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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Quintana Ward encourages teammate Lauren Hmiel before Hmiel takes foul shots in the second half. (AP Photo/ Michael King)
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Quintana Ward encourages teammate Lauren Hmiel before Hmiel takes foul shots in the second half. (AP Photo/ Michael King)
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Jan. 13, 2007

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio women's basketball team (8-8, 1-3) dropped a 64-55 decision to the reigning two-time Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

Senior Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the lone Bobcat to score in double figures, with 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting from the field and 2-for-4 from the charity stripe. She added eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the loss. Freshmen Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) and Alana Trotter (Racine, Wisc.) provided an offensive spark for the Bobcats, as the duo contributed nine points and eight rebounds apiece.

Bushby, who made her second career start, shot 3-for-6 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the three-point line. Bushby also added eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Trotter also totaled eight rebounds and three steals.

Carin Horne led the Falcons with 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting from the field and 2-for-6 from long distance. Ali Mann added 13 points and six boards. Jasmine McCall chipped in eight points and five steals.

The Bobcats finished 20-for-48 (41.7-percent) from the floor and 7-for-13 (53.8-percent) from behind the three-point line. Both teams battled inside and Ohio managed a tie with No. 18 Bowling Green (14-2, 4-0) in points in the paint 20-20. The Bobcats shot 7-of-13 from the free-throw line while allowing the Falcons 16 free-throw attempts.

Ohio's defensive strategy was solid all evening. The Bobcat defense held the Falcons to 64 points, which is 10 points lower than their season average. There were six lead changes in the game and Ohio's largest lead increased to as many as four points, before the Falcons eventually won the game by the final margin of victory.

"They are a very tough team to defend," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "They cause a lot of match up problems. I was proud of the way our team fought tonight, but. I just thought we turned the ball over to much and that hurt us. The little things make a big difference in games like this. As far as I know I think we have played them the closest of any MAC team this year, so that's the positive. The other good thing that I walk away with is that I was very pleased with our bench, and how they performed tonight."

The first half was played tight as both teams traded blows and withstood any runs made. The two teams would continue to battle, but the Falcons went on an 11-2 spurt over the last five minutes of the half to head into halftime with a 28-23 lead. The Bobcats forced six BGSU turnovers. and capitalized on the Falcons mistakes by scoring eight points off their turnovers. Ohio also held the Falcons to 11-for-33 shooting from the floor (33.3-percent).

Bushby paced the Bobcats in the first half with nine points and seven rebounds, while shooting 3-for-4 from the field. Silva chipped in with five points. Simone Redd, who missed the last two games due to a foot injury, added three points. The Bobcats shot 8-for-22 (36.4-percent) from the floor and 4-for-6 (66.7-percent) from behind the three-point line.

The Falcons opened the second half on a 7-0 run over the first four minutes of the half. Ohio would answer with a 10-4 run that would last over three minutes. BGSU started to heat up and pulled away as Horne and Liz Honegger stepped up knocked down big shots. Honegger scored 10 second half points, while Horne added eight points. Ohio tried to rally behind Quintana Ward's (Park Forest, Ill.) nine point half, but eventually fell by the final margin of defeat.

"We need to learn how to rally together as a team, and have someone else step it up when one our key player's is out or taken out of the game by our opponents defense," said Crawley. "Other people have to step it up. I think our team really wanted this game tonight, we just didn't quite know how to get it done."

The Bobcats now look to get back on the winning track when they travel to Akron on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Notes:

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

- The Bobcats are now 6-2 in the Convo this season.