15th-ranked Lyon College Women Stumble to 28th-ranked Cougars

BATESVILLE, Ark. (Lyon) – Columbia College's Heather English scored 19 of her game-high 29 points in the second half as the Lyon College women's basketball team couldn't find the range from three-point territory and the 15th-ranked Scots dropped their first American Midwest Conference contest of the season, an 82-67 setback to the 28th-ranked Cougars in James C. Becknell Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

The setback snapped the Scots' seven-game winning streak as they fell back to 16-3 on the season, 6-1 in AMC action. Lyon is now tied with William Woods (15-2, 6-1 AMC) for second place. The Owls knocked off Stephens College (4-14, 1-6 AMC), 75-66, on Saturday.

Columbia, which claimed its 10th straight win, improved to 14-5 on the season and took over sole possession of first place in the league with a spotless 7-0 record.

Both Lyon College and Columbia College shot poorly in the first half, as the Lady Cougars hit 12-of-34 (35.3%) from the field, but managed a 34-24 lead because the Scots connected on only 33.3% (8-of-24), missed all four treys and committed 11 turnovers.

The Scots took a 7-6 lead with 14:22 left in the period, but Columbia built an eight-point lead, 27-19, with 5:24 on the clock. Lyon trimmed it back to three, 27-24, with a 5-0 run, but the Lady Cougars outscored LC 7-0 in the final two minutes to grab the double-digit lead at the break.

After cutting the deficit back to four, 34-30, in the first 2:12 of the second half, the Lady Cougars went on a 12-0 run in a span of 3:32 to post their largest lead of the game, 46-30, with 14:16 on the clock.

But the Scots weren't done yet, as they slowly whittled away at the lead until finally tying the score, 49-49, with 9:04 remaining. Lyon tied the game with a 19-3 burst.

After LC battled back and gained the momentum, Columbia went on a run of its own, scoring the next 10 points in a span of 2:50 to open up a double-digit lead. The Scots would trim it to six at the five-minute more, but they could come no closer down the stretch.

Christine Smith came off the Lyon bench to score 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.

She also added three assists and a pair of steals. Suzanne Fincham chipped in 14 points, five boards, two steals and a block, and Phagen Altom was in double figures with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Debbie Onukwube posted eight points and eight rebounds, Gabby Jenkins threw in eight points and hauled in seven boards, Whitney Keith managed four points, Taylor Grigg scored three and Alex Davidson pitched in two points.

Lyon stayed in the game in the second half by hitting 59.3% (16-of-27) from the field, finishing with a 47.1 percentile (24-of-51) for the game. But the Scots struggled from three-point territory, converting only 2-of-10.

The Scots won the rebounding battle, 36-32, but committed 21 turnovers, compared to 15 for the Lady Cougars.

In addition to English's numbers, Tierney Siefert threw in 17 points for CC. Aqua Corpening was also in double-figures, scoring 13 points, while taking in eight rebounds.

Columbia hit 25-of-56 (44.6%) from the field, 10-of-22 (45.5%) from behind the arc and 22-of-27 free throws (81.5%).

In other conference action on Saturday, Hannibal-LaGrange (11-7, 4-3 AMC) knocked off Park University (5-11, 2-5 AMC), 58-47, Williams Baptist (10-9, 3-4 AMC) bumped Missouri Baptist (6-13, 3-4 AMC), 59-57, and Harris-Stowe (6-13, 3-4 AMC) was too much for Benedictine-Springfield (3-14, 0-7 AMC), 87-64.

Lyon College will return to the floor on Thursday when the Scots travel to Hannibal, Mo. to face Hannibal-LaGrange University. The game will be part of a women/men doubleheader and will tip off at 5:30 p.m.