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Bushby's Career High Helps Ohio Hang On To Defeat Northern Illinois

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Freshman Jennifer Bushby
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Freshman Jennifer Bushby
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Jan. 23, 2007

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ATHENS, Ohio - Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) had the best performance of her young career as the Ohio women's basketball team (10-9, 3-4) won a 72-70 decision over Northern Illinois (12-5, 4-3) Tuesday evening at the Convocation Center.

Bushby recorded a career-high 18 points, breaking her previous high of 11 points. She also shot a perfect 7-for-7 from the field, including 2-for-2 from behind the three-point line, which ties her for first place on Ohio's all-time single game field goal percentage list. She now shares first place with former Bobcats' Maja Mitrovic and Latreece Bagley, who both finished games with perfect shooting percentages.

"I really don't know how it happened," said Bushby about her shooting performance. "I missed practice yesterday because I was sick. Today before the game we went around the locker room and said that each of us was going to give our best in order for us to win tonight, and that's basically what I wanted to do."

The Bobcat win gives them 10 wins on the season, which is significant for the team because they only had nine wins last season.

"Great team effort tonight," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "This team played hard for me tonight. This is our tenth win. They only won nine games last year. So, we are a little bit better then they were last season."

The Bobcats finished 27-for 56 (48.2-percent) from the floor and 4-for-12 (33.3-percent) from behind the arc. Ohio also shot 14-for-22 (63.6-percent) from the charity stripe while allowing the Huskies 11 free-throw attempts.

Ohio managed to have four players score in double figures. Bushby led all Bobcat scorers with her career-high 18 points. She added five rebounds and three assists in the victory. Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and recorded four steals. Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) added 13 points and eight boards. Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) contributed 11 points on 5-for-11 (45.4-percent) shooting, four assists and two steals.

The Bobcat reserves played a major part in the team's victory over the Huskies. Even though they were outscored by Northern Illinois' reserves 11-10, the Bobcat reserves played excellent defense and found any and every way to give a positive contribution to the team. The reserves were led by Lauren Hmiel (York, Pa.), and Chandra Myers (Sugarcreek, Ohio), who both scored four points apiece in 10 minutes of action.

Kristin Wiener led the Huskies with 21 points and nine rebounds. Stephanie Raymond, the MAC's second leading scorer, added 15 points and 10 assists after being held to only five points in the first half.

The first half was played tight as both teams traded blows and withstood any runs made. There would be a scare for the Huskies at the 16:02 mark, as Stephanie Raymond went down with a back injury. Seeing that Northern Illinois was without their leading scorer the Bobcats went on the attack and outscored the Huskies 24-19 over the final 16 minutes of the half, which gave them a 32-23 lead going into halftime.

The Bobcats extended their lead to as many as 17 points in the second half, but Northern Illinois would refuse to quit. The Huskies managed to cut Ohio's lead to two points with 12 seconds left in the game, but they would fall short as Whitney Lowe missed a three-pointer and Stephanie Raymond couldn't get a shot off as time expired.

"I think just our will to win helped us tonight," said Crawley. "We had an all out effort by our whole entire team. One thing that we learned from this game is that when we have a lead, and there is a little bit of time left on the clock that we would rather give up a 2 then a 3. They kept driving penetrating to the basket, our weak side was helping and they would kick it out for a 3 point shot. We are a young team. This is the first time that we faced that type of situation in the end of a game. We'll learn from that, make those corrections, and try not to let that happen again. I just thought that we had a lot of people sacrifice for the good of the team today."

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Jan. 27 as they travel to Muncie, Ind. to face the Ball State Cardinals. Tip-off for the contest is set for 1 p.m. CT.

Notes:

- Ohio is now 10-9 under new head coach Sylvia Crawley.

- The Bobcats are now 7-3 in the Convo this season.

- Domenica Silva is now tied for fifth place on Ohio's career blocks list with 43 career blocks.