Kansas City, Mo. - The Cougar men’s basketball team is ranked atop the NAIA rankings once again for the seventh straight week. Columbia went 2-0 in American Midwest Conference (AMC) action last week, capping off the first undefeated regular season in program history with a 74-69 victory at William Woods (Mo.) University on Saturday. At 30-0, the Cougars are the last remaining unbeaten team of the 2012-13 season.
The Flames of Lee (Tenn.) University checked in at No. 2 for the sixth straight week with an overall record of 28-1. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College, John Brown (Ark.) University, and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) College rounded out the top five.
Senior Jordan Dressler averaged 14.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in Columbia’s two wins and was named the AMC player of the week on Monday. Dressler, last season’s conference player of the year, leads the Cougars on the season with 13.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest.
Columbia will host the winner of tonight’s play-in game between Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.) and Hannibal-LaGrange on Thursday, February 28th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Arena of Southwell Complex.
Lady Cougars hold at No. 15; host Park on Wednesday in AMC quarterfinals
Kansas City, Mo. - For the third straight week, the Lady Cougar basketball team is ranked 15th in the NAIA Top 25. Columbia recorded victories over Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) University and William Woods (Mo.) University last week, claiming their fifth straight American Midwest Conference (AMC) regular season championship.
Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) edged Oklahoma City for the third straight week as the nation’s No. 1 team, followed by Westmont (Calif.) College, Lubbock Christian (Texas) University, and Westminster (Utah) College rounding out the top five. AMC regular season co-champion Lyon (Ark.) College remained at No. 17 and William Woods dropped one spot to No. 23 following their 76-65 loss to the Lady Cougars on Saturday.
Junior Heather English averaged 21.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in Columbia’s two victories and was named the conference player of the week on Monday. English, last season’s AMC player of the year, leads the Lady Cougars in scoring at 15.3 points per game and also ranks first in the league in steals with 84.
Columbia returns to action on Wednesday, February 27th to host Park (Mo.) University in the quarterfinal round of the AMC postseason tournament. The Lady Cougars will host all of their games as the tournament’s top seed. Tip-off for Wednesday’s contest is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Arena of Southwell Complex.