Kiyanna Black continued her strong play on Thursday, scoring a game and career-high 26 points
Jan. 17, 2013
OXFORD, Ohio – In the 75th all-time meeting between Ohio Women’s Basketball and its rival Miami RedHawks, the Bobcats were beaten by a strong Miami squad, 78-56. Freshman guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) continued her streak of solid play, scoring a game and career-high 26 points.
Black was one of two Bobcats to score in double figures, as Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) also chipped in 10 points of her own on 3-9 shooting. Senior Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) was the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down five boards in the loss.
Miami had a very balanced scoring effort, with three student-athletes achieving double figures and nine finding the score sheet. Hannah Robertson led the way for the RedHawks, hitting 8-11 shots to end the day with 21 points. She was joined in double figures by Kristen Olowinski (19 points) and Courtney Osborn (12). Olowinski pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds to record the game’s lone double-double.
Ohio (5-10, 0-3 MAC) leapt out to an early 5-2 lead, going ahead thanks to buckets by Black and Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.). With Ohio holding a 4-2 advantage, Ashley Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio) split a pair of free throws to give the Bobcats their largest lead of the game at the 17:53 mark.
Holding a 13-9 advantage, Miami (10-6, 2-1 MAC) was then able to open up a 23-6 run to take a commanding 36-15 lead. Black was able to put it to an end with her first three-pointer of the night, connecting from the top of the key to pull the ‘Cats within 18 points (36-18). Just a few seconds later, Ohio was able to piece together a 6-0 run on three-pointers from Black and Bailes, cutting the Miami lead to 14 at 38-24.
The ‘Cats would enter halftime trailing by 13 points (41-28). Ohio shot 35.7 percent (10-28) in the first half, including operating a 3-9 clip from three-point range. Black had a very strong first 20 minutes, leading all scorers with 14 points on 6-14 shooting. The freshman went 2-4 from distance during the first frame.
New addition Laura Mastro (Endwell, N.Y.) made her Ohio debut in the first frame, playing two of the game’s first 20 minutes. Ashley Jordan (Frankfort, Ohio) would also make her Ohio debut on Thursday evening, entering the game late in the second half.
Ohio came out of the locker room with a score to settle, playing with a high level of intensity before the first media timeout of the second half. In just the first 4:09, the Bobcats cut the deficit to seven (43-36), going on an 8-2 run and forcing the RedHawks to commit four fouls.
The hosts were able to regain the momentum over the next few moments, scoring 21 of the next 28 points to take a 64-43 lead into the under-eight minute media timeout of the second half. Key during this stretch of the game for the RedHawks was Robertson, who connected on three three-point field goals to help extend Miami’s lead.
Miami held a 72-50 advantage heading into the final four minutes of the contest, a span of time which saw each team add six points to reach the final score of 78-56.
Ohio will next be in action on Sunday, Jan. 20 against Bowling Green. The Bobcats and Falcons will tip off from The Convocation Center at 2 p.m. This game will begin a brief, two-game homestand which will conclude on Jan. 23 against Central Michigan.