COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus State women's basketball team (11-13, 5-9 OCCAC) suffered a tough 57-91 loss to No. 5 DII Owens (23-4, 13-1 OCCAC) on the home court on Saturday afternoon. Despite a strong start from the Cougars, they couldn't keep the momentum going into the second half.
Destiny Wooten was on fire in the first half, accounting for sixteen points for the Cougars after knocking down
Allyse Rutter was on fire in the first half, accounting for 16 points for the Cougars after draining four shots from the three-point range, a layup, and two from the line. Wooten finished the game with 22 points, five rebounds, and a pair of assists and steals.
The Cougars started strong, outscoring Owens in the second quarter 18-16. Although Owens retained the lead throughout, Columbus State managed to narrow the deficit to just six at one point. After the break, the Cougars battled for baskets in the third and greatly struggled to get on the board in the fourth quarter, tallying just 12 points in the last ten minutes of the game.
Allyse Rutter was the other double digit scorer with 13 points, along with a trio of rebounds, assists, and steals.
Nycole Carter scored eight points while Antishay Rahim sunk in seven. Rahim also grabbed a team-high nine boards. Nikia Glenn-Falls and Lia Arnold rounded out the Cougars' scoring with four and three points respectively.
Despite committing less turnovers (11-13) than the Express, Columbus State fought to snatch rebounds, pulling down only 25, compared to Owens' 45.
Next up, the Cougars will defend their Region XII title on Tue, Feb. 27 vs. Lorain County Community College. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m. at Ohio Christian University.