Nov. 16, 2013
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MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (2-0) rallied to force overtime, then beat Morehead State University (2-2), 64-56, Saturday at Johnson Arena.
Ohio outscored Morehead State, 16-8, in the extra period.
The Bobcats open the 2013-14 season with a 2-0 record, marking the first time the program has achieved such a feat since the 2006-07 campaign.
Ohio defeated the Eagles in overtime for the second straight year. The Bobcats prevailed in overtime over Morehead State, 79-72, on Dec. 9, 2012, at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.
"I thought they did a good job," said first-year head coach Bob Boldon of his team's overtime triumph. "They hung in there. We were battling some shooting woes and some turnover woes, but we never let that affect our defensive intensity, which I was happy with."
Ohio forced Morehead State to turn the ball over 21 times, leading to 15 points for the Bobcats.
"It goes back to the old adage that you get what you practice," said Boldon. "We spent a large amount of time working on our help-side, trying to clean that up, and we continued to spend time on guarding without fouling."
Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) led the way with a career-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks. She went 8-for-10 from the free throw line and finished in double figures for the second straight game.
Junior guard Mariah Byard (North Marion, W. Va.) chipped in 12 points to finish in double figures for a second game in a row.
Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) added nine points and went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) chipped in eight points and tied for the team lead with four steals.
Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahnna, Ohio) finished with a career-high seven points and seven rebounds to tie freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) for the team lead. She also tied Black with a team-high four steals.
"We had different players step up and take advantage of mismatches and scoring opportunities, and I was very pleased with that," said Boldon.
Ohio led by as much as 11 in the first half, but Morehead State closed the opening 20 minutes of play by going on a 12-2 run over the final 3:34 to send Ohio into halftime clinging to a 22-21 lead.
The Eagles picked up where they left off in the first 10 minutes of the second half, opening on a 16-9 run to take a 37-31 advantage with 11:20 to play in regulation.
A trey by Byard cut Morehead State's lead to three with 10:22 to go. The Eagles went back up by four with 9:24 remaining, but two layups by freshman forward Jasmine Weatherspoon (Columbus, Ohio) tied the game at 39-all with just over six and a half minutes remaining in the second half. A minute later, Byard put Ohio back up by three with another three.
Morehead State regained a three-point edge with 3:12 to play. Two free throws by Baldwin with just under three minutes to play pulled Ohio to within one at 45-44, and two more from Black with 2:29 to go gave the Bobcats a 46-45 lead.
A three by Morehead State freshman guard Aaliyah Wells put the Eagles back in front, 48-46, with just over two minutes to play, but Baldwin was fouled with 1:40 to go and made both freebies to send the game into overtime.
With the game tied at 52-all with 3:18 remaining in the extra period, Ohio proceeded to close out the victory with a 12-4 run, as Byard knocked down a three, Baldwin converted a layup, Yelle hit four free throws, Byard hit another freebie and Lampkins finished it with a layup with 16 seconds left to provide the Bobcats with the winning margin.
Junior guard Almesha Jones led Morehead State with 12 points and a game-high five assists.
Ohio continues its three-game road swing through the state of Kentucky when it visits No. 4/5 Louisville next Thursday (Nov. 21). Tip time is slated for 7 p.m.