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Bobcats Edged Late by Golden Flashes, 57-55

Ashley Fowler filled up the stat sheet Sunday, scoring nine points, grabbing four rebounds, dishing out four assists, and swiping three steals

Feb. 3, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Women's Basketball Team was unable to endure a furious Kent State comeback on Sunday afternoon, as the Bobcats fell to the visiting Golden Flashes by a final score of 57-55. Ohio held a four-point lead with 75 seconds remaining, but Kent State scored six points during the final 25 seconds to escape with the victory.

Kent State (3-18, 1-7 Mid-American Conference) ended the game on a furious run, outscoring Ohio (5-15, 0-8 MAC) by a 31-13 margin over the final 13:30 of the contest.

Ohio connected on 22-58 field goals to shoot 37.9 percent. The Golden Flashes hit 24 of their 51 shots to operate at a 47.1 percent clip. The Bobcats out-rebounded the Golden Flashes by two (37-35) and forced Kent State into 24 turnovers, a number of which came via senior forward Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) establishing good position on the floor and taking multiple charges. Ohio was also very efficient in moving the ball, assisting on 15 of its 22 made field goals.

Tamzin Barroilhet led the way offensively, scoring a game-high 18 points on 8-15 shooting. She was joined in double figures by Rachel Mendelsohn (14 points) and Amber Dunlap (12). Barroilhet also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to record a double-double. Ohio had two scorers achieve double figures, as Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) scored 14 and Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) added 10. Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for the Green and White.

Ohio took control from the tip-off, scoring the first six points of the game. Ohio held Kent State scoreless until the 14:45 mark when a Jamie Hutcheson layup got Kent State on the board. The `Cats finished the first half on a 5-0 run capped off with a Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) buzzer-beating layup, taking a 29-20 lead into the locker room.

Ohio kept its foot on the gas in the second half, extending the lead to 16 points (42-26) after Baldwin converted a contested lay-up and the ensuing free throw with 13:54 left in the contest. Kent State battled back, going on a 10-0 run of its own after a layup and free throw from Dunlap. This play cut the lead to six with 12:07 to play. The Golden Flashes kept the pressure on Ohio, taking their first lead of the game (49-48) on a fast-break layup from Melanee Stubbs with 4:20 remaining.

Black hit a three-pointer to tie the game (51-51) with 3:17 to play. She then sank two free throws and senior point guard Ashley Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio) drove down the lane and laid one in to give the `Cats a four-point lead (55-51) with 75 seconds to play.

A three-pointer by Mendelsohn with 25 seconds left put the Golden Flashes within one point and a Dunlap jumper with 22 ticks remaining gave them the lead for good.

Ohio will next be in action on Wednesday, Feb. 6 against Northern Illinois. The Bobcats and Huskies will tip off at 7 p.m. from The Convocation Center.

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