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Bobcats Drop One to Broncos

Jan. 20, 2007

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio (9-9, 2-4 MAC) women's basketball team dropped a 71-55 decision to conference foe Western Michigan (8-12, 1-5 MAC) on Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats shot only 25 percent from the field, connecting on 17-of-68 attempts and nailed only 2-of-20 from beyond the arc. The `Cats also shot 90.5 percent from the free throw line, hitting 19-of-21, including a perfect 11-of-11 in the second half.

"This type of performance was exactly what I saw from our team yesterday at practice," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "We haven't had good practices over the last couple of days and I'm a firm believer that you practice like you play in games. We've got to get back to working hard in practice, back to being aggressive in practice."

Junior Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) led Ohio with 13 points, including a 6-of-6 performance from the free throw line. Kohn also had five rebounds. Senior Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) had 12 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks before fouling out with five minutes left in the game.

Sophomore Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) recorded a double-double of 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Frederick also had two steals. Freshman Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) had seven of the Bobcats 11 bench points and junior Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) added seven points, four rebounds and three assists.

"We have to take more pride in our defense," said Crawley. "Offensively we struggled, because we weren't shooting well, and our defense normally triggers our offense. But because we weren't getting our shot, we weren't able to have a lot of fast break opportunities. We weren't able to capitalize off of their turnovers, things that normally would give us some quick easy buckets. The fact that we didn't shoot well didn't help at all, it became mental. We got called for some moving screens that deflated us, and made us not to want to be really aggressive and want to attack."

Western Michigan was led by Carrie Moore with a game-high 31 points. Tiera Delahoussaye had 11 points and Sara Vest added 11 rebounds.

"I thought their game plan was to shut down Lauren Kohn," said Crawley. "Our game plan was to shut down Carrie Moore, and that didn't happen. She had 18 points in the first half. Our goal was to keep her to 12 points. Somewhere along the line we fell way short of our goal."

After outscoring Ohio 36-20 over the final 17 minutes of the first half, Western Michigan had a 12-point, 36-24, lead at halftime.

The Broncos quickly extended its lead to 14, 40-26, in the opening minutes of the second half. Two free throws from Kohn and a layup by Kohn at 17:24 pulled the `Cats within 10. Ohio could not find its rhythm as Western Michigan led by as much as 21 points en route to winning the game 71-55.

The Bobcats return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 23 against Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. at The Convo.