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Bobcats Fall Wednesday Night to MAC Leader Central Michigan

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Erin Bailes scored in double figures for the sixth straight game on Wednesday
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Erin Bailes scored in double figures for the sixth straight game on Wednesday
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Jan. 23, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball fell to the Mid-American Conference leading Central Michigan Chippewas by a final score of 77-48 Wednesday night in the Convocation Center. The Bobcats held two early leads in the game but were beaten by a balanced CMU squad which saw five players score in double figures.

Ohio shot 17-59 (28.8 percent) from the field in the loss, a figure which included a 5-21 (23.8 percent) success rate from three-point distance. The Bobcats were buoyed by double-digit outings from Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) and Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio), who scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. Freshman Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) had a strong rebounding performance in the loss, picking up a team-high eight boards in 21 minutes of play.

Central Michigan (11-7, 5-0 MAC) relied upon a balanced offensive effort which generated 50 points in the paint, 21 second-chance points, and 14 fast-break points. Taylor Johnson led the way offensively, scoring a game-high 13 points on 5-9 shooting. She was joined in double figures by Jas'Mine Bracey (12 points), Jessica Green (11), Jessica Schroll (10), and Crystal Bradford (10). Bradford, the leading scorer in league games heading into Wednesday's contest, was limited to just 50 percent of her average scoring output through CMU's first four MAC games but also chipped in 14 rebounds, five assists, and one steal.

Ohio was able to take its first lead of the game (17-16) midway through the first half on a Bailes 3-pointer. The teams would play out to a 20-20 tie before Jalisa Olive hit a three-pointer to begin 15-2 run which allowed the Chippewas to take a 35-22 lead into the break.  

The Bobcats (5-12, 0-5 MAC) were able to pull as close as 11 points (41-30) early in the second half when Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) finished an impressive and-one play, making a layup through a Brandie Baker foul and sinking the free throw on the other side.

The Green and White did a good job of getting to the free-throw line in the second stanza, making eight of 10 attempts from the charity stripe. Six different Ohio student-athletes shot free throws in the final 20 minutes of the game.

With 3:22 to play in the contest, senior guard Laura Mastro (Endwell, N.Y.) hit the first three-pointer of her career. This was followed up by Samantha Buls' first points of the season (two successful free throws) at the 2:08 mark and the first points in the career of Ashley Jordan (two successful free throws) at the 1:39 mark.

Ohio returns to action this Saturday on the road against Ball State. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Muncie, Ind.