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Women's Hoops Edged by Eastern Michigan, 62-56

Feb. 8, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio women's basketball team had MAC West Division leader Eastern Michigan on the ropes late in the second half, but the Eagles managed to hang on down the stretch, taking a 62-56 decision Wednesday in The Convo.

Eastern Michigan (15-6, 9-1 Mid-American Conference) scored 17-straight points in the first half to open a commanding lead, but the Bobcats (7-14, 4-6 MAC) scratched and clawed back to keep the game within reach early. By the time the second half clock fell below 13 minutes, Ohio had a lead. The game was tied 3:09 left, but Eastern Michigan managed to score nine of the final 12 points in the game to slip past the Bobcats in Athens.

Ciara Iglehart (Mission Viejo, Calif.) scored a game-high 20 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) punched in 11 points with five boards. Lauren Revesz (Bridgeville, Pa.) paced the Cats with six rebounds, a block and a steal. Ohio won the battle down low, outrebounding Eastern Michigan 32-28.

Sarah VanMetre led Eastern Michigan with 19 points. Ryan Coleman chipped in 15, and Kendra Gallert scored 12--all in the first frame. Patrice McKinney went to the break with two rebounds, but finished with a game high 12.

It took more than three minutes, but the Bobcats scored the game's first points with a hoop at the 16:38 mark. The lead didn't last long, though, as Eastern Michigan would go on to score the next 17 points of the half, opening up a 17-2 advantage with 12:04 left. Ohio stopped the bleeding temporarily, but the Eagles stayed hot on the offensive end, taking a 23-4 edge as the clock dipped below the 10-minute mark.

From there, though, Ohio would turn it on and creep back into the ballgame. The Cats went on a 17-8 run over the next seven minutes to cut the deficit to 28-21 with 2:20 left in the half. Eastern Michigan went to the break with a 32-23 lead.

At the break, Iglehart led the Cats with 12 points and three boards. Ohio shot 40.9 percent (9-22) from the floor and 33.3 percent (2-6) from behind the arc.

Eastern Michigan's Gallert hit four three-pointers in the first half to pace the Eagles with 12 points. Ryan Coleman recorded three boards and three assists. The Eagles hit 46.4 percent (13-28) from the floor and 41.7 percent (5-12) from the perimeter.

Ohio outrebounded Eastern Michigan 18-12. The Eagles turned 12 Bobcat turnovers into 12 points.

Over the first seven minutes of the second half, Ohio turned a nine-point Eastern Michigan lead into a one-point Ohio lead, 39-38, with 12:54 left. Both teams traded the lead often down the stretch, with no squad leading by more than four over the next seven minutes.

With 3:09 remaining, Frederick went to the line with the Cats down a pair. Frederick converted both ends, tying the game at 53-53. Coleman hit a free throw and another jumper to put Eastern Michigan on top by three, but Iglehart responded with a free throw to cut the lead to two. The Eagles went back up by four, until Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) layed in a runner for two with eight seconds left, pulling Ohio to within a bucket. From there, Coleman converted a pair of free throws and tossed in a layup to finish off the Bobcats.

Ohio shot 43.2 percent (19-44) from the floor and 44.4 percent (4-9) from three-point range Wednesday. The Eagles countered with a 41.7 mark (20-48) from the field and a 29.4 percentage (5-17) from the arc.

With leading scorer Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) still on the shelf with an injured ankle, seven Bobcats got into the scoring column Wednesday night.

The Bobcats will stay home this weekend and face-off with their final West Division foe of the regular season. Ohio will play host to Toledo Saturday at 1 p.m.