#12 Columbia Cruises to 77-Point Win Over StarsAfter shooting 0-for-5 in the first half, Seleena Neal went on to score 18 of the Stars' 23 second-half points
Feb. 20, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - (Box Score) - Similar to the first meeting between the two in-town NAIA schools, Columbia College (22-5, 18-1 AMC) again cruised to a commanding victory over the Stephens College basketball team (1-24, 1-18) on Thursday. The 12th-ranked Lady Cougars eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second time in a row defeating the Stars at Silverthorne Arena, 108-31.
Columbia nearly matched its program record for 3-point field goals made, which they tied earlier in the week against Mid-Continent (17). Against the Stars, the Lady Cougars drained 15 threes and were 46.9 percent from beyond-the-arc.
The Stars got off to a slow start as the nationally-ranked Columbia squad opened with a 10-0 run. Freshman forward Michaella Sandy gave the Stars their first basket at the 14:30 mark, however the team’s next field goal didn’t arrive for another 13 minutes. Senior Jenna Zmyslony picked off an errant pass and took it the length of the court for a fast-break layup and the Stars’ second basket of the half.
Columbia took a 57-8 lead into halftime behind the strong play of guards Heather English and bench player Danielle Duncan, who combined for 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting (.785). For the half, the Lady Cougars were 53.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range, while Stephens shot a mere 7 percent overall on 2-of-27 shooting.
After an off first half, Stephens sophomore Seleena Neal opened the second period with a 3-pointer just 13 seconds into the half.
The Lady Cougars continued their hot shooting throughout the second half and finished the game at 52.7 percent. In addition to a strong night shooting, Columbia played a clean game with only eight turnovers and sent the Stars to the free-throw line just three times.
Stephens improved its shooting percentage in the second half (.257), yet still ended the night at 17.7 percent.
Neal led the Stars in scoring with 19 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double. The sophomore sank four 3s in the second half to go along with a pair of steals and an assist.
Earlier Thursday, the Stars were awarded a victory against Harris-Stowe State from their Jan. 23 meeting at Silverthorne Arena. Playing with an ineligible player from Jan. 9 – Feb. 13, the Hornets were required to forfeit 12 games, which included victories over Mid-Continent, Hannibal-LaGrange, Missouri Baptist, Benedictine-Springfield and Stephens.
On Saturday, the Stars will travel to nearby Fulton, Mo. for a 2 o’clock meeting with the William Woods Owls. The last time out, WWU defeat the Stars, 82-46.