Feb. 28, 2013
AKRON, Ohio - The Ohio University Women's Basketball Team wasn't able to get past a hot-shooting Akron team on Thursday night, falling by a final score of 98-82 at James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron. Erin Bailes scored a career-high 33 points in the loss, becoming the first Bobcat to eclipse 30 points in a single game since Rachel Frederick scored 33 in a Dec. 2006 win vs. Marshall.
The loss drops Ohio to 6-20 (1-13 Mid-American Conference) and improves Akron to 19-8 (10-4 MAC). The Zips have won seven of their last eight contests headed into the final two games of the regular season and set a program record with 19 wins in a single season on Thursday night.
Thursday's game marked the first time the `Cats had scored 80 points or more since a double-overtime win against Xavier on Dec. 19, 2011. It was the first time that the Bobcats had allowed 90 points since a March 9, 2005 loss against Kent State. Thursday's contest was also the first time an Ohio team distributed 20 or more assists since a Feb. 17, 2009 win against Utah Valley. Ashley Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio) led this charge, dishing out a career-high 11 assists to account for 55 percent of Ohio's distribution output.
Bailes led all scorers in the game with 33 points. She was joined in double figures by Shavon Robinson (13) and Symone Lyles (11). Rachel Tecca scored a team-high 24 points for Akron and was one of six Zips to score in double figures.
Bailes' 33 points tied the highest individual mark set by a MAC player this season, equaling Courtney Osborn's performance for Miami against Bowling Green on Feb. 23.
Ohio ended the game shooting 31-64 (48.4 percent) including a 9-22 (40.9 percent) mark from three-point distance. Ohio's 48.4 shooting percentage was its highest of the season. Akron ended the game hitting 35-64 (54.7 percent) from the field.
Ohio got off to a great start, taking an early 12-7 advantage at the 15:58 mark of the first half. The `Cats shot well to begin the game, hitting five of their first eight field-goal attempts. Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) led the team with five points in this opening stretch.
The `Cats kept up this strong play, working their way out to a 29-27 lead at the 6:48 mark. Ohio was shooting a brisk 55 percent (12-22) from the field during this stretch, and had moved the ball well, assisting on more than 75 percent of its field goals.
Akron hit its stride late in the half, working its way out to a 49-43 lead at halftime. Forty-three points marked Ohio's highest-scoring half of the season. The Bobcats shot 17-32 (53.1 percent) during the first half, with Bailes (7-13, 4-7 from distance) leading all scorers with 18 points in the opening 20 minutes.
There were seven ties and seven lead changes in the first 20 minutes of play.
The Zips started hot in the second half, hitting seven early field goals to take a 66-56 lead at the 13:52 mark. Sina King was a large part of this success, scoring three jumpers in the opening six minutes of the frame.
Just a few seconds later, Bailes rose and hit a mid-range jumper at the 13:24 mark, recording a new career high (26 points) in the process.
Trailing by 18 (85-67) with 5:48 to play in the game, Ohio was able to pull as close as 11 (85-74) when Robinson (Canton, Ohio) hit a layup with slightly less than four minutes remaining in the contest. From this point on, Akron would score 13 of the final 21 points to close out the victory.
Ohio will next be in action on Sunday, March 3 at Bowling Green. The Bobcats and Falcons will tip off at 1 p.m. This game will serve as Ohio's final road contest of the regular season.
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