Turner, Austin lead Bruins past Mexico

Wednesday, February 9, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:20 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team defeated the Mexico Bulldogs 66-36 on the road Tuesday night to pick up its fifth straight victory.

Senior Terrell Turner led the Bruins (20-3) with 18 points, and junior Alex Austin scored 11. Brett Gifford, a 6-9 center, dominated on the defensive end, pulling down nine rebounds and collecting seven blocks.

Jordan Hatfield led the Bulldogs with 17 points.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE: The Columbia College women’s basketball team moved up two spots in this week’s NAIA poll to No. 14.

Vanguard (Calif.) University (21-2) holds the No. 1 spot.

The Cougars are 22-5 and undefeated in the American Midwest Conference at 9-0.

Columbia College’s Lisa Kowalewski has been named AMC Player of the Week. The 5-foot-9 senior guard averaged 27 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the Cougars’ two wins, against McKendree and Hannibal-LaGrange.

Kowalewski became the Cougars’ all-time leading scorer, with 1,887 points, during last week’s game against Hannibal-LaGrange.

The Cougars’ next game is 7 p.m. Saturday when they take on the Harris-Stowe Hornets in St. Louis.

CHICAGO NABS WNBA TEAM: A group of schoolchildren took over half of the basketball court under the bright lights of the UIC Pavilion, running drills with Tamika Catchings, Ruth Riley and a couple of other WNBA stars.

Pretty soon the rest of Chicago is going to get an up close and personal look at the WNBA.

The league awarded an expansion team to Chicago on Tuesday, giving the WNBA its 14th team and returning women’s professional basketball to the home of the Chicago Hustle. The team will begin play in 2006 at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion.

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