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Women's Basketball Headlines (2010-2011)

Cougars Participate in Post Season Competition and Earn National Recognitions
(3/23/11) The basketball teams earned spots in the south regional tournaments and the women's team won seventh place in the nation.

NCCAA II National Women's Basketball Tournament
(3/1/11) The women's basketball team will be participating in the NCCAA II national tournament March 10-12, 2011 at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio. They will play Valley Forge Christian College at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 as the opening game of the tournament.

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. Clearwater didn't lose heart and continued to play physical as they went on to win the regional championship 45-42. 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.

Cougars Advance to Championship
(2/25/2011) The Cougars travelled to Toccoa Falls, Georgia for the NCCAA D-II South regional tournament. Facing Piedmont Baptist College in the first round, the Cougars came out strong. Leading by 11 at the half, 30-19, Clearwater looked to seal the opportunity to advance into the championship game. Clearwater finished 67-48. Lauren Leabhart led the Cougars with a double-double, 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Cougars Finish Strong
(2/18/2011) The Cougars wrapped up their regular season with a solid win 75-46 against regional competitors, Toccoa Falls College. The Cougars played well as a team and saw good balance across the floor. Five players had double digit scoring. Katie Mullens led the team with 19 points and 6 steals, while contributing with 11 points; Kelly Fichtner and Lauren Leabhart had 6 assists; Justina Bechtel had 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The Cougars finish the season 10-11, and are tied for first place in the region. The Cougars now gear up for the regional tournament to be held February 25-26 at Toccoa Falls College, in Toccoa Falls, Georgia.

Cougars Fall Short
(2/17/11) In the regional match-up between Clearwater Christian and Atlanta Christian, the charity line marked a significant difference in the ending result. Shooting the lowest percentage of the season at the free throw line, Clearwater only shot 30% to Atlanta's 62% with Clearwater receiving half of the attempts that Atlanta had. Katie Mullens led the scoring with 22 points. Tiffany Pack had 9 points. Richelle Bucklin had 11 rebounds.

Tough Game on the Road
(2/12/11) The Cougars had a tough outing on Saturday against Spring Hill College (NAIA). Early foul trouble and excessive turnovers seemed to plague the Cougars. The Cougars worked hard to overcome the deficit, but to no avail. Spring Hill defeated the Cougars 86-43. Lauren Leabhart led the Cougars with 11 points. The Cougars record is now 9-10.

Cougars Take Pensacola on Road
(2/11/11) The Cougars came into the Pensacola's gym hungry for a win. Solid defense allowed the Cougars to come out with a 20-0 run, holding the Eagles scoreless the first 10 minutes of the game. The Cougars maintained throughout the rest of the game, defeating the Eagles 80-53. The Cougars are now 9-9. The Cougars play Spring Hill College (NAIA) of Mobile, Alabama on Saturday.

Cougars Undefeated in the Region
(2/4/11) The Cougars hosted Piedmont Bible College on Friday night in their first home regional game of the year. The Cougars had very a balanced game.

Clearwater Drops to Southeastern
(2/1/11) Southeastern (NAIA) came into Clearwater's gym, bringing their game with them. Behind 27-33 at the half, the Cougars came out in the second half trying to step up with a defense to stop the Fire. Southeastern had a counter for each defense that the Cougars threw at them, shooting 46% from the floor while the Cougars struggled at 30%. The Fire defeated the Cougars 79-50.

Cougars Fall to Hillsborough Community College
(1/27/11) The Cougars went up against the Hillsborough Hawks on Thursday evening only to fall short. Hillsborough broke out with a solid lead right from the start, leading 37-13 with 8 minutes left in the half... but the Cougars were able to fight their way back to only an 11 point deficit at the half. But a strong run to open the second half sealed it for the Lady Hawks.

Tough Game for the Cougars
(1/25/11) The Cougars came out slow against a quicker and stronger Ave Maria team. The Cougars offense could not keep up with Ave Maria's strong outside shooting and cuts leading to many open shots.

Cougars 3-0 in the Region
(1/22/11) Cougars wrapped up a three day road trip with an exciting game against Atlanta Christian College on Saturday. Atlanta jumped out into an early lead and sent the Cougars into the half-time down 23-33. Atlanta maintained the lead throughout the second half, but the Cougars didn't lose heart. The Cougars defense chipped away at the deficit as well as gave the Cougars the momentum. With 17 seconds left on the clock, the Cougars had their first lead of the game. Cougars finished 63-60. Katie Mullens led the offense with 14 points. Richelle Bucklin had 13 points while Amanda Ison added 12 points. The Cougars are now 6-6, and 3-0 in the South region.

Cougars are Two for Two
(1/21/11) The Cougars struggled offensively against a strong defensive show by the Toccoa Falls Eagles, but were able to defeat Toccoa 52-42.

Clearwater Finishes Strong
(1/20/11) The Lady Cougars got their road trip off to a great start, beating Piedmont 84-63. A balanced Cougar scoring attack was lead by Richelle Bucklin who netted 18 and Tina Bechtal battled for 14 rebounds. The ladies play tomorrow night at Toccoa Falls. Go Cougars!

CCC Athletics Now on Web
(1/20/11) CCC Athletic Director James Whitaker recently announced the successful launch of home game webcasting for all menís and womenís basketball games through an agreement with Webcast America.

Clearwater Takes Two in a Row
(1/16/11) It took a total team effort to get past PCC on Saturday night. Balanced scoring was lead by Katie Mullens with 13 followed by Richelle Bucklin's double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists, and 3 blocks). The Lady Cougars head up North for three regional games next week. Please pray for safety.

Cougars Devour the Eagles
(1/15/11) The Cougars opened the semester with a total team effort to gain the advantage against Trinity Baptist. The Cougars came out intense and gained a quick lead never to look back.

Women's Basketball Picks Up Their First Win
(12/10/10) The Cougars were able to defeat Lawrence University (NCAA III) from Appleton Wisconsin Friday night. Both teams entered the game eager to take the first win from each other. Lawrence opened the game with an 11 point run. But the Cougars refused to lay down. The Cougars responded with a 26-4 run and maintained the lead for the rest of the game. The Cougars defeated the Vikings 60 - 53.

Cougars Can't Quench the Flame
(12/7/10) Cougars went to Lakeland to face NAIA Southeastern on Tuesday night. The Cougars applied heavy defense to the Fire keeping them to 10 first half points. But the Fire blazed in the second half, and defeated the Cougars 46-36.

Clearwater Falls to Warner
(12/9/10) The women's basketball team travelled to Lake Wales for a tough match up against Warmer University. The Cougars were unable to offset the strong shooting of the Royals, and fell 46-81.

Cougars Fall to Ave Maria
(12/4/10) The Cougars came out of the starting blocks with intensity and tenacity, but Ave Maria's strong shooting was too much to overcome in Saturday's loss. Despite a 16 - 41 deficit at halftime, the Cougars persevered, worked together, and played even with the Gyrenes the second half to finish falling 48 - 71.

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Playing basketball at Clearwater has been an amazing opportunity, because I have made so many great memories and great friends by being on the team. God has blessed me by being a part of the women's basketball team, because I get to be involved with a great group of girls that strive to honor and glorify God above all else. Playing basketball is so much fun, but it is also a great way to grow closer to God. The team has devotions every day before practice, and we all get to share with each other what God is doing in our lives. Whether we win or lose, the praise goes to God, and ultimately that is all that matters.