WESTERVILLE, Ohio - The Columbus State women's basketball team (12-13, 7-6 OCCAC) came up short after losing to Owens Community College 75-58 on Saturday afternoon at Otterbein University's Rike Center.
The Cougars had a rough first quarter, scoring only four points while the nationally ranked Owens squad tallied 29 points. Columbus State began to gain momentum in the second quarter, but struggled to keep up. By the third quarter, the women were down by 34 points. However, an epic fourth quarter run allowed them to slash their deficit in half but the early struggles to score were their downfall.
Leading the offense was Columbus State's leading scorer Carli Codner-Pinto, who had her third 30-plus point game with a game-high 30 points. She sunk in four three-pointers and went 8-for-9 at the line. Hunter Kershaw was the only other Cougar to score in double figures with 13 points, along with six rebounds and two steals.
Freshman guard Haley Gerten added six points, eight rebounds, and a game-high five steals. Gerten and teammate Brooke Pothast tied for a team-high five assists while Pothast and Alana Stokes each chipped in two points. Keyvona Davis tallied five points and pulled down a team-high ten rebounds. Davis also collected a game-high three blocks. Breann Mullins rounded out the defense with seven rebounds and two steals.
The Cougars will look to bounce back when they host the Clark State Eagles on Wed, Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m.