Nov. 17, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - In the opening game of the 2012 Subway Classic, Ohio Women's Basketball ran into a very hot shooting Minnesota team, falling by a final score of 85-40. The Golden Gophers dominated the first half but the Bobcats showed heart in the second frame, playing a strong final 20 minutes.
Minnesota shot a brisk 56.9 percent from the field in the game and did the most damage in the first half, connecting on 71.9 percent of its field goal attempts. Ohio connected on 12-of-55 field goal tries to end with a shooting percentage of 21.8. The Bobcats played a strong second half, only being outscored by a 25-24 margin in the final 20 minutes.
Ohio did a good job of getting to the free throw line on Saturday, earning 22 attempts at the charity stripe compared to Minnesota's 16.
Rachel Banham scored a game-high 18 points for the Golden Gophers. She shot 4-of-5 from three-point distance and was 7-of-9 overall. Banham was joined in double figures by Sari Noga (14 points) and Katie Loberg (12).
Symone Lyles led the scoring effort for the Bobcats, connecting on two field goals and four free throws to finish with eight points. She was closely followed by Shavon Robinson (seven points), Mariah Byard (six), and Kiyanna Black (six). Lyles also led the team with eight rebounds.
Minnesota (3-0) got off to a very fast start from three-point distance, connecting on its first four long-range attempts to take a 20-5 lead at the 11:48 mark of the first half. Ohio shot 1-of-8 during this early stretch in the game, while the Golden Gophers operated at a clip of 8-for-10. Former Freshman All-American Banham was clutch in this stretch for the Gophers, scoring nine points on her first three three-point attempts.
The Golden Gophers kept up this brisk pace, connecting on 16 of their first 19 field goal attempts to take a 40-5 lead at the 7:51 mark. Ohio struggled in the early stages of the contest, committing 12 early turnovers during this period due to heavy Minnesota pressure.
Ohio (1-1) was able to tack on a few more points in the final few minutes of the first half, getting contributions from an Erin Bailes three-pointer and free throws by Lyles and Byard.
Minnesota ended the first half shooting 23-of-32 (71.9 percent) from the field and 6-of-8 (75 percent) from three-point range. The Bobcats hit two of their 21 field goals in the first frame, including one of five attempts from three-point distance. Ohio was rebounded by a 24-9 margin in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Ohio played significantly better in the second half, beginning the frame on a 3-0 run and ultimately getting edged by just one point (25-24) in the final 20 minutes. The Bobcats saw a 20 percent improvement in their field goal shooting and nearly halved Minnesota's first half field goal percentage. Ohio also picked up 23 rebounds in the second half compared to nine in the first.
Ohio will next be in action on Sunday, Nov. 18 at noon (EST). The Bobcats will take on UNLV in the consolation game of the Subway Classic.