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Lady Cougars defend winning record

Women's basketball

Freshmen guard Paige Lewis, from Springfield, drives to the basket during practice Thursday, Dec. 19. Photo by Samuel Soza

The Columbus State Lady Cougars basketball team will take on Lorain County Community College in a home game Jan. 4.

The Lady Cougars have clawed their way to an 11-1 record this season under the eye of head coach Joel Renner, native of Forest, Ohio.

In his third season as head coach, Renner is building a team with only one returning squad member.

"We knew on-court chemistry would take a while to form, but the team is getting progressively more comfortable each game," he said. "We are very proud of our defensive intensity and our focus on details."

The Lady Cougars netted two back-to-back wins in December and have set their sights on improving their no. 15 ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Associate's top-20 ranks once conference play starts.

Renner, whose career record at Columbus State is 48-23,is confident in his squad.

"I have been very pleased with our team's ability to immediately adjust our game plan when needed," he said. "The players' ability to work hard to grasp more complex plays and concepts than they may be used to has made us a better team."

Amidst a packed schedule, the team is also preparing for spring semester classes to begin Jan. 13. The team's success in and outside of their athletics is important to Renner.

"We want all of our players to demonstrate a positive attitude; make a total commitment to being the best they can be and the best our team could be; and to always behave in a first-class manner," he said.

The Lady Cougars' schedule stretches through Feb. 22 and includes eight more home games. Home games are always free to staff and students. Women's Basketball site.

The men's basketball team is sitting on a 7-2 record with the new year coming up. Watch the Columbus State homepage for more coverage.