COLUMBIA — The Columbia College women's basketball team didn't take it easy on its opponents or the nets Thursday night.
The Cougars started the game on a 16-0 run and never looked back, pouring in 95 points on 50 percent shooting in a 95-56 blowout over the Williams Woods Owls.
Six-foot-four-inch sophomore forward Janairrika Bland led the Cougars. Bland, a transfer from University of Nebraska Omaha, combined her dominant inside presence with a soft shooting touch to the tune of 21 points and 14 rebounds.
In only seven games as a Cougar, she has averaged 18.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
"It hasn't been that hard to come in and make the transition," Bland said. "I just go to practice, work hard and work together with my teammates."
Columbia College had nine players score at least 5 points, including standout senior guard Heather English, who had 20 points to go along with five assists. The No. 15 Cougars were unstoppable Thursday, and players say that with the recent addition of Bland, it will be difficult for any team to slow them down.
"We can be great," Bland said. "If we all stick together and play like we played tonight, we can win nationals."
Columbia next takes on Harris-Stowe State University at 2 p.m. Saturday at home.