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'Cats Fight Off Chippewas For A 69-65 Victory

Feb. 3, 2007

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio women's basketball team won its third consecutive game with a 69-65 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas Saturday evening at The Convocation Center.

With the win the Bobcats improve to 12-9 overall and 5-4 in Mid-American Conference play. Central Michigan falls to 9-13 overall and 1-8 in the MAC.

For the game, Ohio shot 44.1 percent from the floor, connecting on 26-of-59 shot attempts while holding Central Michigan to just 35.3 percent on 24-of-68 shooting, which included shooting 10-of-31 in the second half.

The `Cats finished the night 6-for-13 (46.2-percent) from beyond the three-point line and 11-for-17 (64.7-percent) from the charity stripe. Ohio won the battle of the boards, grabbing 44 rebounds to the Chippewas 37.

Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) led the Bobcats with 16 points on 7-of-9 (77.8-percent) shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from long distance. Ward also added four rebounds and four assists.

"This is our home floor; we take a lot of pride here," said junior guard Quintana Ward. "It was alumni night so I just wanted to come out and play hard for my team and get a win."

Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) tallied 15 points in the win. She was 3-of-7 (42.9-percent) from behind the three-point line and 2-of-3 (66.7-percent) from the free-throw line. She also snagged four rebounds and dished out two assists.

Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) added 15 points on 6-for-11 (54.5-percent) shooting from the floor and 3-for-5 shooting from the free-throw line. Silva also notched eight boards, two assists, two steals, and a block in only 26 minutes of action.

Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Frederick was 4-of-9 (44.4-percent) from the field and 6-of-8 (75.0-percent) from the charity stripe

Central Michigan had four players in double figures and Ann Skufca led the team with 15 points and Britni Houghton, Candace Wilson, and Sharonda Hurd all added 12 points apiece.

Ohio came out on fire as they started the game on a 9-0 run over the first 2:09 of the half, which prompted Central Michigan to call a timeout. The Bobcats looked as if they were going to run away with the game, but the Chippewas would not give up. Central Michigan continued to fight back and would outscore Ohio 35-24 over the final 17:51 of the first half, which gave them a 35-33 lead going into the locker room at halftime. In the second half, the Chippewas would use the momentum that they had going into the half to get a 10 point lead over the Bobcats with 9:57 left in regulation. The Bobcats responded with an 11-0 run that led to their first lead of the half at 57-56. Trailing 59-62 with 5:09 left in the game, the Bobcats went on a 10-3 run that lasted 4:40 and went on to defeat the Chippewas by the final score of 69-65.

"This win was a good sign for me just because I was afraid that maybe we peaked to early in the season," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "I think that we are coming around exactly when we need to in the season. Even though were winning were still learning from each win. A lot of times you learn from losing, but we're learning from the games that we win as well. We have seven more games until the MAC tournament. Every game is going to be a fight to the finish. The good thing is our team is coming around at the right time."

Ohio's next game will be on Feb. 8 at Savage Hall on the campus of the University of Toledo. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.