The Daily Express

Owens Community College Women's Basketball Opens Season Hosting Mott Community College

Owens Community College women's basketball will open its 2002-2003 home season against Mott Community College starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 2.

All home games are played at the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus, which is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission to home games is free.

The Owens women's basketball program is led by second-year Head Coach Mark Henry of Petersburg, Michigan. His Assistant Coaches are Emily Kirian of Findlay, former Owens basketball player (1996-98), and Jeff Sodd of Toledo.

The 2001-2002 edition of the women's basketball program completed the season with a 22-11 overall record. Henry's squad advanced to the championship game of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) postseason tournament and reached the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII tournament. They finished third in the OCCAC regular season standings with a 9-5 mark.

"Our coaching staff is very excited about this year's team," Henry said. "We have a very young group of players with a lot of potential. With continued hard work and dedication, I expect our team to have a successful season and compete for the OCCAC championship."

Henry added, "The only way we can achieve our goals is by taking each game one at a time."

The lone returning player from last year's team is Sherita Jackson of Toledo (Start High School). In 29 games, the sophomore center scored 40 points and grabbed 62 rebounds.

First-year players to the Express women's basketball program are Jodelynn Stiriz of Wauseon, guard (Wauseon High School); Misti Horton of Toledo, guard (Woodward High School); Stacey Weiland of Perrysburg, guard (Eastwood High School); Natalie Davis of Payne, guard (Wayne Trace High School), and Laura Wilson of Fremont, guard (Fremont Ross High School).

The Express roster also includes first-year players Catina Stubleski of Lambertville, Michigan, guard (Bedford High School); Tonia Willis of Waterville, guard (Anthony Wayne High School); Dannielle Rayle of Ottawa, guard (Pandora-Gilboa High School); Joanna Lewandowski of Genoa, center (Genoa High School); Latoya Cooper of Battle Creek, Michigan, guard (Battle Creek Central High School); Michelle Vorst of Ottoville, guard (Ottoville High School); Sarah Johnson of Sylvania, forward (Northview High School), and Shannon Kubicek of Toledo, forward (Maumee High School).

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas 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.

(Posted 10/25/02)

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