Feb. 24, 2007
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Ohio women's basketball team stormed into Anderson Arena and posted a 70-67 victory over MAC regular season champion Bowling Green in front of a crowd of 2,103.
Ohio came up with an amazing performance in defeating the No. 16/18 Falcons and became the first MAC school to accomplish the feat in two years. The `Cats also ended Bowling Green's nation leading record of 29 straight home victories and snapped the Falcon's 18-game winning streak.
With the win the Bobcats improve 16-11 overall and 9-6 in the MAC while Bowling Green falls 25-3 and 14-1 in the MAC. It is Ohio's first victory over Bowling Green since Jan. 8, 2003.
The Bobcats overcame a season-high 25 turnovers to outrebound the Falcons, 25-18, and outshoot them from the field, 55-44 percent. Ohio connected on 26-of-46 field attempts while the Falcons were 24-of-55 from the floor, which included 2-of-11 shooting from the three-point line.
Four Bobcats scored in double digits as senior Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) led the way with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, all from the defensive side. Silva shot 9-of-11 from the floor while putting in 35 minutes of work.
"Domenica played like a woman among girls today," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley.
Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) played all 40 minutes of the game and put up 17 points and four rebounds. Kohn was 7-of-12 from the floor and 2-of-6 from beyond the arc. Jennifer Bushy (Gahanna, Ohio) chipped in 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 2-of-2 from the arc. Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) added 10 ten points, all of which came from the free throw line.
Five of Bowling Green's player reached double-figures, led by Kate Achter who surpassed 1,000 career points with 17 on the night. Ali Mann had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Bowling Green quickly extended its seven-point half-time lead to 11 in the first five minutes of the second frame. With the Falcons ahead, 51-40, at 15:26, the Bobcats went on an 8-0 run and cut BGSU's lead to three, 51-48, with 11:29 on the clock.
The Falcons maintained the edge but the Bobcats managed to pull within one point, 55-54, with 8:05 on the clock and eventually tied the game, 56-56, with 5:37 remaining.
Bowling Green took the lead again and was ahead 61-58 until a three-pointer by Ward tied the game 61-61 with 3:14 left in regulation. Ohio took only its second lead of the game at 63-61 after Frederick connected on two free throws at the 2:39 mark.
A lay-up and free throw by Kohn extended the Bobcats' lead to 66-61 with 1:26 on the clock, giving Ohio its biggest lead of the night. Bowling Green countered with a 6-2 run that pulled them within one point at 68-67 with 21 seconds left in the game, but the Falcons were forced to foul in the closing seconds and Bobcat Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) hit two free throws to put the `Cats ahead by three for the victory. Redd finished with four points.