Columbia sets school loss record at No. 7/8 in the state of Iowa

AMES, Iowa The Columbia women’s basketball team hit 18 three-pointers against #7-8 Iowa State but fell 99-76 to the Cyclones Sunday afternoon at the Hilton Coliseum.

By sinking 18 threes, Columbia (3-2) set a new program record for 3-pointers in a game. The Lions went 18-of-42 (.429) from the perimeter and broke the program’s previous record of 16 to play Nicole Stephens Trey by 2:11. Siena Durra senior from Grinnell, Iowa, playing in front of a home crowd, hit the 18th and final treble.

“I was so excited to be going home and it’s always amazing to see so many Grinnell supporters keep coming out,” said Durr, who was the 2018 Iowa State Class 4A Player of the Year. “Always behind me and always behind me Everyone from Grinnell. It’s so great to see the community support.

“Coming here was a great opportunity to play against a top 10 team. Like Coach [Griffith] said all week and in the locker room we are training for march right now. Playing against the top teams in the country… that will only make us better if we play in March. I thought it was a really great experience, even if we didn’t quite get the result we wanted.”

The Lions were led by Junior Hsu Abbeywho posted a team high of 24 points and went 4 out of 8 from a 3 point country. Kitty Henderson reached double digits with 12 points and a career-high seven assists Paige Lauder chimed in with 10 off the bench and was 3-for-4 from downtown.

“We knew they would be a handful and we knew we would give their best on their home soil,” said the head coach Megan Griffith said. “I thought we did some nice things at times. We didn’t implement our game plan early on and we dug a hole. It’s just such a valuable learning experience. We have to embrace that and understand what it’s like to play in March and get through it better.”

Iowa State (4-0) came out hot, hitting 12 of 19 off the floor en route to 30 points in the first quarter. To Columbia’s credit, the Lions stayed there with 17 players of their own after 10 minutes. Hsu Abbey pulled the Lions back within a dozen early in the second quarter, but fouling caught up to Columbia. The Cyclones went into the bonus with 6:02 minutes remaining and went 7-of-8 at the line in the frame to lead 51-34 at the break.

The Lions kept fighting in the second half, hitting shots to hang within striking distance. hsu, Hannah Pratt and Paige Lauder all connected from deep as Columbia started the half 3-on-5 from downtown. However, Iowa State showed its class, leading 71-45 with 3:00 in the quarter, even though the Lions shot 50 percent (11-22) from beyond the arc.

All-American Ashley Joens finished the game 7-of-10 from three, posting a game-high with 33 points and 10 rebounds. Stephanie Soares (15) and Emily Ryan (13) joined her in double digits as the Cyclones shot 53 percent on the day and were 12 of 28 (.429) from outside.

Columbia is preparing for the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament, which begins Friday in Coral Gables, Fla. with a matchup against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-2). The Lions then face either Miami or NC A&T on Sunday.

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