COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a strong halftime lead, the Cougar women's basketball team was unable to outlast Owens in Saturday's 83-74 loss.
Columbus State was up 47-40 at the half before Owens took the lead in the third and never relinquished it. The decision came down to foul trouble and missed free throws for the Cougars, who shot 47.8% at the line while Owens completed 74.4% of their 43 shots.
Five Cougars scored in double figures and three achieved double- doubles in what was arguably several players' best performances. Whitney Staggs led Columbus State with 17 points along with 12 rebounds. Melia Walder scored 15 points and pulled down 10 boards while Lyrik Easley had ten points and a team-best 14 rebounds. Qiyje' January and Madison Miles tallied 12 and 11 points respectively. January's 12 points came from going 4-for-6 from behind the arc, a career-best from the freshman. Easley added four steals, three assists, and two blocks in the effort.
Columbus State will take two weeks off for the winter break before a home game vs. Clark State on Wed, Jan. 9.