67 shots to Shawnee State's 46, but the Cougars shot just 31 percent from the field, while the Bears shot 41 percent.
Heather English led the Cougars with 20 points, while Julie Teeple had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Lily Abreu had 10 points and five assists. The Cougars' loss was just their second since Dec. 4.
Shawnee State was led by Schera Sampson (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Alex Pohl (12 points, 16 rebounds).