March 6, 2007
ATHENS, Ohio - Junior Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) led all scorers with 25 points as the Ohio women's basketball team lost to Eastern Michigan, 79-69, in the quarterfinals of the 2007 MAC Women's Basketball Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio.
"I thought the speed of the game was a little too fast for us," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "I felt like we were a step behind all night. I thought Eastern played very well tonight. I thought they attacked the basket well and got themselves to the free throw line. This wasn't the way we wanted to end our season but I told the players in the locker room to keep their heads up high. We had a great season and it was definitely something we can hang out hats on, but I want us to remember the feeling we are feeling right now so we can have some motivation for next year."
Ohio ends the season with an 18-12 overall record, which includes nine more wins than the year before. The Bobcats also finished the conference season 10-6.
Kohn shot 42.1 percent from the field, connecting on 8-of-19 shots and was 66.7% from beyond the arc, hitting 4-of-6. From the free throw line, Kohn made 5-of-9 attempts as she played a team-high 39 minutes.
"I don't think they did anything that we were not expecting," said Kohn. "I feel we missed some shots at big times. We had some runs but we just kept letting them back in the game. We had a lot of miscommunication and just didn't get it done tonight."
Junior Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) and senior Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) had 12 points apiece as they hit 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) and 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from the field, respectively. Both were perfect at the charity stripe with Frederick connecting on 1-of-1 and Silva on 2-of-2. Silva led the Bobcats with eight rebounds and scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half, as she helped the Bobcats cut a nine-point deficit to six at the half.
"They played very aggressive," said Silva. "They made some great shots. They were very aggressive on defense on and of the ball."
Freshman Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) had 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds while junior Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) chipped in eight points.
The Bobcats shot 44.1 percent from the floor, connecting on 26-of-59 attempts and 66.7% from the free throw line, hitting 12-of-18. The Bobcats grabbed 28 rebounds to the Eagles'39.
Eastern Michigan was led by Alyssa Pittman and Sarah Vanmetre with 22 points each. Patrice McKinney added a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds.
After being plagued with foul trouble and trailing at the break, Ohio fired back in the second half and trimmed a nine-point EMU to two, 44-42, with 15:12 left in the game. Kohn scored the Bobcats first six points of the half, including back-to-back triples. Ohio then went on a 4-0 run as Ward hit two free throws and Bushby made a bucket that sparked an Ohio comeback.
Eastern Michigan increased its lead to seven, 51-44, at 12:26, but the Bobcats would not back down and back-to-back baskets by Kohn and Frederick kept Ohio in the game as the `Cats were able to come within two again, 54-52 at the 10-minute mark from a layup by Silva and two free throws from Bushby.
That would be the closest the `Cats would get as Eastern Michigan built a 13-point lead and made their last four attempts at the free throw line to grab the win.