Jan. 15, 2014
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KENT, Ohio -- It was a tale of two halves at the M.A.C. Center on Wednesday (Jan. 15), and the Ohio University women's basketball team (8-7, 3-1 MAC) won the battle in the final 20 minutes of play to down Kent State University (3-12, 0-4 MAC), 76-59, in a Mid-American Conference East Division clash.
The Bobcats have won three straight, marking Ohio's longest conference winning streak since reeling off three in a row in 2008-09. Ohio is off to its best start to MAC play since opening 3-1 in 2004-05.
The contest saw Ohio put five players in double figures for the second time in the last three games, with freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) matching her career high of 18 points in what amounted to a Homecoming game for the rookie post player. She reached double figures for the third time this season.
Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) hit double figures for the second time in the last three games, totaling 13 points. She has achieved double digits for the seventh time this season and 12th time in her career. Baldwin also hauled in a team-high eight rebounds.
Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) added 11 points and recorded a career-high five steals. She reached double figures in scoring for a team-high eighth time this season and 22nd time in her career.
Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) and freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) each chipped in 10 points. Yelle reached double digits for the fifth time while achieved double figures for the second time in the last three games and third time this season.
Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) matched her career-high by dishing out six assists.
The Bobcats were forced to overcome a tough first half in which Kent State shot 50.0% from the field, limited Ohio to 34.5% shooting, forced five Bobcat turnovers and coaxed 14 Ohio fouls -- including four by Boesinger and three by Cooper.
The second half, however, was a different story.
Trailing 32-28 out of the break, Ohio rattled off a 16-2 over the first four minutes to take a 44-34 lead. Boesinger and Black keyed the charge by knocking down a pair of treys.
Kent State shaved Ohio's lead back to seven points with just over 13 minutes to play, but that's as close as the Bobcats allowed the Flashes to get to regaining the lead.
When the dust settled, Ohio outshot Kent State 57.1%-28.1% in the second half, knocked down seven treys and committed just one turnover while forcing five.
Ohio returns to the friendly continues of the Convocation Center in Athens on Saturday (Jan. 18), hosting MAC West Division opponent Ball State University at 2 p.m. ET.