OXFORD, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball ended its regular season at Miami on Tuesday, falling by a final score of 51-49. The Bobcats end the regular season with a 13-17 record which includes a 6-10 mark in Mid-American Conference play. Ohio fought Miami hard throughout the contest, losing on Rachael Hencke's basket with five seconds remaining in the game.
Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) led the way for the Bobcats, scoring 14 points and collecting six rebounds. The sophomore scored in double figures for the 17th time this season.
Ohio shot 20-67 (29.9 percent) from the field throughout the game, including a 4-12 (33.3 percent) mark from three-point distance. Miami (21-8, 11-5) finished 16-46 (34.8 percent) from the field. The RedHawks held a 42-37 rebounding edge in the game. Ohio forced the RedHawks into 18 turnovers while only committing a season-low seven of its own.
The Bobcats got off to a strong start, connecting on four early field goals to take an 11-9 lead into the under-12 media timeout. Robinson (Canton, Ohio) scored a quick five points for the Green and White and Mariah Byard (Mannington, W.Va.) added a big three-pointer of her own.
Miami was able to gain and stretch a lead in the middle of the first half when Maggie Boyer got hot from distance. The senior drained back-to-back threes at an important stretch in the frame to give her side a 21-16 advantage. Ohio had difficulty connecting from the field during this stretch, making only two baskets from the 10:30 to 6:23 mark.
Erin Bailes (Huntingon, W.Va.) was able to break this streak with a mid-range jumper and Tenishia Benson was able to add another basket of her own with just under two minutes remaining. The `Cats were able to enter the locker room down only four at halftime, trailing 24-20.
Ohio shot 8-32 (25 percent) in the first half, a mark which included 2-6 (33.3 percent) from three-point distance. The Bobcats outscored Miami in the paint (10-8) and committed only four turnovers while forcing the RedHawks into eight.
Both teams struggled from the field to start the second frame, shooting a combined 8-23 throughout the first eight minutes. Miami was able to hold onto its slim margin during this time, keeping a 34-29 advantage at the 11:45 mark.
Ohio was able to clip this deficit to just one at the 10:01 mark thanks to back-to-back baskets from Ashley Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Robinson. The latter came on a great fast-break pass from Bailes. With 8:04 left in the game, Ohio was able to take a 35-34 lead when Benson (Akron, Ohio) scored a put-back basket down low.
Miami was able to pick up the pace at this point, ripping off a quick 7-0 run to take a 41-35 lead. Ohio was able to answer back immediately, getting a Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) lay-in down low and a Bailes three from the corner to pull within one (41-40) at the 4:22 mark.
The game was a back-and-forth affair from this point on, coming down to Miami's final possession at a 49-49 scoreline with 14 seconds left. Hencke was able to sink a layup with five seconds remaining, giving her team the late victory.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Saturday, March 3 for the first round of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament. Ohio will host Kent State at noon.