Jan. 16, 2008
BUFFALO, N.Y. -
The Ohio women's basketball team used a historic shooting night and solid team defense to notch its first Mid-American Conference victory of the season Wednesday evening, defeating Buffalo 74-64, at Alumni Arena. Ohio shot 72 percent from behind the arc and made 13 3-pointers on the night, one shy of the school record, to get out to a large first half lead and cruise to victory.
Sophomore guard Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) came off the bench to lead the Ohio attack with a career-high 23 points on a career-high 6-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. Senior guard Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) and junior forward Lauren Hmiel (York, Pa.) joined Bushby in double figures, scoring 14 points and 12 points, respectively. Hmiel continued her improvement on the season, also bringing down a game-high eight rebounds.
Ohio (8-8, 1-2 MAC) and Buffalo (9-7, 2-1 MAC) exchanged baskets to begin the game, with the Bobcats holding a 17-15 advantage with 9:22 remaining before halftime. That was as close as the Bulls would get, as Ohio picked up the defensive intensity and used pinpoint accuracy from behind the arc to end the half on a 27-6 run to take a 44-21 lead into the locker room.
Ohio knocked down 8-of-11 3-point attempts, out-rebounded the Bulls 22-11 and notched 11 assists in what was one of Ohio's best 20:00 minutes of the season in the opening period. Ohio's defensive effort was equally as impressive as the Bobcats held Buffalo's leading scorer, Heather Turner, scoreless in the first half.
In the second half the Bobcats held a 50-28 lead, when Buffalo used a 12-4 run to trim the margin to just 54-40. Bushby then single-handedly ended the Bulls' run and any hopes of a comeback. The sophomore made back-to-back 3-point attempts to end the spurt and give Ohio a 60-40 advantage with 10:49 remaining. Bushby wasn't done, following a basket by the Bulls, she then nailed another 3-pointer, her fifth of the game. Ohio maintained a large lead until the final minutes, when the game was no longer in doubt. Buffalo ended the game on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to just 10 points at the final buzzer.
Ohio's 13 3-pointers (13-of-18) are the second most in school history. Six years ago Ohio made 14 3-pointers against Morris Brown (Dec. 18, 2001).
For the game the Bobcats shot 47.1 percent (24-of-51), compared to the Bulls' 42 percent (21-of-50). The only aspect of the game the Bobcats didn't excel in was taking care of the basketball. Ohio committed 25 turnovers to Buffalo's 19, but made up for it on the glass, out-rebounding the Bulls 34 to 26.
Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) had a steady game at point guard for the Bobcats, finishing with six points, six assists and just two turnovers. Chandra Myers (Sugarcreek, Ohio) chipped in with six points, four rebounds and two assists in the victory.
Buffalo was paced by Stephanie Bennett with 19 points, while Turner finished with just five points on 1-of-2 shooting.
The Bobcats return home for "Cram the Convo" on Saturday when they face rival Miami at 2 p.m.