March 8, 2014
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OXFORD, Ohio - The Ohio University women's basketball team (9-20, 4-14 MAC) concluded its 2013-14 regular season with a 68-63 loss to Miami (8-21, 4-14 MAC) on Saturday (March 8) in the Battle of the Bricks at Millett Hall.
The Bobcats will be the No. 11 seed and visit No. 7-seeded Toledo (14-15, 9-9 MAC) in the Mid-American Conference Tournament First Round on Monday (March 10). Tip-off at Savage Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
The winner will advance to play either No. 7-seeded Western Michigan or No. 10-seeded Miami on Wednesday (March 12) at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Ohio fell to Toledo twice in the regular season - dropping a 64-62 decision on Jan. 26 at the Convocation Center in Athens and falling by a 62-58 count on Feb. 15 in Toledo.
The Bobcats and Rockets are meeting in the MAC Tournament for the sixth time, with Toledo winning the previous five matchups - most recently earning a 77-70 win in the quarterfinals on March 13, 2009, in Cleveland.
Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) led the way for the `Cats on Saturday at Miami, tallying 17 points with a 5-for-10 effort from the field and sinking all seven of her free throw attempts. She hit double figures in scoring for the 15th time - including the 13th time in the last 20 games. Lampkins has led Ohio in scoring on six occasions.
Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) came off the bench to score 13 points, reaching double digits for a team-high 17th time.
Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) knocked down three treys to total nine points. Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) chipped in eight points.
The RedHawks built a 33-26 first-half lead and watched their advantage swell to nine points (40-31) with 16:35 to play.
The 'Cats battled back, though, outscoring Miami by a 22-13 count over the ensuing seven minutes and tying the contest at 53-all when Lampkins hit a jumper and drew a foul, then sunk the free throw to convert a conventional three-point play.
Miami's lead swelled to nine points again (62-53) with just over six minutes left. Two straight layups by Baldwin shaved it back down to five (62-57) with 5:28 to go, but the RedHawks built the lead back up to nine (66-57) with just under three minutes to play.
The Bobcats made one final comeback push, with Byard and redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) knocking down threes to trim Miami's edge to three points (66-63) with 1:15 to go.
Byard forced a Miami turnover to give Ohio the ball back with 12 seconds left. Black nearly hit a trey with four seconds left that would have tied the game, but Miami secured the rebound off of the miss and hit two free throws at the other end to seal the victory.