CofO women’s basketball, who recently moved up two places in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll to #4, traveled to Nashville, Tenn. The Lady Cats faced A.I.I. opponent Fisk University on Friday evening and dominated with a 102-39 victory.
CofO jumped out to a 28-13 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Lady Cats stretched the lead to 51-22 at half on 67% shooting from the field and 60% shooting from three.
The lead grew in the second half as CofO outscored the Lady Bulldogs 27-10 in the third quarter. The CofO bench took over the entire fourth quarter, scoring 24 points and giving up just 7 points.
The Lady Bobcats had six players in double figures, led by Cass Johnson’s 17 points. Fellow senior Kelsie Cleeton had 14. Abby Oliver contributed 13, while Aleksei Smith had 12, Michelle Gabani scored a career high of 11, and Grace Steiger chipped in 10.
CofO shot 65% for the game, while Fisk managed just 28%. The Lady Cats were 9-16 from the three point line for 56%. CofO also out-rebounded the Lady Bulldogs 38-27, led by Cleeton with seven. Madisen Brethower dished out five assists to lead CofO, and Cleeton snagged three steals. CofO forced 18 turnovers and had 14 of their own.
CofO Lady Cats (9-1) continue their road stretch with a game at Welch College on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Live coverage is scheduled to be available here.