The Columbia College women’s basketball team is looking to build on another strong season. The Cougars went 15-6 and fell in the second round of the NAIA Tournament during the 2020-21 season. A year ago Columbia College’s offseason preparations were hampered by COVID-19. Coach Taylor Possail says it’s good to get back to a normal routine this summer.
Possail details what the offseason workouts have been like for the team.
The Cougars will return a large group of key players from this past season. This includes their leading scorer Mallory Shetley, who led the team with 13.6 points a game and was one of only two freshmen to receive All-American honors at the NAIA level. Possail says he expects big things from Shetley again in the 2021-22 season.
The Cougars have earned a birth in the national tournament in each of Possail’s previous four years as head coach. However, they’ve yet to make it past the second round on any of those occasions. Possail says the goal for the 2021-22 season is to take that next step.
Locally the Cougars will feature Mackenzie Dubbert of Cairo, who missed this past season with a torn ACL. South Callaway graduate Delaney Horstman will be one of five incoming freshmen on this year’s Columbia College roster.