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Ohio Outlasts Kent State In OT, 75-71

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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Lauren Kohn shoots the second of two free-throws at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime.
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Lauren Kohn shoots the second of two free-throws at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

Feb. 15, 2007

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio women's basketball team won its second consecutive game with a 75-71 victory over Kent State in overtime Wedensday night at The Convo.

With the win the Bobcats improve to 14-10 overall and 7-5 in the Mid-American Conference and move to within one game of second place in the MAC East Division behind Kent State. Kent State falls to 12-11 overall and 8-4 in the MAC.

For the game, Ohio shot 33.8 percent from the floor, connecting on 22-of-65 shot attempts while Kent State shot 42.2 percent on 27-of-64 shooting, which included shooting 1-of-7 from behind the three-point line.

The `Cats finished the night 7-for-14 (50.0-percent) from beyond the three-point line and 24-for-27 (88.9-percent) from the charity stripe. The Bobcats made their last 13 free-throws of the game, including Lauren Kohn's 6-for-6 performance in overtime. Ohio won the battle of the boards, grabbing 45 rebounds to the Flashes 40.

Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) led the Bobcats with 15 points on 3-of-9 (33.3-percent) shooting from the field, 1-of-2 (50.0-percent) from long range and 8-of-10 (80.0-percent) from the free-throw line. Frederick also had a career-high 19 rebounds, which places her in fifth place on Ohio's all-time list for rebounds in a single game.

Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) tallied 14 points in the win and was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed seven rebounds, blocked one shot and registered one steal.

Juniors Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) and Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) had 13 points each. Ward added two assists, one rebound and one steal. Redd, who registered the most minutes (34) since returning from her foot injury, shot 3-of-6 from behind the three-point line and added four rebounds.

Kent State had three players in double figures led by Kristin Peoples' 19 points. La'Kia Stewart added 12 points and 11 boards while Kerrie James had 10 points.

After nine lead changes in the beginning of the half, the Bobcats went on a 12-4 run over the final 3:40 of the half to take a 35-30 lead into halftime. Ohio's lead increased to as many as nine with less than 12 minutes to play in regulation, but Kent State fought back and tied the game at 56-56 with 5:56 left on the clock.

After trading baskets for the next three minutes the `Cats grabbed a 62-61 lead off of a pair of free throws with 2:03 remaining in regulation. Kent State's Jamilah Humes knocked down a jumper with 1:20 left to play to give the Flashes a 63-62 lead.

After snagging a defensive rebound, La'kia Stewart was fouled by Frederick and went to the line and made one of two free throws to put Kent up two points with 18 seconds remaining in the game. On the Bobcats next possession, Kristin Peoples stepped out and took a charge from Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio), which forced Ohio to foul Kent immediately. Jamilah Humes went to the line after the Bobcat foul and missed the front end of a one-and-one giving the Bobcats five seconds to go the length of the court to either win or send the game into overtime.

Kohn drove to the left elbow and missed a jumper as the buzzer sounded, but the referees called Kristin Peoples for a foul with 0.4 seconds on the clock. Kohn walked calmly to the line and made both free throws to force a five minute overtime.

"We knew as soon as we went into overtime that we were going to win this game," said Lauren Kohn. "After that our team was just so excited, so pumped, and with that kind of momentum there's no way you can go into overtime and lose."

In overtime, Lauren Kohn's six free throws and big shots by Simone Redd and Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) propelled the Bobcats to the 75-71 win.

"This game was huge for us because it was our first overtime win and it also moved us within one game of second-place in our division," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "The game (upcoming game against Miami) is huge for us just because of the history, and also because we still have a shot of getting a first-round bye in the MAC tournament. We have to try to win the rest of our games, but we still have a shot."

Ohio will return to the floor on Feb. 18 as they play host to the Miami RedHawks. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.