COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite out-rebounding, out-stealing, and producing less turnovers than the Express, the Cougars could not repeat its upset performance from last year on the home court, losing 66-69 on Saturday.
The Cougars rallied early, at one point securing a 15 point lead over the nationally ranked Express in the first half. By halftime, Columbus State led by three and the score stayed close through the remainder of the game.
Erinn Bailey (Dayton/Chaminade-Julienne HS) led the effort with 18 points, seven rebounds, and a career-high seven steals while Bridget Geiger (Minster/Minster HS) tallied 12 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.
Jasmine Junkins (Hilliard/Hilliard Darby HS) had a robust defensive performance with ten rebounds, three blocks, and four steals.
However, the Cougars struggled offensively, particularly at the free throw line and the three point line, shooting 50% (9-for-18) and 21% (3-for-14) respectively.
The loss was the second-straight for the Cougars who are now 12-3 on the season and 3-2 in the OCCAC. Owens remains at the top of the conference with 5-0 record and 20-1 overall record.
The Cougars are back on the road as they travel to conference rival Cincinnati State for a 5:30 tip on Wednesday.