Jan. 5, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Ohio women's basketball team used another strong defensive effort Saturday evening to sail past Navy, 81-52, in Alumni Hall in the Bobcats' final non-conference game before the start of Mid-American Conference play. Ohio improves to 7-6 on the season, while Navy falls to 4-11.
Ohio senior Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) led all players with 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Ohio sophomore Jennifer Poff (St. John's, Mich.) joined Kohn in double figures, notching a new career-high with 12 points to go with five assists and senior Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) once again supplied a spark off the bench for the Bobcats, scoring 15 points, all in the second half.
Redd's 15 points came in 14 minutes of playing time, as she made 6-of-7 shots, including all three of her 3-point attempts. Redd is now within four points of the 1,000 point plateau for her Bobcat career.
The Bobcats used a total team effort to cruise to the victory, with the bench totaling 35 points, compared to Navy's eight bench points. A total of 11 players scored for the Bobcats.
In the first half Ohio's swarming defense gave the Bobcats a double-digit lead, as the Midshipmen shot 19 percent from the field (4-of-21) and turned the ball over 12 times. For the game Ohio held Navy to 29.1 percent shooting (16-for-55), while the `Cats connected on 49.2 percent of their shots (31-for-63), including 10-of-19 3-pointers (52.6 percent).
Navy tried to rally back to begin the second half and managed to trim the lead to 40-28, when Ohio scored 10 straight points and 14 of the next 18 to take control of the game with a commanding 54-32 lead at the 10:43 mark. The Bobcats' lead never dipped below 16 points the remainder of the contest and the margin grew to as many as 30 when freshman reserve Allie LaForce (Vermilion, Ohio) nailed a 3-pointer with 2:10 to play, bringing the score to 80-50.
Navy scored the first basket of the game, but that would be the Midshipmen's only lead. Kohn immediately responded with a 3-pointer on the other end and the Bobcats never relinquished the lead the rest of the way. Ohio's lead grew to 13-5 as the Bobcats knocked down three of their first four 3-point attempts. Following a brief Navy run, which cut the margin to five points, the Bobcats ended the first half on a 15-6 run to enter halftime with a 28-14 edge.
The win gives Ohio its first back-to-back victories since defeating Presbyterian and Cleveland State earlier this season.
The Bobcats return to the Convocation Center on Wednesday, Jan. 9, when they open MAC play against Kent State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.