Columbia Basketball runs out of time against St. Andrews

LAURINBURG, N.C. – Columbia College women's basketball team took home a close loss on Wednesday evening against the St. Andrews Knights 63-60.

Columbia initially lead the first quarter with a 5 point gain but came short closing the first half at a 33-21 point disadvantage while shooting only 22 percent to the Knights 35 percent from the field.

Opening the first half, the SAU Knights (3-4, 1-3 AAC) led 50-34 halfway through the third quarter yet Columbia came back to make a 23-8 point change to close the loss to a single point. However, the final Columbia effort was not enough and the Knights were able to clinch the victory ending the game 60-63 as SAU freshman forward Grace Epps blocked a final 3 point shot with 4 seconds remaining in the game.

Coach Gregorich commented, "We had a sluggish start scoring only 21 points in the first half but we fought like crazy in the 2nd half to tie the game after being down 16 points at one time; we just ran out of time."

Columbia's (2-5, 1-3 AAC) second half rally showed with 41 percent shooting from the field and an impressive 50 percent on three-points to outshine the SAU Knights in both categories.

Columbia College's Amber Sherrill (SO/Mooresville, NC) totaled 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists to lead the team's points.

Freshman Victoria Williams (FR/Orangeburg, SC) played well with 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.

Columbia College will next play at Point University this coming Saturday December 3rd, and again Wednesday December 7th in Dayton, TN against AAC rival Bryan College.