KIRTLAND, Ohio – The Columbus State women's basketball team (1-5, 0-2 OCCAC) suffered a tough 83-52 loss to an undefeated Lakeland squad on their court Wednesday evening. Despite a strong start from the Cougars, they couldn't retain their momentum, resulting in a major deficit in the fourth quarter that was largely due to turnovers.
Whitney Staggs had her fourth career double-double off of a team-high 15 points and 18 rebounds. She also dished out a career-best four assists. Melia Walder scored 12 points in her best career shooting of 57.1% from the field and 80% from the line. Lyrik Easley snagged her first career double-double with ten points and ten boards along with a career-best three blocks.
The Cougars started strong, gaining momentum through the first two quarters. Although the Lakers retained the lead throughout, Columbus State stayed within ten points for most of the game. After the third quarter however, the Cougars battled for baskets and struggled with ball control, scoring just 11 points to Lakeland's 32.
The Cougars turned the ball over 47 times, which led to 38 points from the Lakers. While they matched Lakeland in shooting percentage (32%), they managed to out-rebound the Lakers for a season-high 63 boards.
The Cougars will look to bounce back when they travel to Sinclair in Dayton on Saturday, December 1. Tip-off is 1:00 p.m.