Feb. 10, 2007
YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Ohio women's basketball team got back on the winning track as they defeated Eastern Michigan 70-62 Saturday afternoon at The Convocation Center.
With the win the Bobcats improve to 13-10 overall and 6-5 in Mid-American Conference play. Eastern Michigan falls to 12-10 overall and 7-4 in the MAC.
For the game, Ohio shot 48.8 percent from the floor, connecting on 20-of-41 shot attempts while holding Eastern Michigan to just 37.9 percent on 22-of-58 shooting, which included shooting 8-of-30 in the first half.
The `Cats finished the night 7-for-13 (53.8-percent) from beyond the three-point line and 23-for-28 (82.1-percent) from the charity stripe. Ohio won the battle of the boards, grabbing 39 rebounds to the Eagles 23.
Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) led all scorers with 24 points on 7-of-11 (63.6-percent) shooting from the field, 2-of-3 (66.6-percent) from long range and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.
"Lauren Kohn has been practicing extremely well for the last week or so," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "I knew that she was due for a good night. She's growing as a player and she's finding different ways to score. This afternoon's game was also one of her better defensive performances as well."
Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) tallied 15 points in the win. She was 6-of-9 (66.6-percent) from the field and 1-of-2 (50.0-percent) from behind the three-point line. She also dished out five assists and grabbed two rebounds.
Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) and Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) added 10 points and nine rebounds apiece.
Eastern Michigan had three players in double figures led by Patrice McKinney's 15 points. Sarah VanMetre added 13 points and five boards while Alyssa Pittman added 11 points.
Ohio jumped out on the Eagles early and looked as if they were going to run away with the game. The Bobcats lead increased to as many as 14 points in the first half, but the Eagles would not give up. Eastern Michigan continued to fight back and cut the Bobcats lead down to nine, which made the score 33-24 going into the locker rooms at halftime.
In the second half, the Eagles picked up their defensive intensity, which forced the Bobcats into 10 second half turnovers. The Eagles used Ohio's miscues to spark their offense as they scored 18 points off of the Bobcats turnovers in the half, which helped them grab their largest lead at 53-50 with 7:06 remaining in regulation.
Trailing on the road and not wanting to let one slip away like they did against Toledo earlier on the week, the Bobcats responded with a run of their own. Ohio outscored Eastern Michigan 20-9 over the final seven minutes of the game to defeat the Eagles by the final score of 70-62.
"I was very pleased with our focus throughout the game," said Crawley. "Our bench stepped up and allowed us to be able to mix up our line-ups. In the second half we were able to go to a bigger line-up which gave Eastern some trouble."
Ohio will return to the floor on Feb. 14 as they play host to the Kent State Golden Flashes. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.