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Bench players spark Columbia College women's basketball win over Ottawa

Friday, November 18, 2011 | 9:50 p.m. CST; updated 3:44 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 19, 2011
Columbia College guard Airelle Eldridge drives the ball during the second half of the game against Ottawa University at The Arena of Southwell Complex on Friday.

COLUMBIA — Fifty-two points, 28 rebounds and 11 assists.

Those were the bench numbers for Columbia College women's basketball, a bench that carried the Cougars past Ottawa University 85-60 Friday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

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“We kinda had to, our starters had trouble getting going," backup forward Kirsti Wilkerson said.

The Cougars were sluggish early on, so coach Mike Davis then "switched us out real quick, and we had to get some energy going," Wilkerson said.

"We got a little bit of a lead, and we got a little bit soft, and we can’t do that," Davis said.

Junior Celeste Smith and sophomore Makenzie Smith led the bench with 15 points apiece. Makenzie Smith, who was sick all week and missed practices, scored 13 of her points in the second half.

With this win, the Cougars advance to 6-0 this season, first place in the American Midwest Conference.

Tuesday the Cougars play Baker University at 7 p.m. at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

After a break during Thanksgiving, the No. 18 Cougars travel to Kentucky to play University of Cumberlands and No. 8 Campbellsville University.

"When you go on the road and face two really good teams, then you’ll really know where you’re at," Davis said.


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