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Ohio Women's Basketball Stumbles at Central Michigan

Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black led Ohio women's basketball with 17 points in an 80-63 loss at Central Michigan on Sunday.

Feb. 2, 2014

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The Ohio University women’s basketball team (8-12, 3-6 MAC) stayed step-for-step with Mid-American Conference frontrunner Central Michigan (13-8, 9-0 MAC) for much of the afternoon but ultimately fell short, 80-63, on Sunday (Feb. 2).

The Bobcats suffered their fifth straight loss.

The Chippewas shot 46.6% from the field --including 51.7% in the second half – while limiting Ohio to 36.5% shooting. Central Michigan took advantage of 19 fastbreak points in the victory.

Sopohomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) led Ohio with 17 points and was one of three Bobcats to reach double figures. Black achieved double digits for  the third straight game, eighth time in the last 10 games and 12th time this season.

Freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) piled up 15 points off the bench, marking the fourth time this season she has reached double figures. She also pulled down eight rebounds.

Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) tallied 13 points, reaching double digits for the second straight game, fourth time in the last six games and eighth time this season.

Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

Central Michigan opened the game with a 10-3 run, but Ohio cut its deficit down to four at 20-16 on a trey by Black with 11:38 to play in the first half, capping a 13-10 run.

The Chippewas took a 36-28 lead into halftime.

A layup by Cooper and another three by Black made it a five-point game at 38-33 with 17:33 remaining.

Central Michigan countered with a 13-6 run to build its largest lead to that point at 12 with 13:49 left. A jumper by freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) and a trey by Yelle made it a nine-point game at 53-44 with a little over 12 minutes to play.

That’s as close as the Bobcats got, though, as the Chippewas went on a 19-8 run to give Central Michigan a 20-point lead at 72-52 with just under six minutes to play -- the largest lead of the game for Central Michigan.

Junior forward Jas’Mine Bracey led the way for Central Michigan with 18 points and 12 rebounds and was one of five Chippewas to reach double figures. Sophomore guard Da’Jourie Turner contributed 15 points off the bench. Senior guard Niki DiGuilio went 5-for-6 from the field -- including 4-for-4 from three-point land – to add 14 points. Junior guard Crystal Bradford recorded 10 points, as did junior guard Jessica Green. Green also passed out a game-high six assists.

Ohio concludes its two-game road swing with a visit to MAC East Division foe Buffalo on Thursday (Feb. 6). The opening tip is scheduled for noon ET.