Columbia College women's basketball team streaks to 12th win

Monday, January 4, 2010 | 8:05 p.m. CST; updated 10:06 p.m. CST, Monday, January 4, 2010

The Columbia College women's basketball team earned its 12th straight victory Monday night with a 74-44 win at McPherson (Kan.) College.

Kirsti Wilkerson scored 16 points in the first 20 minutes to help the Cougars (12-1) pull out to a 45-23 halftime lead. Wilkerson finished with a game-high 19 points including five three-pointers. Denise Rosario scored 13 points and had 14 rebounds. Whitney Widaman had 12 points and seven assists and Rachel Oswald ended with 10 points. Whitney Davis dished out seven assists.

Oswald was named this week’s American Midwest Conference Player of the Week after  averaging 17 points and seven rebounds per game in two victories at the Cougars vs. Cancer Classic, where she was named tournament MVP. Against Missouri Valley College, Oswald posted a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Columbia College, No. 9 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll, plays next at 5:30 p.m. Thursday when it opens American Midwest Conference play against Williams Baptist in Walnut Ridge, Ark.

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