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Columbia College women's basketball team slams Williams Baptist

Thursday, February 4, 2010 | 8:27 p.m. CST; updated 11:41 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 4, 2010
Columbia College guard Courtney Jorgenson blocks a shot by Williams Baptist guard Courtney Sublett during the second half of the game Thursday.

COLUMBIA — The Columbia College fans could have chanted the blocked shot jeer, "You got swatted" all game long.

The Cougar women's basketball team shut down visiting Williams Baptist (Ark.) 87-59 on Thursday, shooting 75 percent in the second half to stay undefeated in American Midwest Conference play.

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"We're a second-half team. That's how we roll," senior guard Whitney Widaman said.

Widaman hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four steals, showing why she's the nation's steal leader.

But it was the big women that helped the Cougars go on multiple runs to extend the lead to 30 at one point in the second half.

"When the posts are playing well, it's a lot better. The game opens up more," Widaman said.

Centers Amanda Phillips and Denise Rosario blocked eight shots between them in a game where almost everyone had a block. Even 5-foot-6 sophomore Courtney Jorgensen added a blocked shot.

Coach Mike Davis praised his players on owning the inside game.

"We talk all the time about taking pride in the lane," he said. "Amanda and Denise did a great job of taking care inside. We always have that mindset."

Rosario, who notched 12 points, was just one of four players in double digits for the Cougars. Rachel Oswald had 19, and Veronica Smith led all scorers with 22.

"If they give me space I'm going to drive," Smith said of her performance.

The guards fed off the big girls, and vice versa. It was a night where the Eagles just didn't seem to have an answer.

The Cougars led 35-24 at half, still in reaching distance of Williams Baptist, but the hot hand just kept rotating from Cougar to Cougar for the last 20 minutes of play.

"I really think we wore them down in the first half," Davis said. "We were very physical in the first half, and in the second half, we just got it going."

The Cougars used numerous 7-0, 9-2-type runs to break the game open. But Davis warned his players against getting too settled.

"He'd say to us, 'Are you guys fat and happy, or do you want to play some more?'" Widaman said. "We'd get that burst and then get a little lackadaisical."

Davis was happy his team didn't get too 'fat and happy.'

"We've done a nice job of staying level headed and staying even-keel," he said. "We're a very mature team."

That maturity is going to come in handy against Saturday's opponent, the Park Pirates.

"For those of you who've never been to Parkville (Mo.), it's nasty," Davis said. "There's two kind-of bubbles on top of a hill, the acoustics are terrible, you can't hear yourself think. It's one of those games where, if you take it for granted, you're going to get beat."


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