Women’s basketball comes close to disrupting No. 2 DII Owens' perfect record

PERRYSBURG, Ohio – After a 44-point loss to Owens (27-0, 13-0 OCCAC) last month, the Columbus State women's basketball team (10-13, 6-7 OCCAC) was looking for reprisal. There is little doubt the Cougars are hungry for competition.

The women came out on the court with a strong showing and by halftime the score was tied 37-37. A late run in the second half was not enough to overcome a shaky third and as a result the Cougars lost, 90-77, the closest margin any conference team this season has had against the Express.

The backcourt paced the offense for the Cougars. Carli Codner-Pinto led the scoring with 20 points, followed by Allyse Rutter's 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting, including going 2-for-2 from behind the arc. Rutter achieved her first career double-double with 10 rebounds while Codner-Pinto had a game-high four steals. Both guards dished out five assists. Katlyn Ray sunk in 15 points and grabbed a pair of steals.

In the frontcourt, Keyvona Davis led the rebounding effort with 13 boards while Antishay Rahim and Hunter Kershaw combined for 14 rebounds. Kershaw added nine points while Davis and Rahim chipped in eight.

While Columbus State shot better (42.1%) than the Express (40.7%), Owens forced 27 turnovers on the Cougars, resulting in 32 points.

Next up for the Cougars is the last regular season home game on Sun, Feb. 19 @ Noon vs. Lakeland Community College.