Feb. 6, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Women's Basketball Team fell to a hot-shooting Northern Illinois squad on Wednesday in The Convocation Center, losing 73-52 to end its two-game homestand.
Amanda Corral of NIU scored a game-high 20 points on 7-14 shooting to be one of four Huskies to score in double figures. Ashley Sneed (13 points), Natecia Augusta (12), and Alexis Lindstrom (11) also had strong games offensively. The Huskies shot an impressive 29-49 (59.2 percent) throughout the game including a blistering 8-12 (66.7 percent) from beyond the arc.
Ohio connected on 20-52 field goals to shoot 38.5 percent on the evening. The Bobcats hit 7-17 (41.2 percent) of their three-point attempts. Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) scored a team and career-high 13 points while junior guard Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) joined her in double figures by chipping in 10 points.
NIU out-rebounded Ohio by a 40-17 margin and scored 40 points in the paint on Wednesday. Ohio was able to force the Huskies into 18 turnovers, scoring 21 points from these miscues.
The Huskies (6-15, 1-8 Mid-American Conference) jumped out to an early 7-2 lead to start the game. A few plays later, a three-pointer from Lyles cut the NIU lead to two (10-8) with 12:50 remaining in the first half. NIU heated up from beyond the arc early, shooting a sizzling 75% (6-8) from beyond the arc in the first half. Holding a 19-11 lead midway through the half, the visitors ended the first frame on a 16-7 run over the final 9:32 and went into the locker room with a 35-18 advantage.
Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) sparked a 9-4 run for Ohio to begin the second half. A steal and layup from Black helped Ohio cut the lead to 12 (39-27) with 17 minutes to play, but that is as close as Ohio would get throughout the rest of the contest.
Ohio (5-16, 0-9 MAC) was outscored by just four points in the second half, shooting a solid 46.4 percent (13-28) from the field.
Next up for Ohio will be a road test on Saturday, February 9 at Eastern Michigan. The Bobcats and Eagles will tip off at noon on SportsTime Ohio and WatchESPN.
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