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Balanced Attack Helps Ohio Defeat Miami, 87-74

Feb. 18, 2007

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ATHENS, Ohio - Five players scored in double figures as the Ohio women's basketball team won its third consecutive game by defeating the Miami RedHawks 87-74 Sunday afternoon at The Convocation Center.

With the win the Bobcats improve to 15-10 overall and 8-5 in the Mid-American Conference. Miami falls to 12-14 overall and 6-7 in the MAC.

For the game, Ohio shot 58.3 percent from the floor, connecting on 35-of-60 shot attempts while holding Miami to 40.0 percent on 30-of-75 shooting, which included shooting 12-of-37 (32.4-percent) in the first half.

The `Cats finished the night 6-for-13 (46.2-percent) from beyond the three-point line and 11-for-15 (73.3-percent) from the charity stripe. Ohio won the battle of the boards, grabbing 43 rebounds to the RedHawks 34.

Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-15 (53.3-percent) shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Kohn also added eight rebounds and an assist.

Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) recorded her tenth double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds. She was 5-of-9 (55.6-percent) from the field and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. She also dished out a team-high five assists in the win.

Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) added 13 points on 5-of-8 (62.5-percent) shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 shooting from long distance. Ward also notched four assists and two rebounds.

Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) and Chandra Myers (Sugarcreek, Ohio) scored 12 points each. Redd shot 6-of-10 (60.0-percent) from the field and added one rebound and one steal. Myers, who set a new career-high with her 12 point performance, also grabbed three rebounds and dished out an assist.

"My confidence is definitely going, but I'm more of a humble player," said sophomore Chandra Myers. "My goal actually is to be a good rebounder. I've been a little disappointed in myself the last couple of nights, because I haven't had too many rebounds, but going in and being able to score my career high has just been great. It's given me more confidence in my post moves which I've really been working on and been trying to improve upon."

Miami had three players in double figures, including a team high 21 points from Amanda Jackson. Jenna Schone scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Ashley Hawkins added 12 points.

The two teams came out on fire and traded baskets over the first 5:27 of the first half. The Bobcats would go on to outscore the RedHawks 40-15 over the final 14:17 of the half, which gave Ohio a 52-28 lead going into the locker room at halftime. The 24 point lead is the largest halftime lead that the Bobcats have had all season.

In the second half, Ohio scored the first six points of the half and although Miami answered with seven straight points of their own, the RedHawks still trailed by 23 points with 16:55 left in regulation. Miami used full-court defensive pressure to gradually chip away at the Bobcats double-digit lead, getting as close as 11 points with one minute remaining. The RedHawks fell short as Ohio hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final minute.

"What helped us today is that the starting five were really aggressive," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "They controlled the pace of the game. They made sure we played Ohio basketball. Because we got out to a good start, and a good lead, we were able to put some subs in and get everybody rested. Once they got their second wind, they could keep going back into the game. I thought we just wore Miami out. I think one of the things that helps us now is that Simone Redd is healthy again. I like bringing Simone off the bench, because of what she brings us. She has a scorer's mentality. I like that coming off the bench. I like Chandra Meyers coming off the bench, giving us big minutes and big plays. We were able to get 26 points off the bench versus their 14. I think that made a huge difference."

Ohio's next game will be on Feb. 21 at Alumni Arena on the campus of the University of Buffalo. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.