Jan. 13, 2013
AMHERST, N.Y. – In its first road Mid-American Conference action of the season, Ohio Women’s Basketball was beaten by the Buffalo Bulls, 73-36. The loss dropped the Bobcats to 5-9 on the season and 0-2 in MAC play.
An injury-shortened Ohio roster struggled from the field in the loss, connecting on 14-62 field goals (22.6 percent) including a 2-11 (18.2 percent) mark from three-point distance. The ‘Cats kept their turnover total below 20 and assisted on 10 of their 14 made field goals.
Buffalo (4-11, 2-0 MAC) shot 40.8 percent from the field, connecting on 29 of its 71 field-goal attempts. The Bulls hit the glass hard, collecting 61 rebounds to Ohio’s 32.
Rachael Gregory led all scorers with 16 points on 7-13 shooting. She was one of four Bulls who scored in double figures. Christa Baccas pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for Buffalo.
Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) led the way offensively for the Green and White, scoring 12 points on 5-23 shooting from the field. She was joined in double figures by senior forward Tina Fisher, who scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds. Senior Symone Lyles tied a career high with nine rebounds on Sunday, pulling down the most boards of any Bobcat.
Both teams struggled coming out of the gate, but Buffalo found its shooting touch shortly after the first three minutes had expired. The Bulls built a 7-4 lead and then were able to piece together a 12-0 run to take a commanding 19-4 advantage. Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) and Black were able to break up this run by hitting two important buckets down low, and the Bulls took a 21-8 lead into the under-12 media timeout.
The Bobcats were able to string together a 7-0 run beginning with a Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) jumper at the 7:59 mark. Black drained a three-pointer 25 seconds later, and then hit a jumper at the 6:05 mark to pull the ‘Cats within 19 (34-15).
Buffalo took a 41-15 advantage into the halftime break. The Bulls shot 44.7 percent from the field in the first half, connecting on 17 of their 38 field-goal attempts. Ohio went 7-33 from the field, operating at a clip of 21.2 percent. Black scored a team-high seven points in the first 20 minutes while Rachael Gregory led all scorers with 10 points. The Bulls held a 30-18 rebounding advantage at the half.
The Bobcats scored nine of the first 15 points in the second half, pulling within 23 (47-24) at the 17-minute mark when Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) drained a mid-range jumper. Four different Bobcats scored one basket apiece during this three-minute period to open the second frame.
Fisher did a good job of helping out the ‘Cats on the defensive end, as she took two hard charges in the second half to earn possession of the ball. Fisher also hit her second three of the season in the final frame, connecting on a long-range bucket from the top corner with slightly more than seven minutes remaining.
Buffalo would hold Ohio without a field goal for the final seven minutes of the game en route to earning the victory.
Ohio will next be in action on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Miami. The Bobcats and RedHawks will tip off at 7 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio.