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Ohio Falls to Bowling Green on Sunday, 67-41

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Ohio's defense forced Bowling Green into 15 turnovers on Sunday
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Ohio's defense forced Bowling Green into 15 turnovers on Sunday
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Jan. 20, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio – A hot-shooting Bowling Green team came away from The Convocation Center with a win on Sunday, as the Falcons beat the Ohio Bobcats by a final score of 67-41. The loss dropped Ohio to 5-11 (0-4 Mid-American Conference) and improved Bowling Green to 12-5 (3-1).

Three Bobcats scored in double figures on Sunday afternoon, as Kiyanna Black (14 points), Symone Lyles (11), and Erin Bailes (10) all had solid offensive outings. Lyles was just one point off of tying her career high, a mark which she achieved against UNC-Wilmington during the 2010-11 season. These three student-athletes combined for 85 percent of Ohio’s points on Sunday, as the Bobcats struggled against the strongest defense in the MAC, shooting 15-51 (29.4 percent) on the afternoon.

Black’s game-high 14 points marked the 10th time this season she has scored at least 10 points. One of the league’s top-scoring freshmen, the Columbus native has achieved at least 12 points in four of her last five games.

Bowling Green won in large part thanks to a very balanced offensive effort, with all 10 participating players scoring at least two points. Miriam Justinger led the way for the visitors, scoring 13 points on 5-9 shooting from the field. The Falcons shot 58.3 percent in the first half and ended the game at a clip of 48.1 percent (second best of the season for BG), going 26-54 from the floor. Bowling Green was very effective from beyond the arc, shooting 8-17 (47.1 percent) from range.

Ohio took an early 3-2 advantage 31 seconds into the contest when Black (Columbus, Ohio) hit a three-pointer after a nice pass from Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.). Bowling Green answered back quickly, going on a 10-0 run during the next 5:07 to leap out to a 12-3 advantage. Once Ohio cut the lead to three points (13-10), the Falcons went on a 12-0 run to grasp a 25-10 advantage at the 8:43 mark.

The teams played a balanced final eight minutes of the first half, with the visitors outscoring Ohio 9-7.

Bowling Green shot a brisk 58 percent clip (14-24) in the first half, a mark which included a 5-8 (62.5 percent) success rate from three-point range. The MAC-leading Falcon defense forced Ohio into 11 turnovers and only allowed the Bobcats to shoot 24 percent (6-25) from the field. Through the first 20 minutes of play, Black and BG’s Miriam Justinger were tied atop the score sheet, each chipping in eight points to their team’s scoring efforts.

Ohio was outscored by just seven (31-24) during the final 20 minutes of the game and shot an improved 34.6 percent. Bailes had a strong second half, scoring eight of her 10 points in the final stanza.

Ohio will next be in action on Wednesday, Jan. 23 against Central Michigan. The Bobcats and Chippewas will tip off at 7 p.m. from The Convocation Center.