March 5, 2014
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University women's basketball team (9-19, 4-13 MAC) battled back from a 12-point second-half deficit, but the rally fell just short in a 69-64 setback to Mid-American Conference rival Kent State (7-21, 4-13 MAC) on Wednesday (March 5) at the Convocation Center.
Three Bobcats reached double figures, with freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) leading the way with 16 points, which marked the 14th time she has reached double figures and sixth time she has led the team in scoring in 2013-14. Twelve of her points came in the second half.
Freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) reached double figures for the fifth time this season, tallying 13 points.
Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) achieved double digits for the third time in the last four games and 10th time this season with 10 points. She led the `Cats in rebounds for a team-high 14th time this season, pulling down eight caroms.
Freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) posted a career-high four steals.
The Golden Flashes took a 34-30 edge into halftime, then opened the second half on a 16-8 run to take their largest lead of the game (50-38) with just over 11 minutes left.
Ohio clawed back, though, with a 16-5 run of its own to pull to within one (55-54) with just under five minutes remaining.
Kent State scored the next six points to increase its lead to seven but two straight layups by Baldwin and a trey by junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) shaved Ohio's deficit to two with 52 second left.
The Flashes countered with a jumper at the other end, but the Bobcats made it a one-point game (65-64) when Lampkins sunk her third three-pointer of the season with 23 seconds to go.
Kent State converted four free throws in the final 12 seconds to put the game out of reach, though.
Despite the loss to Kent State, Ohio still holds the No. 10 seed in the race for 2014 MAC Tournament seeding with just one game now remaining in the regular season, courtesy of the Bobcats owning the tiebreaker over the Flashes. A win over archrival Miami in the Battle of the Bricks on Saturday (March 8) in Oxford, Ohio, would lock down the No. 10 seed for Ohio. If Western Michigan wins at Northern Illinois, the `Cats would visit the loser of Toledo's game at Ball State on Monday (March 10) in the First Round. If Western Michigan loses, Ohio will travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., to face the Broncos.
Ohio would be the No. 11 seed with a loss to Miami and the loss of a coin flip to determine the tiebreaker between the two teams.
Tip-off of the Bobcats' clash with the RedHawks at Millett Hall is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.