Owens Community College is set to host the NJCAA Region XII Women's Basketball Championships this week, welcoming the top 18 Division II teams from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to compete for two district titles and the opportunity to advance to the NJCAA National Championship.
"We are honored to host these championships and invite the community to see student-athletes from throughout the Midwest here for some tough competition," said Michael Rickard, Owens Express Athletic Director.
The two single elimination tournaments begin on Tuesday, March 5, with two games starting at 6 and 8 p.m. On Wednesday-Thursday, March 6-7, both tournaments continue with games at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The District H will play quarterfinal games on Wednesday, while District G will square off in quarterfinal contests on Thursday. On Friday, March 8, the semi-final games for both districts will be at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Saturday, March 9, the championship games for District G and H will be played at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively. All games will be played in the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC), Oregon Road.
"Three year's ago Owens hosted the Men's Regional Championships, which was a huge success," Rickard said. "We are honored to once again serve as the venue for such a prestigious tournament and anticipate a very exciting week of basketball."
Owens Community College also will serve as host of the NJCAA Region XII Women's Basketball Championships in 2003.
Tickets for the event are $4 for adults and $2 for youth and senior citizens. Children 5 or under are admitted free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Athletics Office at (567) 661-7973 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7973. Admission also is free with an an Owens student ID.
The nine teams competing in District H (East) are Owens Community College (Toledo, Ohio), Wayne County Community College (Detroit, Michigan), Kirtland Community College (Roscommon, Michigan), Schoolcraft College (Livonia, Michigan), Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn, Michigan), Mott Community College (Flint, Michigan), Delta Community College (Midland, Michigan), Oakland Community College (Highland Lakes, Michigan) and Lakeland Community College (Kirtland, Ohio).
The nine District G (West) teams in the championships are Southern State Community College (Hillsboro, Ohio), Ancilla College (Donaldson, Indiana), Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo, Michigan), Muskegon Community College (Muskegon, Michigan), Edison Community College (Piqua, Ohio), Glen Oaks Community College (Centreville, Michigan), Clark State Community College (Springfield, Ohio), Lake Michigan College (Benton Harbor, Michigan) and Sinclair Community College (Dayton, Ohio).
The Express, coached by Mark Henry, bring a 21-10 record into the NJCAA Regional XII District H tournament. They will play Henry Ford Community College at 8 p.m. in quarterfinal action Wednesday, March 6. If they advance, the Express would play at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8.
This past weekend in the OCCAC state basketball championships, Coach Henry's team defeated Lakeland Community College 79-75 in a semi-final contest, advancing to the finals where they were defeated by Cincinnati State 74-57.
Owens Community College games during the tournament will be broadcast live on www.cpsports.net.
The NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship will be played March 20-23 in Hagerstown, Maryland.
On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to offering small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.
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