Jan. 31, 2013
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Ohio University Women's Basketball Team wasn't able to get past a red-hot Toledo squad on Thursday night, falling to the Rockets by a final score of 61-42.
Ohio ended the game on a 13-4 run and shot an improved 40 percent (10-25) in the second half of the contest. The `Cats ended the game shooting 14-49 (28.6 percent) from the field including a 2-9 (22.2 percent) mark from three-point distance. Toledo (18-2, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) connected on 26 of its 65 field-goal attempts to shoot 40 percent on the evening. Ohio was able to limit the Rockets to 35.3 percent (12-34) shooting in the second half.
Yolanda Richardson led the way offensively, scoring a game-high 15 points. She was the only Rocket to reach double figures in the contest. Ohio had two student-athletes score at least 10 points, with Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) leading the way with 11. She was joined in double figures by Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.), who chipped in 10 on 4-6 shooting from the field.
Toledo leapt out to an early 17-6 advantage at the 11:18 mark. The Rockets began the game shooting 8-14 (57.1 percent) while limiting Ohio to hitting two of its first eight shots. Richardson got off to a strong start for the hosts, shooting 3-3 from the field to score 6 points.
The Rockets were able to stretch this lead to as many as 18 points (24-6) when Lecretia Smith hit a layup with 5:12 to play in the half. Ohio answered back over the next few minutes, scoring six of the next eight points to pull within 14 (26-12). The teams would head to the locker rooms at the end of the first half with the hosts in front, 30-12.
Ohio (5-14, 0-7 MAC) was limited to 16.7 percent (4-24) from the field while the Rockets operated at a clip of 45.2 percent (14-31). Andola Dortch led all scorers with nine points while Baldwin had a strong half for the Green and White, scoring seven points on 3-3 shooting from the field. Toledo held a rebounding edge over the `Cats in the first half, pulling down 27 boards to Ohio's 14.
Facing a 57-29 deficit in the second half, Ohio ripped off a 7-0 run thanks to a free throw by Mariah Byard (Mannington, W.Va.), and baskets by Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio), Samantha Buls (New Market, Md.), and Baldwin. The `Cats would ultimately score 13 of the game's final 17 points.
Ohio will next be in action on Sunday, Feb. 3 against Kent State. The Bobcats and Golden Flashes will tip off from the Convocation Center at 2 p.m.