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Published 3/1/2004
Owens Hosts NJCAA Region XII Women's Basketball Championships, March 2-6

The top 18 Division II women's basketball teams from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana will converge on the Owens Community College Toledo-area Campus this coming week to compete in the NJCAA Region XII Championships, Tuesday-Saturday, March 2-6. Tournament participants will be vying for the opportunity to advance to the NJCAA National Championships.

"Owens Community College is pleased to once again host the highest level of intercollegiate basketball competition," said Michael Rickard, Owens Director of Athletics. " This is the sixth year that Owens has served as venue for the NJCAA Women's Basketball Region XII Championships. I anticipate another exciting week of basketball action."

The tournament will be divided into two districts: District H (East) and District G (West). Winners from each district will advance to the NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Championships, which will be played March 17-20 in Overland Park, Kansas.

The two single elimination tournaments begin on Tuesday, March 2, with two games starting at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday, March 3 and 4, both tournaments continue with games at 1 p.m., 3 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 5, the semifinal games for both districts will be at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The championship games for Districts H and G will be played on Saturday, March 6, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

All games will be held in the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo.

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

Tournament participants from Michigan include Delta College (Midland), Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids), Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo), Kirtland Community College (Roscommon), Lake Michigan College (Benton Harbor), 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 College (Livonia) and Wayne County Community College (Detroit).

The lone participating community college from Indiana is Ancilla Community College (Donaldson).

The Express, coached by Matt Godfrey, bring a 20-9 overall record into the NJCAA Region XII District H tournament. Godfrey's squad finished the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season in fourth place with a 9-5 mark.

Owens will begin NJCAA regional tournament play with a quarterfinal game on Wednesday, March 3. Beginning at 6 p.m., the Express will play Schoolcraft College. If they advance, Owens will play at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6.

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) 661-7974 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7974.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio 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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