Feb. 19, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Despite leading for the majority of the first half, the Ohio University women's basketball team (8-16, 3-10 MAC) lost to Western Michigan (10-14, 6-7 MAC), 71-64, on Wednesday (Feb. 19) in a Mid-American Conference cross-division game at University Arena.
The Broncos outscored the Bobcats in the paint, 36-20, and won the rebounding battle, 48-36. Western Michigan's bench also outscored Ohio's, 33-13.
Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) led all scorers with 29 points, marking the sixth time she has scored 20 or more points this season. She shot 11-for-20 from the field - including 7-for-14 from three-point range. She also led Ohio with two steals.
Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) chipped in 10 points, reaching double digits for the ninth time this season. She also dished out a team-high four assists.
Ohio built a seven-point lead at 24-17 when Black knocked down a trey with 4:37 remaining in the first half, but Western Michigan closed the half on a 13-3 run that was capped by junior guard Julia Henson nailing a deep three with time winding down to give the Broncos a 30-27 edge going into halftime.
The Broncos built their lead up to eight at 41-33 when junior forward Marquisha Harris hit a jumper with 14:29 left in the second half.
The Bobcats clawed back into the game, though, going on a 17-9 run that was highlighted by three treys by Black - including one at the 7:48 mark that knotted the game at 50-all.
That's as close as Ohio got, though, as Western Michigan closed the game on a 21-14 run over the final seven minutes.
Harris led Western Michigan with 20 points off the bench. Sophomore forward Miracle Woods added 13 points. Junior guard Jazmine Windham contributed 10 points off the bench. Junior forward Michelle O'Brien hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds.
Ohio will play three of its next four games at the friendly confines of the Convocation Center in Athens -- including each of the next two contests. The Bobcats play host to East Division rival Akron on Saturday (Feb. 22). The opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. Ohio will honor the careers of its two seniors -- guards Erin Bailes (Huntington, W. Va.) and Olivia McCuskey (St. Albans, W. Va.).