17th-Ranked Columbia Too Much for Stars in 113-42 WinStephens bounced back from a 40-3 deficit and finished with two players in double figures: Neal (17) & McCoy (10)
Jan. 16, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. – (Box Score) On a night when Columbia College outshined the Stars 113-41, the Stephens College basketball team never threw in the towel and finished the game with two players in double figures.
Additionally, the Stars were 88.2 percent from the free throw line on Thursday (Jan. 16) after hitting on 15-of-17 attempts.
The 17th-ranked Lady Cougars couldn’t miss in the earlygoing. Following a Dana Heggemann two-pointer, the home team rattled off 36 straight points to jump out to a 40-3 lead. The Stars were without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes before they made a run of their own. Sophomore guard Seleena Neal hit a pair of 3-pointers, followed by a Mary Harris trey to bring the game to 40-12.
Tied for first place in the AMC standings at 12-4 and a perfect 8-0 in league played, Columbia continued to hit the open shots and took a 62-19 lead into halftime. The Lady Cougars shot lights out in the first half (68.6 percent) compared to the Stars at 26.1 percent.
Both team’s shooting percentages came down a notch after the break, but the nationally-ranked Cougar squad still posted 51 second-half points and reached the century mark with 3:35 remaining. At the final buzzer, Columbia had nearly double the Stars’ rebound total, 54-28.
Stephens was led by Seleena Neal, who played all 40 minutes and finished with 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting. She was 3-of-8 from beyond-the-arc and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Joining Neal was senior Davielle McCoy, who recorded back-to-back games in double figures for the first time in her career. Before fouling out, the LaMonte, Mo., native notched 10 points and four rebounds. McCoy was also a flawless 4-for-4 at the free-throw line.
Stars’ guard Mary Harris reached a milestone in the first half when she hit her first career 3-pointer. In addition to her three points, the Wichita, Kan. freshman recorded a career-high three steals. Dana Heggemann and Michaella Sandy rounded out the scoring with six and five points, respectively.
The Stephens College basketball team (0-13, 0-7 AMC) will return home on Saturday to face previously-ranked William Woods (11-5, 4-4 AMC) at 2 p.m.