By Chris Schmidbauer, Sports Information Director
Toledo, OH -- Through the first three periods, Owens and Schoolcraft played a pretty tightly contested game. Then the fourth quarter happened. The Express would suffocate the Ocelots with full court pressure, creating turnovers which lead to easy baskets. Owens would outscore Schoolcraft 22-5 in the final period of play, en route to their 83-61 win in the home opener.
Owens lead just 61-55 at the end of the third period, but head coach Mike Llanas could be overheard telling his team that he "wanted to put Schoolcraft away." The Express unleashed their full court press, and the Ocelots wilted under the relentless defense. Owens was able to convert on 7 field goals from the field in the final period while Schoolcraft made just one shot over the final ten minutes of play.
Freshman Dai'Shona Washington-Polk caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of her game high 25 points. Another fellow freshman Da'Vina Shelton scored 13 of her 15 points in the first half. Sophomore Brenda Pennington also finished in double digits with 13 points on the evening.
Schoolcraft was lead in points by freshman Megan Sandiha, who finished with 22 points. Freshman C'Erra Maholmes also finished in double digits with 17 points.
Owens is now 1-0 on the season after their win. They will be in action once again at the SHAC tomorrow night when they host Lorain Community College at 5:00 PM. The game will be the second of four games the women's team will play this weekend. They will host Monroe Community College on Friday night and then play Vincennes University on Saturday in the Express Classic.