SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 31, 2013) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) junior guard Nashae Owens reached 1,006 career points during the Saints' third annual OLLU Halo Classic on Tuesday. Owens, who entered the game against Bethel University with 999 points, scored seven points to become the third member of the OLLU Saints women's basketball team's 1,000-Point Club. She achieved this feat quicker than any other Saints' woman -- in 77 games.
Last year, senior forward Alisha Crump scored 16 points to become the second member of the club after 101 games. She ended her college career with 1,055 points. During the 2011-2012 season, junior guard Stacey Darnley became the first member of the 1,000-Point Club achieving this feat after 91 games. She ended her time at OLLU with 1,169 points.
Owens, a native of Pearland, Texas, attended Alvin High School. She joined the Saints during the 2011-2012 season, when she scored 379 points averaging 11.1 points a game. Last season, Owens scored 507 points and averaged 14.9 points per game.
At the conclusion of last season, Owens led the Saints in career free throws made (245), career free-throw percentage (.780), most points in a single season (507), total field goals made in a season (177), most free throws made/attempted in a season (140/182), free-throw percentage in a season (.795), best free-throw percentage in a single game (11/11) and most steals in a game (9).
Owens was named to the NAIA All-American Honorable Mention Team last season. Her other awards include NAIA Champions of Character (2011-2012/2012-2013), All-Conference Second Tea,m (2011-2012), All-Conference First Team (2012-2013), All-Tournament Team MVP (2011-2012), Conference Freshman of the Year (2011-2012), Conference Scholar Athlete (2011-2012/2012-2013) and Women's Basketball Top Saint (2013).
This season, Owens is averaging 14.1 points, 4.6 assists and 3.1 steals. She scored a career-high 26 points this season against Xavier University when she went 8-for-14. Also against Xavier, Owens made 9-of-11 free throws. In the game against Wayland Baptist University, Owens finished with eight assists, and yesterday, she recorded six steals against Evangel.
Owens is majoring in psychology at OLLU.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click on the logo below: www.championsofcharacter.org.