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Redd Torches Zips for 33 in Bobcat Win

Jan. 21, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - Simone Redd netted a career-high 33 points, and the Bobcats never trailed Saturday in a 63-55 win over Akron in Mid-American Conference action in the Convocation Center.

Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) hit a career-best four three-pointers on her way to a 33-point effort, tied for the ninth-highest output in school history. The Bobcats (6-10, 3-2 MAC) doubled up Akron (3-13, 0-5 MAC) in the first half, 34-17, and held on in the second frame to pick up the league win. Ohio has now won 10 in-a-row over the Zips.

Redd, the league's reigning Sixth Man of the Year, hit 4-of-5 attempts from the three-point line and knocked down 11-of-12 free-throw tries. She pulled down six boards and dished out three assists.

Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) was Ohio's only other double-figure scorer. The true freshman scored 13 points--hitting double digits for the eighth-straight game--and grabbed seven rebounds. Ciara Iglehart (Mission Viejo, Calif.) picked up a game-high eight boards.

The Bobcats lived by the three-ball in the early going and was successful in doing it. Ohio hit 7-of-15 three-point attempts in the first half, and finished the frame with just three two-point baskets. Redd and Frederick kicked-off the game with a pair of triples to give Ohio an early 6-0 lead, an advantage the Cats would never relinquish.

In the final 3-plus minutes of the first half, Redd scored Ohio's last seven points and lifted the Bobcats to a game-high 17-point lead.

The Zips heated up in the second half and trimmed the Bobcat lead to single digits on several occasions. From the 13:21 mark until 7:59 remained in the game, Akron's Jessie Crooks scored 13-straight Akron points, carving the deficit down to five.

It was not until less than 30 seconds remained in the game that Akron would get any closer. Ohio led 57-53 with 28 seconds remaining, but the Bobcats managed to convert 6-of-8 free-throw tries in the closing seconds to hang on for the win.

The Bobcats dominated the glass Saturday, outrebounding the Zips 42-32. Ohio shot 35.1 percent (20-57) from the field and 34.8 percent (8-23) from beyond the arc. Conversely, Akron hit 38.5 percent (20-52) from the field and 33.3 percent (4-12) from three-point land.

Crooks paced the Zips with 20 points--including 15 in the second half. Niki McCoy recorded 11 points and eight boards.

Ohio has now defeated Akron 13-straight times in The Convo, dating back to 1993.

Ohio will now hit the road again for two-straight. The Cats are set to face-off with Western Michigan on Wednesday night. Tip-time is slated for 7 p.m. in University Arena.