ATHENS, Ohio -- A dominating first half on both ends of the floor led to a victory three years in the making, as the Ohio University women's basketball team (6-7, 1-1 MAC) raced out to a 19-point halftime lead that led to a 97-79 romp over Miami University (4-9, 0-2 MAC) on Thursday (Jan. 9) in a Battle of the Bricks matchup at the Convocation Center.
The victory marked Ohio's first Mid-American Conference triumph of the 2014 campaign and first victory over the RedHawks since cruising to a 76-47 win at the Convo on March 2, 2011. Miami had won the previous five matchups against Ohio. The Bobcats have already matched their overall and conference win total from 2012-13.
Ohio recorded its second wire-to-wire win in three games and surpassed the 90-point plateau for the second time in 13 contests.
The Bobcats capitalized on an opportunistic defensive effort, turning 25 Miami turnovers into 33 points. Conversely, the RedHawks managed to force just six turnovers, leading to only four points.
A season-high five Bobcats reached double figures, led by a career-high 24 points from freshman forward Quiera Lampkins (Gahnanna, Ohio). She went 9-for-12 from the field. The contest marked the fifth time this season Lampkins has reached double digits and third time she has led the team in scoring. Lampkins also hauled in a team-high seven rebounds.
Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) sunk a game-high four treys off the bench and finished in double digits for the sixth time this season with 16 points.
Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) hit double figures for the sixth time this season with 14 points.
Freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) came off the bench to score 13 points. She achieved double digits for the second time this season.
Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) knocked down three shots from beyond the arc and tallied 11 points to reach the 500-point mark in her career. She has reached double figures a team-high seven times in 2013-14 -- including each of the last three games.
The Bobcats seized control early, scoring the first nine points of the contest thanks to layups by Lampkins and Baldwin, free throws by redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) and Cooper and a trey by Byard.
Ohio's lead swelled to 14 points with just under 13 minutes to go in the half courtesy of a layup by Lampkins, but the RedHawks countered with an 11-4 run to pull within seven with just over eight minutes remaining in the stanza.
That's as close as Miami got, though, as Black nailed a trey with a little under two minutes left in the first half to cap a 27-13 run that ballooned Ohio's advantage to 21 points at 49-28.
The Bobcats carried a 19-point lead into the break. The lead swelled to a game-high 24 points when freshman guard Tmisht Stinson (Hattiesburg, Miss.) totaled the first points of her career by sinking two free throws to make it 83-59 with 8:25 to play.
The Bobcats return to the friendly confines of the Convo for their second straight home game as they welcome MAC West Division foe Western Michigan (6-7, 2-0 MAC) on Sunday (Jan. 12) as part of an Ohio hoops doubleheader. The opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. Ohio's men's basketball squad will square off against Akron at 6 p.m. ET. Fans will receive free admission to the women's game when they present their men's ticket at the gates.