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Women's Basketball Headlines (2011-2012)

2012 NCCAA Nationals Update
(3/16/12) In the NCCAA II National Basketball competition last week, the CCC womenís team finished in fourth place and the menís team ended up in sixth place.

Cougars Fall Short
(3/9/12) In the semi-finals of the NCCAA D-II National Basketball tournament, the fifth seeded Clearwater Cougars faced off against the one seed Kentucky Christian University. Clearwater came out strong, but after about six minutes, fell into an offense drought which allowed Kentucky to make a 12-0 run before Clearwater was able to get their rhythm offensively back. Kentucky led at the half 41-24. Clearwater came out of the locker room with a focus and determination and cut the lead back to 9 points with ten minutes left in the game. But Clearwater would not get any closer. Kentucky defeated the Cougars 72-54. The Cougars will play the host institution, Ohio Christian for third place on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Cougars Win First Round at the National Tournament to Advance to the Semi-Finals
(3/8/12) The fifth seed Clearwater Cougars defeated the fourth seed, the Hillsdale College Saints to advance to the semi-final round on Friday night at 6 p.m. EST against the first seed Kentucky Christian University. Katie Jo Mullens led the team wth 17 points. Tori Hale added 16 points. Justina Bechtel had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Cougars Headed to Nationals
(2/29/12) The Cougars took on the Toccoa Falls Eagles in the Regional Championship to claw out who would represent the South Region in the National Tournament. The first half started with Clearwater scoring, but Toccoa seemed to come right back with an answer. The Cougars were able to pull away in the final few minutes to take an 11 point lead at the half. In the second half, Clearwater was determined to make a statement and came back strong. In the final 6 and a half minutes, Clearwater held Toccoa to 2 points. Clearwater finished 72-48, coming home with a regional banner and a ticket to the National Tournament to be held in Circleville, Ohio on March 8-10, 2012.

Cougars Advance to National Tourney
(2/29/12) After excellent performances at the south region tournaments, both basketball teams will participate in the 2012 NCCAA II national basketball tournaments.

Cougars Finish Strong
(2/14/12) The Clearwater Cougars defeated Florida College 69 - 60 to wrap up their regular season. The Cougars went into the half down 29-35.

Streak Broken at Pensacola
(2/11/12) The momentum of the winning streak of the Cougars was broken by Pensacola Christian College when they defeated the Cougars 49-55. In a very low scoring first half, the Cougars were only down by one at the half, 19-20. In the second half, the teams played even, but Clearwater struggled behind the free throw line. The Cougars lost 49-55. Katie Jo Mullens had 20 points, and Amanda Ison added 10 points.

Clearwater Wins on the Road Again
(2/10/12) The Lady Cougars won their fourth game in a row as they defeated Trinity Baptist 70-49. Katie Jo Mullens led the attack with 20 points. Tiffany Pack hit for 15 points, and Justina Bechtel cleaned up in the paint with 12 points.

Clearwater Sweeps the Region
(2/4/12) The Cougars defeated Piedmont International University 67-60 to lead the NCCAA South region 4-0, and ensuring a number one seed for the regional tournament February 24-25. Katie Jo Mullens led the Cougars with 19 points. Tiffany Pack put in 16 before her hometown fans. Justina Bechtel added 11 points from inside.

Regional Win on the Road
(2/3/12) The Cougars matched up against Toccoa Falls College in a game in which a win would give the Cougars a top seed for the regional tournament. Clearwater defeated Toccoa 63-40. Leading the scoring for the Cougars was Katie Jo Mullens with 19. Tori Hale added 15 points. Tiffany Pack put in 11 and Amanda Ison had 10 points.

Clearwater Upsets Webber University
(1/31/12) In a rematch against Webber University, the Clearwater Cougars knew they would have to play well as they walked into the gym. Earlier in the season, the Cougars had struggled against Webber, but this time, they were determined to stay with them. Webber opened the game with strong defensive pressure to take an early lead. But Clearwater's defense allowed them to go into the half up 40-36. During the second half, Clearwater continued to play well, maintaining the lead until Webber finally tied the game with 15 seconds left. On the inbound, Tori Hale drove to the basket, where Tina Bechtel grabbed the offensive rebound and her put back was good. The 86-84 victory leaves the Cougars 6-9 for the season.

Tough Road Trip for the Cougars
(1/28/12) The Cougars had a tough road trip into Alabama to face off with the Judson Eagles. The Cougars played great defense, but it wasn't enough to offset the struggle the Cougars had to find the basket.

Clearwater Falls to Southeastern
(1/24/12) The Cougars got out to a slow start against Southeastern. During the first half, the Cougars only shot 22% from the floor, while Southeastern shot 50% to take a 37 - 13 lead at the half.

Cougars Overwhelm the Bruins
(1/20/12) The Cougars defense attacked the Bruins of Piedmont International University to open the game with an early 14-4 lead nine minutes into the game. The Cougars led 41 -23 at the half. During the second half the Cougars continued to work together finishing 79-54.

Clearwater Tops Trinity 77-54
(1/14/12) The Cougars came out strong as four different players scored to open the game 11-4 against the Eagles. Tiffany Pack had a career game high of six 3 pointers to lead the team with 20 points.

Cougars Finish Strong
(1/13/12) Clearwater started the game with a 13-2 lead before Pensacola answered back with a 7 point run. The game would stay within 6 points for the rest of the game. Down by 6 with 4:30 left in the game, a strong defensive effort by the team resulted in a 11-3 run to give the Cougars a 54-52 victory.

Cougars Drop to Ave Maria
(1/10/12) The women's basketball team came back to start the second semester off against top ranked NAIA Ave Maria on Tuesday in Clearwater.

Tough Game in Miami
(12/10/11) The Cougars struggled offensively while facing off against Johnson and Wales University on Saturday afternoon.

Cougars Fall to Southeastern
(12/9/11) The Cougars were ready when NAIA opponents Southeastern rolled onto campus. The Cougars held with Southeastern for 10 minutes in the first half before the Fire were able to break away from the Cougars.

Cougars Win in Over Time
(12/6/11) The Cougars took the game against Lawrence University into an exciting over time to earn their first win of the season.

Tough Opener for the Cougars
(11/8/11) The Cougars opened their 2011-2012 season at home with a tough loss 45-103 against a strong Northwood University team (NAIA) on Tuesday night.

Cougars Open with Alumni
(11/5/11) The 2011-2012 season opened this past weekend with a great exhibition game against a strong representation of alumni basketball players. Eight alumni returned to play. The alumni went into the half with a 29-28 lead. During the second half, the Cougars applied more back court pressure and were able to pull away from the alumni, finishing with a 54-42 victory.

Cougar Sports Camps Conclude
(8/1/11) This summer, CCC hosted soccer, basketball, and volleyball sports camps with the purpose of instructing boys and girls in the fine-tuned details of various sports.

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One of CCC's most decorated athletes, Tori is a junior biology major. "Having transferred to Clearwater in the middle of my sophomore year, I was very uneasy about the new environment I would soon be entering. However, the Lord made this transition extremely easy. Spiritually, the family environment has allowed me to create friendships that have challenged me in my walk with Christ. Academically, the teacher's personal desire is for each student to perform at his highest potential so they are willing to help each student outside the classroom. Athletically, the Lord has allowed me to be a part of the college's soccer and basketball teams. As I look back, it's obvious to see that transferring to CCC was one of the best decisions that I have made for my spiritual, emotional and academic well-being."