Polk and Shelton Lead the Way for Postseason Honors

Polk and Shelton Lead the Way for Postseason Honors

By Chris Schmidbauer, Sports Information Director

Toledo, OH -- On the eve of postseason play, the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) announced its All-Conference Award winners on Thursday afternoon. In total, Owens had five players named to at least one All-Conference team for the 2017-2018 regular season. 

The team's top two freshmen were the ones who walked away with the most accolades. Both Dai'Shona Polk and Da'Vina Shelton were both named to the All-Conference's first team, the All-Freshman team, and the Division II All-District 11 Team. Polk was the team's leading scorer,  averaging 16.8 points per game, and the team's second leading rebounder with 7.8 rebounds per game. Shelton was the team's second leading scorer with 16.1 points per game and had 4.7 rebounds per game. She also shot a team high 44% from three this season.

Sophomore Essence Cowan was named to the conference's second team for her final her season at Owens. Cowan averaged 12.5 points per game this season and she shot 34.1% from three for the year. Cowan was a member of the All-Freshman team a year ago. Sophomore Brenda Pennington was named as Honorable Mention for her performance this season. The Hammond, IN native finished the season averaging 12.5 points per game and she was also tops on the team in assists with 5.7 per game. Pennington was also named as an Honorable Mention last season as well. 

Finally, Kaylah Ivey was named the OCCAC All-Defensive Team. Ivey finished the season averaging 11.1 points per game and 8.4 caroms a contest. She averaged nearly a block a game this season and she affected opposing team's post players all season. 

Additionally, Polk and Pennington received additional accolades from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Polk was named as an All-American by the WBCA and she was one of just three freshman that were named to the list. Pennington was named to the WBCA as an Honorable Mention for the All-American team.

The Express finished the regular season 23-4 overall and 13-1 in the OCCAC. They are currently ranked as the #5 team in the NJCAA Division II poll heading into this weekend's District Tournament. The Express have now had 63 players named to at least one team since the 1991-1992 season in the OCCAC. Owens coach Mike Llanas has presided over 51 of those nominations.