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Bobcats Defeat Cleveland State

Nov. 17, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - On "Middle School Day" and in its second regular season game under the direction of new head coach Sylvia Crawley, the Ohio women's basketball team defeated the Cleveland State Vikings in convincing fashion by a final score of 87-64 Friday afternoon in The Convo.

For the second consecutive game the Bobcats received solid offensive efforts from their starting lineup, with four of the five starters scoring in double figures. Junior Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) led the Bobcats with 30 points on 10-14 shooting from the field and 4-6 from behind the three-point line. Sophomore Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and junior Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) added 24 points (Warrensville Heights, Ohio). Junior point guard Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) played a solid game and recorded 10 points, seven assists and only committed two turnovers.

Ohio's tough defense set the tone all afternoon. The Bobcats recorded six steals and held the Vikings to 34 percent from the floor and 30 percent from three-point territory, while forcing them into 21 turnovers. Ohio's defense also helped them win the points off of turnovers battle 30-15. Ohio never trailed in the game and at one point during the contest increased their lead to as many as 37 points. The Bobcats also held Nicole Thomas, the Vikings leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and rebounder (14 rpg), to only nine points and 11 rebounds.

The Bobcats scored the game's first points and would never look back. Ohio started the game on a 14-5 run in a span of more than five minutes. The run was capped by a Kohn 3-pointer at the 14:42 mark.

Ohio's defense ruled the first half, as the Bobcats forced the Vikings into 12 turnovers. The Bobcats would capitalize on Cleveland State's mistakes by scoring 20 points off the Vikings turnovers. The Bobcats went on a 30-14 run over the last 10 minutes of the first half that gave them a 44-24 lead going into halftime. Ohio held Cleveland State to 33 percent shooting from the floor and 29 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Kohn paced the Bobcats in the first half with 18 points and 2 rebounds, while shooting 6-8 from the field and 3-4 from behind the arc. Redd chipped in with 10 first half points. The Bobcats shot 17-31 from the floor and 4-9 from the three-point line in the half.

In the second half, the Bobcats would continue to dominate and put pressure on the Vikings. Ohio began the half on a 29-12 run that would last more than nine minutes. Ohio held the Vikings to just 35 percent from the floor in the half on 14-of-40 shooting and forced Cleveland State into nine second half turnovers.

The Bobcats now look to win their third consecutive game when they host the Butler Bulldogs Sunday, Nov. 26. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m., in The Convo.

Notes: Lauren Kohn is the first Ohio women's basketball player to score 30 or more points since Simone Redd scored 33 against Akron on Jan. 21, 2006.

The Ohio single-game record for points is currently held by Merlene Stollings, who scored 41 in a 100-88 loss to Robert Morris on Dec. 30, 1997