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Cougars Regional Champions

(2/26/2011) The Cougars went up against a talented Atlanta Christian College in the NCCAA D-II South Regional Championship game on Saturday. The game was very physical. Although Clearwater held Atlanta to 22 points in the first half, Atlanta had the advantage, holding Clearwater to 11 points.

The Cougars came out in the second half trying to regain momentum, Atlanta extended their lead to as much as 17 points with 12 minutes left in the game. Clearwater didn't lose heart and continued to play physical. Clearwater's defense held Atlanta to 2 points in the final 6 minutes as they overcame a 14-point deficit to win the regional championship. Clearwater was led by Katie Jo Mullens with 14 points and 5 assists. Amanda Ison added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Lauren Leabhart had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists; Richelle Bucklin had 5 points.

Four Cougars were recognized as All Regional Players. Katie Jo Mullens and Richelle Bucklin were named to the irst team all-region, Amanda Ison was named to the second team all-region, and Justina Bechtel was named honorable mention.