COLUMBIA — Stephens College guard Seleena Neal couldn’t see it yet, dribbling the ball a step behind the burgundy half-court line of Silverthorne Arena, but she was in trouble.
On the opposite side of half court, a pair of Columbia College defenders — guards Tierney Seifert and Ashley Fisher — crouched in defensive stances, coy lions waiting for their prey to get just close enough. When Neal finally did cross the burgundy line, Seifert and Fisher sprinted toward the Stars ballhandler, who picked up her dribble in a sudden panic.
A second later, Seifert snatched the ball from Neal, then flipped it ahead to Fisher for an easy two. The uncontested layup, two of Fisher’s 10 points on the night, put Columbia College ahead of Stephens College 10-0.
The lead grew monumentally. By the time the first-half buzzer sounded, Columbia College led 57-8.
The Cougars went on to win 108-31.
The result, though lopsided, was not unexpected. The No. 12 Cougars (21-5, 17-1 American Midwest Conference) came into the game tied for first in the AMC, while Stephens College (1-23, 1-17) was tied for last.
“I’m really happy with our 25 assists tonight,” Columbia College coach Mike Davis said after the game. “We’ve really done a good job sharing the ball over our last few games.”
With the win, Columbia College is guaranteed to maintain its first-place position in the AMC.
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