Jenkins opened the scoring for the Owls with a 3-pointer followed by a jumper in the lane as WWU opened up a quick 5-2 lead, but it would be short-lived, as Columbia paced out a 39-23 lead at the half behind a .515 shooting performance.
Both teams cooled off in the second half, although the Owls went a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line, keeping pace with Columbia but unable to narrow the gap.
The Owls shot at a .327 pace on the night, finisht with a .296 mark from distance and a .929 (13-of-14) pace from the free throw line. Columbia hit at a .438 clip for the game and a .318 mark from outside, edging WWU in the rebounding battle by a 41-35 margin as well.
William Woods returns to AMC action on Thursday night, traveling to Walnut Ridge, Ark., to take on Williams Baptist. Tipoff for the game is set for 7:30 p.m.
FULTON -- Despite an 18-point outing from Sharron Andrews (Oakland/Hayward, Calif.) the William Woods University women's basketball team saw a six-point halftime lead evaporate as the Owls fell 66-76 to Columbia College on Saturday. The Owls shot just 9-of-35 in the second half, falling into a second-place tie in the AMC standings.
WWU was much the better team in the first half, hitting at a .500 clip en route to a 39-33 halftime lead. The Owls led by as many as 12 during the period, but Columbia was able to hang around with solid free throw shooting.
The second half was a different story, however, as WWU wasn't able to find the distance. The Owls went scoreless for two five-minute stretches during the second half and missed on all 13 attempts from beyond the arc as Columbia took the lead and stretched out to a 12-point cushion.
With 2:46 to go, Andrews tried to take control for WWU but the comeback came too late. The senior finished with 18 points and eight rebounds on the night. Ashlee Taylor (Dexter) finished with nine points.