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Lady Cougars Beaten by Bears

CLEVELAND, GA Coming into the game against Truett-McConnell, the Lady Cougars appeared to be heading in the right direction on the offensive end, but were hoping to improve on their defensive performance and grab their first win of the 2013-2014 season.

Despite a one hour and fifteen minute delay waiting for officials, it appeared, early on, that the defensive emphasis would pay off as the Lady Cougars would force 12 first half turnovers and frustrate the Bears offense. The lead changed hands several times over the course of the first 10 minutes with the Lady Cougars leading 13-10 with 9:50 to go in the first half. But the Cougars would only score 1 field goal for the remainder of the half as the Bears went on a 16-2 run to go into halftime up 15-26. During the stretch, the Lady Cougars were 1-16 from the field and only 7 for 35 from the field for the entire half. The Lady Cougars were also 0 for 5 from the free-throw line in the half.

Ive never seen anything like it. Coach Wilson said of the first half. I thought we played well defensively and had several open looks on the offensive end during that stretch. I kept thinking, Were too good of a shooting team for this to continue.

Unfortunately, it did continue into the second half as the Lady Cougars shot only a marginally better 8 for 28 from the field. The Bears, for their part, did not look back as they would cruise to the 36-63 victory over the Lady Cougars. For the game, the Lady Cougars shot 23.8% from the field and were 1-18 from behind the three-point line.

Its not the way that we wanted to go into the break. The good news, though, is that we havent played an NCCAA II team yet. So, we have the opportunity to make a lot of things right when we get back in January. This is a resilient team. They will work hard over the break, and I look forward to how we bounce back for the remainder of the season.

Tori Hale led the Cougars with 10 points to go along with 4 steals. Ashleigh Diaz added 9 points and 6 rebounds. For the Bears, Krista Dixon led all scorers with 22 and was the only Bear in double figures.

The Cougars return to action at home against NCCAA II #6 Grace Bible College on January 9, 2014 at 7 PM.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Clearwater Christian College Women's Basketball!