Jan. 27, 2007
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio women's basketball team extended its winning streak to two games with a 77-66 win over Ball State at John E. Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind. on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Ohio improves 11-9 on the season and an even 4-4 in the Mid-American Conference. Ball State falls 16-3 on the season and 7-1 in the MAC while ending an 10-game home winning streak.
Ball State received votes in latest Associated Press and ESPN /USA Today Top 25 Polls and was one of two undefeated teams in the MAC.
"This win is very big," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "It's motivation for our players, they work hard everyday. I'm almost speechless! I can't express how pleased I am with this team right now."
For the game Ohio shot 48.1 percent from the floor, connecting on 25-of-52 attempts while holding Ball State to just 37.1 floor shooting on 23-of-62 attempts which included 9-of-31 shooting in the second half.
Ohio finished the night 23-of-27 (85.2-percent) from the free throw line, including 21-of-24 in the second half alone. The `Cats won the battle of the boards grabbing 44 rebounds to the Cardinals 31.
Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) led the Bobcats with 19 points from 6-of-15 field goal shooting and 6-of-6 shooting from the free throw line, all of which she made in the last one minute of regulation. She also had five assists and four rebounds.
Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) tallied 17 points from 5-of-10 field goal shooting, including 2-of-5 shooting from three-point land. She also knocked down 5-of-6 from the free throw line and dished out eight assists while playing all 40 minutes of the game.
Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Frederick was 5-of-10 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) had eight points, five assists and one steal. Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) added six points and five rebounds, before fouling out with 8.6 seconds left in the game.
Ball State had two players in double figures as Julie Demuth scored 19 points and Lisa Rusche added 12.
Bushby's sharp shooting lifted Ohio to a 36-33 lead at halftime. She was 2-of-3 from behind the arc in the first half, including a triple in the closing seconds that gave the `Cats the three-point advantage. Bushby finished the half with eight points.
The teams traded buckets in the opening minutes of the first half that had 11 lead changes in just the first nine and a half minutes of play. Deadlocked at 20-20 at the 8:02 mark, both teams were scoreless for almost four minutes until BSU's Tina Bolte was fouled on a three-point shot that went in. Bolte hit the bonus free throw giving the Cards a four-point advantage, 24-20, with 4:23 left in the first.
Ohio went on an 11-5 run, led by Frederick with eight points, to take a two-point lead, 31-29 with 1:19 on the clock. The score was tied at 31 and lastly at 33 before intermission.
The Cardinals quickly turned the tables as they held the `Cats scoreless for the first six minutes of the second half. Rusche contributed six points as Ball State built a seven-point lead, 48-41, with 11:24 left in regulation.
The Bobcats responded with a 10-2 run that led to their first lead of the half at 51-50. With the score tied at 53-53 with 6:09 on the clock, the `Cats outscored the Cards 14-2 to build a 12-point advantage at 67-55 with just two minutes left in the game. Five Bobcats contributed in the run, led by Kohn with four points. Kohn's 6-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line in the last minute kept the `Cats on top and Ohio won the game 77-66.
Ohio's next game will be at The Convo on Feb. 3. The `Cats host Central Michigan at 7 p.m.
- With the win Ohio snapped:
* Ball State's streak of 10 consecutive wins.
* Ball State's 11-game home win streak, which was the 16th longest in the nation).
* Ball State's undefeated (7-0) home record this season.
* Ball State's undefeated (7-0) MAC record this season.