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Published 2/27/03
Owens Hosts NJCAA Region XII Women's Basketball Championships, Tuesday-Saturday, March 4-8

The top 19 Division II women's basketball teams from Ohio and Michigan will converge on the Owens Community College Toledo-area Campus this coming week to compete in the NJCAA Region XII Championships, Tuesday-Saturday, March 4-8. Teams participating in the tournament will be vying for the opportunity to advance to the NJCAA National Championships.

"Owens Community College is honored to be selected among community colleges throughout the region to host such a prestigious tournament," said Michael Rickard, Owens Director of Athletics. "This is the fifth year for Owens to serve as the NJCAA Women's Basketball Region XII Championship tournament site. The event has been very successful in years past and I anticipate another exciting week of basketball action."

The tournament will be divided into two districts: District H (East) and District G (West). Seeding for both brackets will be finalized this weekend, following state tournament competition in both Ohio and Michigan. The winners from each district will advance to the NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Championships, which will be played March 19-22 in Hagerstown, Maryland.

The two single elimination tournaments begin on Tuesday, March 4 with three games starting at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday, March 5 and 6, both tournaments continue with quarterfinal games at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. District H will play quarterfinal games on Wednesday, while District G will square off in quarterfinal contests on Thursday. On Friday, March 7, the semifinal games for both districts will be at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The championship games for Districts H and G will be played on Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

All games will be played in 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.

The teams participating in the tournament from Ohio are Owens Community College (Toledo), Clark State Community College (Springfield), Edison State Community College (Piqua), Lakeland Community College (Kirtland), Sinclair Community College (Dayton) and Southern State Community College (Hillsboro).

Tournament participants from Michigan include Delta Community College (University Center), Glen Oaks Community College (Centreville), Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids), Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo), Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek), Kirtland Community College (Roscommon), Lansing Community College (Lansing), Mott Community College (Flint), Muskegon Community College (Muskegon), Oakland Community College (Highland Lakes), St. Clair County Community College (Port Huron), Schoolcraft Community College (Livonia) and Wayne County Community College (Detroit).

The Express, coached by Mark Henry, bring an 18-9 overall record into the NJCAA Region XII District H tournament. Henry's squad finished the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season tied for third place (Edison State Community College) with a 9-5 mark. In this week's final NJCAA Division II poll, the Express are ranked No. 18 in the nation.

Owens will begin NJCAA regional tournament play with a quarterfinal game on Wednesday, March 5. Beginning at 6 p.m., the Express will play the third seed of Michigan's state tournament. If they advance, Owens will play at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 7. All Owens Express regional basketball games will be broadcast live on WCWA-AM 1230.

Tickets for the NJCAA Region XII Women's Basketball Championships are $4 for adults and $2 for youth and senior citizens. Children ages 5 or under are admitted free. Admission also is free with a valid Owens student, employee or alumni ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the College's Athletics Office at (567) 661-7973 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7973.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. 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. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, 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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