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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Junior Simone Redd led the Bobcats with 17 points.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM
Junior Simone Redd led the Bobcats with 17 points.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

Feb. 28, 2007

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio women's basketball team wrapped up its Mid-American Conference regular season with a 77-68 overtime victory over Akron on Senior Night at The Convo on Wednesday night.

Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the Bobcats only senior, and senior managers Courtney Cormier and Chris Feller were honored in a pre-game ceremony by Head Coach Sylvia Crawley.

With the win, Ohio improves to 17-11 overall and 10-6 in the MAC, while Akron drops 10-18 overall and 3-13 in MAC competition.

Simone Redd (Warrensville, Ohio) led the Bobcats in scoring with 17 points off the bench. Redd shot 7-of-13 from the field, including 1-of-3 from behind the three-point line and a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.

"I just wanted to come in off the bench and contribute," said junior guard Simone Redd. "I know things weren't going the way they should've, so I just wanted to come in and do whatever I could,. I enjoy being able to come in and help out wherever Coach needs me to."

Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) chipped in 14 points, including a 6-of-6 effort from the free throw line. Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) recorded her league-leading eleventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) added 11 points and Silva chipped in with seven points and 10 rebounds. Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) had six points, Chandra Myers (Sugarcreek, Ohio) had five and Lauren Hmiel (York, Pa.) posted four.

Akron was led by Teresa Scott and Jessica Deville, who scored 21 points each. Sarah Tokodi added 14 points and seven assists in the loss.

The Bobcats shot 46.9-percent from the field, connecting on 30-of-64 shots. The `Cats also shot 82.4 percent from the free throw line, making 14-of-17 attempts. Ohio won the battle of the boards grabbing 46 to Akron's 34. The Bobcats outscored the Zips in the paint 38-28 and finished with six fast break points to Akron's two.

The two teams fought back and forth all night, as there were 18 lead changes and 13 times where the score was tied.

Akron, being down three points with 20 seconds left, called a timeout to set-up a play to try to send the game into overtime. Out of that timeout, the Zips swung the ball around the perimeter and got the ball into the hands of Jessica Deville, a 23.1-percent three-point shooter, who calmly knocked in a three-pointer with 11 seconds left on the clock.

The Bobcats then quickly inbounded the ball to Ward, who drove to the basket and missed a double-clutch jumper as the buzzer sounded, sending the game into overtime.

In the overtime, the Ohio's defense, which held Akron to 2-of-9 shooting (22.2-percent) in OT, and 71.4-percent shooting propelled the Bobcats to the 77-68 victory.

"Every win is a good win at this point in the season, especially a win in overtime," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "I don't think people are going to look at us as a Cinderella team anymore. We have the 3rd seed. I like the bracket that we are in. I like the games that we are going to play. They're games that we can win. It just comes down to whether our players are going to be ready to play. When they are ready to play they can beat anybody in this conference."

Ohio now readies for the 2007 Kraft Mid-American Conference Tournament, where they will be the East Division #3 seed and will face the West Division #6 seed Central Michigan on Sunday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in a first-round game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Fans can purchase tickets for the MAC Tournament by calling the Ohio Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-575-CATS (2287).