Women's National Tournament Hopes Dashed After Regional Final Loss

Tezzaeria Christian was one of four Cougars to score in double figures in Monday's regional final loss.
Tezzaeria Christian was one of four Cougars to score in double figures in Monday's regional final loss.

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – After two losses to the nationally-ranked Owens Express, the Columbus State women's basketball team was hoping to cause an upset at Ohio Christian University on Monday night. The loss marks the end of the 2018-19 season for the Cougars while the Express advance to the district championship.

Inside the Game

- Region XII DIII Championship. 0-3 against Owens this season.

- Final Score: Owens 74, Columbus State 62.

- Record: Columbus State (7-18, 4-10 OCCAC), Owens (22-8, 14-2 OCCAC)

Key Points

- The Cougars committed less turnovers than Owens (12-18) and scored more points off their lost possessions (15-7).

- Despite Owens leading by as many as 20 points, the Cougars managed to chip away at it, getting as close as six points.

Key Statistics

- Melia Walder led all players with a career-best 16 rebounds, along with scoring 15 points and dishing out three assists.

- Saraysia Nelson matched Walder's 15 points.

Whitney Staggs added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

- Tezzaeria Christian chipped in ten points and a team-high three steals.