Columbia College women lose to William Woods, share conference title

Saturday, February 27, 2010 | 6:29 p.m. CST

The NAIA-ranked No. 10 Columbia College women's basketball team lost 66-69 to No. 16 William Woods (Mo.) Saturday afternoon in Fulton, Mo., to drop into a three-way share for the American Midwest Conference title with the Owls and McKendree University (Ill.), which earned its share with a 81-75 win over Park (Mo.).

William Woods, which  led 34-26 at the end of the first half, took advantage of its 18 steals and the Cougars' 25 turnovers. Senior forward Veronica Smith had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and junior forward Denise Rosario scored 13 points. But the Cougars shot just 8-for-27 from three-point range.

Senior guard Whitney Widaman set the school record for steals in a season at 94. Three more steals and Widaman will break the school's career steals record of 304.

Columbia, William Woods and McKendree all finished with 14-2 conference records. William Woods will host the conference tournament, determined by the eighth tiebreaker, winning percentage against all NAIA oppenents. The Owls finished 26-2 overall (.929 win percentage) while Columbia finished 26-4 overall (.867 win percentage).

The tiebreaker gives the Cougars the second-seed behind the Owls. McKendree will take the third-seed.

Columbia will host seventh-seeded Park in the AMC quarterfinals Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Columbia at the Arena at the Southwell Complex.

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