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Eagles Hit Bumps In the Road at Columbia


The nationally ranked basketball teams of Columbia College defended their home turf successfully against visiting Williams Baptist College Thursday night. The men’s and women’s squads from WBC came up short, although the Lady Eagles came painfully close to pulling off the upset.

Lady Eagles 55, Columbia 59

The Lady Eagles from Williams Baptist College traveled to Columbia, Mo., to take on the 18th ranked Lady Cougars of Columbia College on Thursday evening. A close contest saw Columbia edge Williams 59-55.

WBC held the Lady Cougars to 34 percent shooting from the floor and 1-of-16 from 3-point range. They also out rebounded Columbia 45-to-34. However, the Lady Cougars were able to force 24 turnovers with 16 steals.

Two Eagles reached double figures in scoring. Cheyenne Childers scored 12 and Kimberly Wise notched 10 in the contest. Chasity Hamilton and Meagan Goza each scored eight points, while leading the team with nine boards a piece.

The loss drops the Lady Eagles record to 12-10 overall and 5-5 in the American Midwest Conference. They sit in a tie for fourth place with Missouri Baptist. Williams will host Lyon College on Saturday, February 2 at 2 p.m. The game will be played in the Southerland-Mabee Center at Walnut Ridge.

Eagles 53, Columbia 89

The Columbia Cougars are ranked number one in the NAIA according to the latest national poll, and the Eagles from Williams Baptist College were upset minded heading into the road contest. However, Columbia would stifle any hopes for an Eagle upset with an 89-53 victory.

The Cougars defense was strong, holding WBC to 26 percent shooting from the field. They held reigning American Midwest Conference player of the week Kyle Harvey to nine points. Chase Norwood also scored nine. Following them were Zabian Sanders and Donovan Coleman, who scored eight a piece. It was only the second game all season where Harvey did not reach double figures in scoring.

Columbia shot 49 percent from the floor, including 12-of-27 from 3-point range. Jordan Dressler led all scorers with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He also led the Cougars with seven rebounds.

The loss drops the Eagles record to 14-8 on the season and 5-4 in the AMC. They currently sit in a three way tie for third place. Williams will host Lyon College on Saturday, February 2. The game will be played in the Southerland-Mabee Center, and tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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