CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – The Columbus State women's basketball team (12-13, 5-9 OCCAC) defeated the Lorain County Commodores (6-22, 2-2 OCCAC)) for the third time this season to clinch the Region XII DIII Championship and advance to the District B Championship.
Sophomore forward Allyse Rutter led all players with a record-breaking 39 points, the highest post-season single-game accumulation in program history. She shot 13-for-22 from the field, including an impressive 9-for-14 from the three-point range.
Lorain County came out with a lot of momentum, having something to prove after losing by 20+ points by the Cougars twice this season. Although Columbus State outscored the Commodores each quarter, there were five lead changes and nine tied scores throughout the battle.
Antishay Rahim led the game with the 18 rebounds to go along with 19 points for her 20th career double-double. She also had a game-high four blocks. Destiny Wooten scored 14 points while Nycole Carter was the other double-digit scorer with ten. Wooten narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Carter dished out a team-high five assists while Rutter, Rahim, and Wooten each contributed four assists.
Columbus State had a dominant balanced attack against the Commodores. They outshot Hocking 46.3%-43.8% and outrebounded 49-31.
The Cougars are now one win away from competing in the 2018 NJCAA DIII National Tournament. They play for the District Title against No. 2 Rock Valley (19-12, 13-1 N4C) Sat, Mar. 3 at 1:00 p.m. CT at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill.