Columbia Basketball falls to TWU Bulldogs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Columbia College women's basketball team lost a hard 78-64 point game Saturday afternoon at home against AAC opponent Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Columbia lead a 10-point gap with 3:37 seconds left in the first quarter but TWU closed the score managing to tie the game 6 times and switch the lead 5 times before pulling out ahead with a one-point lead of 33-32 at the end of the first half. Columbia was shooting for 38 percent in the field but even with the Bulldogs' 32 percent deficit, TWU simply outshot Columbia in 3-pointers landing 43 percent of their shots to snag the advantage before the half.

The TWU Bulldogs (6-7, 4-3 AAC) never gave up the lead again taking a 16-point lead in the second half while landing 3 devastating 3-pointers in a row with 60 percent shooting from 3-point territory and 50 percent in the field. Columbia maintained steady play but was simply outshot as TWU pulled ahead.

Although Columbia's (2-8, 1-6 AAC) second half numbers faltered to 30 percent in the field and 38 percent in 3-point territory during the second half they remained a threat in the game until the fourth quarter lead took away any hope of a comeback.

Although the loss was a disappointment, Coach Gregorich had only positive things to say, "We are 10 games into a new system with new staff and new players. We are finally starting to play together as a unit and although we came up short tonight it was against a very good team.".

Columbia College's Amber Sherrill (SO/Mooresville, NC) totaled 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the team in points.

Senior Briana Johnson (SR/Columbia, SC) played well with 17 points and 4 rebounds.

Columbia College will next play at Campbell on Thursday, December 29th, and again Tuesday, January 3rd in Waleska, GA against AAC rival Reinhardt University Eagles.

With 19 days until Columbia plays again, Coach Gregorich is ready for the challenge. "We are improving everyday. It's been a difficult start to the season no doubt, but we are excited to see what the next few months brings to our program.".

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