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Bobcats Get First MAC Win of the Season

Jan. 11, 2007

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ATHENS, Ohio - Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) led all scorers as the Ohio women's basketball team got back on the winning track and captured their first Mid-American Conference win by defeating the Buffalo Bulls 69-66 Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats (8-7, 1-2) finished 27-for-56 (48.2-percent) from the floor and 5-for-16 (31.3-percent) from behind the three-point line. Ohio battled inside and defeated Buffalo (5-10, 0-3) in points in the paint 29-20. The Bobcats shot 10-of 16 from the free-throw line while allowing the Bulls 13 free-throw attempts.

The Bobcats managed to have three players score in double figures. Kohn led all scorers with her 21 point performance on 8-for-17 shooting from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. She added three rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in the victory. Kohn is the lone Bobcat to score in double figures in all of the team's games so far this season. Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) scored 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) added 14 points, five assists and three steals.

"With Simone out, I know as a point guard that I need to make things happen," said junior co-captain Quintana Ward. "I need to make sure we can pull out a win regardless of what the circumstances are. If the team needs more points I'll take it upon my shoulders and do what I can."

Bobcat freshman Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) made her first career start in the absence of Simone Redd, who missed her second consecutive game because of plantar fasciitis.

Stephanie Bennett led the Bulls with six assists and 20 points on 7-for-19 shooting from the field and 6-for-12 from long distance. Jamie Schiebner added 10 points and 10 boards in the loss.

Ohio's post defense was solid all evening. The Bobcat defense didn't allow the Bulls to dominate post-play and shut down Buffalo's leading scorer, Heather Turner. There were only two lead changes in the game and Ohio's largest lead increased to as many as 12 points, before the Bobcats won the game by the final margin of victory.

After a brief delay because of game clock/shot clock issues, the Bobcats went on a 13-0 run, that lasted nearly four minutes, to jump out to a 17-6 lead. Buffalo would respond with a 12-3 run of their own that made the score 20-18 with 11 minutes left in the first half. The two teams would continue to battle, but the Bobcats went on an 18-8 spurt over the last 9:17 of the half to head into halftime with a 38-30 lead.

In the first half, the Bobcats forced Buffalo into 11 turnovers. The Bobcats would capitalize on Buffalo's mistakes by scoring 18 points off the Bulls turnovers. Ohio also held the Bulls to 38.7 percent shooting from the floor.

Frederick paced the Bobcats in the first half with 12 points and two rebounds, while shooting 5-for-8 from the field. Kohn chipped in with 11 points. The Bobcats shot 16-for-30 (53.3-percent) from the floor and 3-for-8 (37.5-percent) from behind the three-point line.

In the second half, just when the Bobcats thought they had the game wrapped up, the Bulls mounted a comeback led by guard Stephanie Bennett. Bennett hit four second half three-pointers and helped Buffalo eventually tie the game with less than three minutes left in the game. After trading free throws back and forth, the Bulls nearly sent the game into overtime as Bennett missed a three-pointer as time expired.

"Any win is a good win for us," said Coach Sylvia Crawley. "I was very pleased with the effort of the team tonight. I thought late in the stretch we made better decisions as far of time/score situations and getting stops."

The Bobcats now look to stay on the winning track when they host No. 18/18 Bowling Green on Saturday, Jan. 13. Tip-off is set for scheduled for 4 p.m.


- Ohio is now 8-7 under new head coach Sylvia Crawley.

- The Bobcats are now 6-1 in the Convo this season.

- The Bobcats are now 7-1 when leading at halftime this season.

- Lauren Kohn has registered double digit points in all 15 of Ohio's games this season.