Feb. 21, 2007
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Ohio women's basketball team lost its first game in four contests against Buffalo, 61-47, on the road Wednesday night. The `Cats drop to a 15-11, 8-6 MAC record, while Buffalo improves to 9-17, 4-10 MAC.
Ohio shot 30.2 percent for the game connecting on just 16-of-53 attempts and for the second time this year the Bobcats shot a percent 100 percent from the free throw line (12-of-12).
Team captains Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) and Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) were the only players in double figures, scoring 14 and 10 points, respectively. Kohn also had two steals and Frederick had a team-high seven rebounds.
The `Cats scored 20 points in the paint and earned eight points off of 15 Buffalo turnovers. Ohio scored eight second chance points and earned 10 points from The Green Team. Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) contributed six bench points while starter Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) chipped in another six points to go along with six rebounds.
Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) had five points and six rebounds, while Chandra Myers (Sugarcreek, Ohio) made her way into the scorebook with four points from a 4-of-4 effort from the charity stripe.
Buffalo hit 37.5 percent of its attempts from the floor (18-of-48). Jamie Schiebner and Belinda Gibb each had 15 points for Buffalo. Schiebner also tallied 11 rebounds and Heather Turner posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
A low scoring first half ended tied at 16-16. Both teams struggled from the floor shooting under 30 percent in the opening frame.
Ohio rallied in the opening minutes of the second half and took a 23-20 lead in the first four minutes of the play. Buffalo countered and took a 24-23 lead but Ohio fought back and regained the lead, 25-24, with 14:59 on the clock. The teams traded buckets for six minutes and finally knotted the score, 27-27, with 8:52 on the clock. At the 8-minute mark with Buffalo ahead, 30-29, the Bulls went on an 11-2 run that increased their lead to 12, 14-29, with 5:02 remaining in regulation.
A basket by Frederick quenched Ohio's drought and cut Buffalo's lead to ten, 41-31, but Buffalo didn't back down and increased their lead to as much as 15 points en route to winning the game, 61-47.
"We did not play Ohio Basketball at all," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "Buffalo set the tone and controlled the tempo from the start to finish. Some of our key players did not show up ready to play tonight. We aren't good enough to win games when four of our key players have sub par performances."
The Bobcats will continue their road trip with a game at Bowling Green on Feb. 24. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.