Late surge not enough for women’s basketball in loss to Lakeland

Photo by Paul Vernon
Photo by Paul Vernon

KIRTLAND, Ohio – Despite a fourth quarter surge, the Columbus State women's basketball team (10-11, 4-7 OCCAC) was unable to top Lakeland (14-5, 6-3 OCCAC) in a 76-72 loss on the road Wednesday evening.

While Lakeland slightly edged the Cougars in field goal percentage (40%--39%), the Cougars shot better from the three-point range (32%--18%) and from the charity stripe (67%--48%).

Destiny Wooten led the offense with a career-best 30 points, including draining a game-high five three-pointers. Leading a balanced attack was Antishay Rahim with 16 points and 17 rebounds for her 15 season double-double. Rahim, who leads the nation in field goal percentage (64.4%), went 7-for-11 from the field.

Allyse Rutter was the other double-digit scorer with 15 points, including going 8-for-8 at the line. Rutter also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out a season-high six assists. Nycole Carter matched Rutter in assists along with adding four points. Both Wooten and Carter had a trio of steals.

Nikia Glenn-Falls chipped in five points while Lia Arnold rounded out the Cougars' scoring with two points. Glenn-Falls, Arnold, and Carter each pulled down four boards.

The Cougars return to action on Wednesday, hosting DIII Lorain County at 5:30 p.m.