CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – The Columbus State women's basketball team (12-14, 7-8 OCCAC) defeated the Hocking College Hawks (4-25) for the third time this season to clinch the Region XII DIII Championship and advance to the District B Championship.
Sophomore forward Hunter Kershaw led all players with 36 points, her second-highest career accumulation. She shot 15-for-26 from the field while grabbing eight boards and dishing out four assists.
Sophomore center Keyvona Davis had the game's lone double-double, her 25th career one with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Sophomore guards Allyse Rutter and Carli Codner-Pinto scored 13 and 10 points respectively. Rutter had seven rebounds and five assists while Codner-Pinto had six of each along with a game-high five steals.
Columbus State had a dominant balanced attack against the Hawks. They outshot Hocking 44.4%-40.3%, outrebounded 51-27, and had double the number of assists 24-12.
The Cougars are now one win away from competing in the NJCAA DIII National Championship. They compete for the District Title against No. 1 Rock Valley (29-2, 13-0 N4C) Sat, Mar. 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Ohio Christian University's Maxwell Center.