By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information
Elyria, Ohio---The No. 11 Owens Community College women's basketball team trounced Lorain County Community College 116-50 on Wednesday with a historical offensive performance.
With the win, Owens is now 11-6 overall and 3-0 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) play.
All seven players who dressed for Owens scored in double figures. Four of them produced double-doubles, with Briana Williams (Stebbins/Dayton, Ohio) falling two rebounds shy of a triple-double, and five players notched career-high scoring totals.
Playing without three players, including its leading scorer Aysah Ingram (Trotwood-Madison/Dayton, Ohio), Owens opened the game on an 11-0 run, led by four points apiece from Jeryn Reese (Mansfield/Mansfield, Ohio) and Sybil Roseboro (Elyria/Elyria, Ohio).
With 2:49 left in the first quarter, Lorain County managed to cut the Owens lead down to three, but Williams hit a pair of free throws to start an 8-0 run, which was capped by a jumper from Mikayla Ward (Huron/Ypsilanti, Mich.), to give Owens a 25-17 lead through one.
The second quarter began with a 10-2 run, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Williams, that put Owens up 16. Later, a 9-2 run put Owens up 44-23 with 4:10 left. Williams hit another 3-pointer with 34 seconds left as Owens took a 56-31 lead into halftime.
In the first half, Owens outscored Lorain County 32-2 off turnovers, 18-6 in the paint and 11-0 in second chance points.
Owens led 64-37 with 6:08 left in the third quarter before going on a 23-0 run over the next 4:52 and taking an 87-39 lead into the fourth. Reynolds scored the final nine points during the run.
The fourth quarter picked where the previous one left off as Owens scored the first 10 points, led by four from Reese. After Lorain County scored five straight points, Owens scored the next nine points to open up a 106-44 lead with 3:38 left. The run was capped by a 3-pointer from Williams.
Lorain County's Madi Bonner ended the run with a 3-pointer, but Owens closed the game on a 10-3 run, which included four points from Roseboro.
In the fourth quarter alone, Owens outscored Lorain County 24-2 in the paint, 12-0 off turnovers and 12-0 in bench points.
Reese produced season and game-highs in points (24), rebounds (21) and offensive rebounds (14), while adding three steals, two blocks and one assist. She finished 9-for-24 from the field and matched her point total from the previous four games behind. Coincidentally enough, she was coming off her first scoreless game of the season.
Roseboro, playing in front of her hometown and in just her third game this year, had season-highs in points (13), rebounds (12) and assists (5).
Ward had a career-high 13 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and a career-high five blocks. She also tied her season-high with two steals.
Williams totaled a season-high 19 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and four steals. She was 6-for-9 from the field, including a 5-for-7 finish from 3-point range, and she tied her career-high in assists. Furthermore, she produced a season-high five made 3-point field goals.
Reynolds finished second on the team in scoring with a career-high 21 points on 9-for-17 shooting, while Lakyn Gulley (South Side/Fort Wayne, Ind.) added 15 points, eight assists, six steals and three rebounds. She finished 5-for-13 from 3-point range.
Gulley's 15 points marked her sixth straight game in double figures, while her assist and steal totals were both season-highs.
Kyra Johnson (Stevenson/Livonia, Mich.) had a career-high 11 points, a career-high seven steals, six rebounds and a season-high three assists.
Defensively, Owens produced 34 turnovers from Lorain County via 25 steals. They also dished out 31 assists, while outscoring Lorain County 54-12 in the paint, 50-4 off turnovers, 26-3 in second chance points and 24-2 in bench points. They also produced 40 offensive rebounds, compared to just four from Lorain County.
Tonight was the highest scoring output of the season for Owens, and their highest since a 118-33 win over Lakeland Community College on Jan. 23, 2013. The previous season-high was 101 vs Kellogg Community College on Nov. 11.
Tonight's win also snapped a two-game losing streak for Owens, which hadn't occurred since Nov. 23-24, 2012.
Lorain County, who had Onyx Lopez (19) and Angel Blakely (12) combine for 31 of the team's 50 points, fell to 5-9 overall and 0-4 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) play.
As a team, Owens fell nine points shy of tying the single game scoring record, but their 108 field goal attempts broke the old record of 97 set Dec. 16, 2009 against Alpena Community College. They also fell four made field goals shy of tying that school record. However, they did tie the single game record for rebounds with 75, which was also reached on Feb. 3, 2010 vs Cuyahoga Community College.
Individually, Gulley's 13 3-point field goal attempts was one short of tying three other players for the single game record. Reese's 21 rebounds was one shy of tying Karahn Scott's record from Jan. 20, 2013 against Edison Community College.
Owens finished 44-for-108 from the field (14-for-31 from 3-point range) and 14-for-26 from the foul line.