Remembering Desi

CBU paid tribute to the late Desi Owens (’85), Lady Buc Hall of Fame basketball and volleyball player, at the January 16 basketball game in Canale Arena. Pictured above at the memorial are (l-r) Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President, Lady Buc guard Ashley Schaefer (who shares Owens’ number 21), Sarah Condra, Lady Buc head coach, and Owens’ mother and stepfather, Ramona and Bob Townsend.

Owens was an All-Conference and All-District player on the CBU volleyball team for four years, leading CBU to three straight NAIA national tournaments. In basketball, she scored 1,290 points with 495 rebounds as she led CBU to four straight winning records, including a 23-3 mark and the VSAC West Division championship in 1982-83. Owens still holds the school record for career field goals made, and she is fifth in career scoring. Owens passed away in August 2013.