Owens Community College women’s basketball will open its 2009-10 season against Mott Community College on Monday, Nov. 2. The season opener will begin at 6 p.m.
The Owens women’s basketball program is led by sixth-year Head Coach Michael Llanas. During his fifth year at the helm, Llanas led the Express to an 18-12 overall record and a third-place finish in the OCCAC (7-5 record). Owens lost to Oakland Community College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships last year. Llanas’ Assistant Coaches are Stephen Perry and Melanie Schroeder.
All home games are free and occur at the College’s Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.
“Our coaching staff is very excited about this year’s team,” Llanas said. “We have a great group of both first-year and returning players who bring high intensity, great athleticism and a strong work ethic to the basketball court each and every day. This team has the opportunity to be very successful and achieve great things both during the regular season and in the postseason.”
In addition, the Owens women’s basketball program has earned the distinction of being ranked No. 11 in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll. Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa received the No. 1 ranking.
The Express have five players returning from last year’s team, including Sarah Clark of Delphos (Delphos St. John’s H.S.) and Ashley Hooker of Toledo (Whitmer H.S.). In 2008-09, Clark led the team with a 15.3 points per game average. The sophomore guard/forward also averaged
7.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals for the Express. Her postseason honors included OCCAC All-Conference Second Team selection. Hooker, a sophomore guard/forward, averaged 3.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1 assist during the 2008-09 season. She received the team’s Most Improved Player award and was an NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Team selection.
Also returning to Llanas’ squad are Kaila Corrothers of Detroit (Detroit Consortium H.S.), Kelsey Perry of Willard (Willard H.S.) and Brittany Darling of Curtice (Genoa H.S.). Corrothers, a sophomore guard, averaged 4.2 points during the season. During the 2008-09 season, Perry, a sophomore guard, averaged two points, 1.6 rebounds and one assist for the Express. Darling is a sophomore center and averaged 7.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks for the women’s basketball program last year.
First-year players to the Express women’s basketball program are Rashanna Johnson of Columbus, point guard (Whitehall-Yearling H.S.); Nasumbi Beard of Mansfield, point guard (Ontario H.S.); Demi Moschetti of Perrysburg, forward/center (Perrysburg H.S.); Jasmine Blanton of Toledo, guard (Notre Dame Academy); Jordan Floyd of Waterville, guard/forward (Anthony Wayne H.S.); Renee Bidlack of Payne, forward (Wayne Trace H.S.); Gabbie Cerovski of Hebron, guard (Lakewood H.S.); Saige Meyer of Deshler, guard (Patrick Henry H.S.), and Karrah Windau of Carey, forward (Carey H.S.).