ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University women’s basketball team (9-17, 4-11) roared to victory over Buffalo (15-11, 8-7), 83-71, in a Mid-American Conference East Division battle on Thursday (Feb. 27) at the Convocation Center.
The Bobcats went 32-of-43 from the free throw line – including 24-for-29 in the second half. Ohio’s 32 makes rank as the fifth-most in school history.
Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) put forth a career-best 27-point performance to go along with three assists. The bulk of her points came from the charity stripe, where she set a school-record by sinking 17 of her 21 free throws. Holly Skeen converted 15 freebies on Feb. 26, 1994 to set the previous mark.
Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) tied her career-best tallying 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting from behind arc. Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) compiled 15 points and eight rebounds.
Freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) swatted a career-high three-block effort complimenting her nine points. Freshman guard Yamonie Jenkins (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) tied her career-high in dishes with five assists.
The Bobcats built a 10-point halftime lead on the Bulls, thanks in large part to Byard’s hot hand from long distance. She went 4-for-4 beyond the arc in the opening stanza.
Ohio also forced nine Buffalo turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, leading to 11 points for the ‘Cats.
The Bobcats jumped out of the gate to a quick 7-0 lead thanks to a layup by Lampkins, a trey by sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) and a layup by Baldwin.
The Bulls countered with a 13-5 run to take a brief one-point lead at 13-12 with just over 11 minutes left in the half.
The teams traded jabs over the next three minutes, but Ohio took command by rattling off a 13-3 run to take its largest lead of the game at 13 points (34-21) with just over two minutes remaining in the half. Byard drained two more treys to push Ohio to a 40-30 advantage at the break.
The Green and White fed off their first half momentum never allowing the Bulls to reach within four in the second stanza – racking up the bulk of their points from the free throw line – including 15 makes by Lampkins.
The ‘Cats edged the Bulls in points off turnovers (16-10) and bench points (31-21).
Ohio next takes the floor at the Stroh Center as they travel to Bowling Green on Sunday (March 2). Tip-off is scheduled 2 p.m. ET.