Tanya Bowens Breaks Two Thousand Point Barrier
On Saturday afternoon, at about 1:15 PM, something happened on the basketball court that has only happened one other time in the storied history of the Women's Basketball program at Kentucky Christian University. It happened the first time in 1997, a different era in sports at KCU, before Kentucky Christian joined the NAIA as an Independent, and at a time when KCU Women’s Basketball had only won a handful of National Championships.
About 4 minutes into the game on Saturday, Tanya Bowens, senior guard, scored her 2000th point as a Lady Knight basketball player. The Lady Knights were playing the Royals of Johnson University, from Knoxville, TN. KCU was trailing but beginning to rally, when Bowens took a typical jumper from the left elbow of the foul line, dropping it in for 2, and what would be points #1999 and #2000 in her KCU career. With that basket, she joined Tabitha (Hannum) Hall as the only Lady Knights ever to score 2000 points. Tab Hall did so during the post-season in the 1997 National Championship run. Bowens went on to score 36 more points, leading to a career-high 38, while the Lady Knights defeated Johnson University by 13, 78-65.
In her career at KCU, Tanya scored 447 as a freshman, 516 her second year, 684 last year, and 389 thus far this season. She has averaged 17.3 points per game over her career, and is in the current season top ten in statistics in the NAIA-II in three categories: #3 in points-per-game (24.5), #8 in assists per game (5.5), and #9 in Free Throw Percentage (87.5).
Tanya is a senior education major from Louisa, KY, having played high school basketball for the Lawrence Co Lady Bulldogs. She is student teaching this semester to complete her education degree, and she plans to teach and coach basketball when her playing career is over.