Koala basketball falls to Skyhawks 74-64

The Columbia College women's basketball team lost a tight 76-64 game against the Point University Skyhawks Wednesday night.

Columbia came out strong in the first quarter, Freshman Victoria Williams putting 2 points on the board in the first minute. Point answered with 4 points before Senior Alison Sobataka sunk 2 free throws to tie the score. The Koalas were determined to take the lead, but ended the quarter with a 6 points deficit, 18-12.

Columbia came in to the second quarter strong, with a hard block from Freshman Morgan Varn. The defensive hits continued with a steal by Sobataka, who took it down the court for a layup. Senior Briana Johnson followed suit, with another steal and assist to Sobataka, who put two more points on the board and bringing the deficit to 18-16. Shots from Sophomores Amber Sherrill and Maleisha Outing-Taylor as well as Seniors Johnson and LeBlanc kept the score close ending the half, 33-29.

Coming in to the second half, a 3-pointer from Outing-Taylor and shot by LeBlanc started Columbia's comeback. With an assist from Senior Katie Kopp to Sherrill, the Koalas overcame Point, bringing the score to 36-35. Columbia held Point's offense, tying the score more 5 times, ending the quarter at a 1-point deficit, 51-50.

The fourth quarter featured Columbia's seniors leading the team's final efforts, with 8 points from Johnson, 4 from LeBlanc, and a made free throw by Sobataka. Unfortunately, the Koalas came up short, and Point pushed the final score to 76-64.

Columbia overcame the Skyhawks in rebounds (34-26), with LeBlanc leading the Koalas for the second game in a row with 8. Varn led the team with 4 blocked shots (7-2).

Columbia College's Briana Johnson (SR/Columbia, SC) led the Koalas with 16 points, 2 assists, and 2 rebounds.

Senior Erica LeBlanc (SR/Lithonia, GA) also led Columbia with 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 block.

Columbia College will be on the road to face conference opponent Bryan College on Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30pm. Columbia will be at home Saturday, February 4, at 2:00pm to take on Tennessee Wesleyan for the second time this season.