Columbus State Falls to Owens in District Championship Game

Columbus State Falls to Owens in District Championship Game

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – The Columbus State women's basketball team was defeated 91-81 in a hard-fought battle against Owens in the NJCAA District I Championship on Saturday afternoon.

After emerging victorious against Cincinnati State 72-63 in the semifinals on Friday, the Cougars knew they had a tough road ahead for the following day versus No. 2 Owens. This was Columbus State's first appearance in the district title game since 2000.

The Cougars struggled early with the biggest deficit in the game occurring in the first six minutes of the first half, trailing the Express by 13 points. Amplifying their offense, the Cougars rallied to reduce the deficit to just two points by halftime.

Jaslynn Rollins came out hot in the first half as she poured in 12 points and snatched 11 rebounds for the Cougars.

In the second half, the Cougars hustled on the court, staying close to the Express. Erinn Bailey's 15 points and Paige Lewis' eight rebounds kept the Cougars in the game.

Columbus State continued to press the Express but Owens' defense made it difficult for the Cougars on the inside. Breyonia Hearn was able to drive the ball to the basket, resulting in 13 points.

Columbus State's big advantage came from out-rebounding the Express 44-33, 31 of the rebounds coming from Owens' missed shots.

Rollins and Lewis each recorded double-doubles in the game. Rollins had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds. She also blocked three shots. Lewis finished the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Bailey concluded the game with 21 points and eight rebounds. Kierstynn Myers went 6-for-6 from the free throw line and finished with nine points.

Ashley Tunstall led Owens with 31 points and eight rebounds while Sierra Harley had 16 points and six rebounds.

The Cougars' shortcomings' came from the free-throw line and turnovers, shooting 69.7% compared to Owens 81.8% and turning the ball over 18 times, compared to Owens' 9.

Columbus State did have a slightly better field goal and three point percentage with 45% and 44%, compared to Owens 42% and 33% respectively.

The women finish the season with the record of 21-5.