The Columbia College women’s basketball team shook off some of the winter break rust to beat the Brescia Bearcats 59-50 Tuesday night.
In their second game in the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic in Southwell Complex the Coug-ars kept their six-game home winning streak alive.
The win improves Cougars’ record to 13-4 overall.
Columbia senior Lisa Kowalewski dominated the game with 21 points and nine rebounds, keeping the Cougars alive during a rather weak first half.
While hitting only 10 of their 29 shots in the first half, the Cougars still did manage to keep the Bearcats from shooting from the inside. The Bearcats managed to only hit nine of the 35 shots they made in the first half.
Charity Croger made one 3-point shot and hit all four of her free throws to lead the Bearcats with seven points in the first half.
The teams were tied 30-30 at halftime.
“For some reason we were just playing an even game and could not break away,” Kowalewski said. “It all came down to our defense right up in the second half.”
“Coming out of the break we were just a little slow footed,” Columbia coach Mike Davis said. “Brescia has a good program and they have won a lot of games so we knew they were coming here to play tough.”
Davis said all it took was a little more defense to shut down the Bearcats from the outside in the second half.
“All we had to do was adjust how we were guarding them,” he said. “Once we got that, the rest just came.”
The Cougars came back after halftime with a vengeance, starting the second half with 12 unanswered points. Kowalewski once again led the charge. She added another three and a jump shot in the first six minuets of the second half to rally her team.
Junior Tilly Payne added to the run with a jump shot of her own. She had nine points and nine rebounds for the game.
Senior Christina Darcy led the Bearcats in points with 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Cougars will play at Park University Saturday at noon.