Columbia, S.C. - The Columbia College women's basketball team fell to the Truett-McConnell Bears, 74-64, in a close match-up on Wednesday evening.
Columbia started the scoring with a made free throw by Senior Alison Sobataka within the first minute, and another 2 points by freshman Victoria Williams just seconds later. Initially leading the first quarter with a 2 point advantage, Columbia left the first half at a 32-28 disadvantage.
Columbia came out strong in the second half, again starting the scoring with a free throw and 2 point shot from Victoria Williams, bringing the score to 32-31. A block by Sobataka and rebound by senior Erica LeBlanc got the ball back into play for the Koalas, with sophomore Amber Sherrll sinking another 2 points to put Columbia back in the lead, 33-32. Columbia fought to maintain the lead, but came short with a 49-43 deficit at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter showed Columbia's determination with shots from seniors Briana Johnson, Katie Kopp, and Alison Sobataka, sophomore Alana Weyer, and freshmen Morgan Varn, and Victoria Williams. However, this final effort was not enough and the Bears took the victory with a final score of 74-64.
Columbia dominated the Bears in rebounds (55-26), LeBlanc leading the Koalas with 13; Assists (6-4), with Sherrill and Johnson leading the Koalas with 2 each; and blocked shots (7-3), LeBlanc leading here as well with 4.
Columbia College's Briana Johnson (SR/Columbia, SC) led the team's with 22 points, 2 assists, and 11 rebounds.
Freshman Victoria Williams (Mooresville, NC) racked up 13 points, 1 assist, and 6 rebounds.
Columbia College will get on the road to face Milligan College in TN on Saturday, January 21 at 2:00pm, and again at home against Point University on Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30pm.