Nov. 18, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Ohio Women's Basketball concluded its participation at the 2012 Subway Classic on Sunday, falling to UNLV by a final score of 60-51. The Bobcats held multiple leads throughout the game but were done in by a 9:25 field goal drought during the middle stages of the second half.
The Bobcats ran into a prolific scoring effort by Alana Cesarz, who scored 27 points on 9-of-21 shooting. She was followed by Kelli Thompson, who was the other Lady Rebel to score her way into double figures.
Shavon Robinson and Ashley Fowler led the way offensively for the Bobcats, each scoring 10 points. Mariah Byard and Tina Fisher were not far behind these two, scoring nine and eight points, respectively. Lexie Baldwin grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the defeat.
Fowler came just short of tying a career high with six assists in the game while Fisher swatted away three shots to set a career high in blocks.
The Bobcats shot 14-of-33 (42.4 percent) in the first half but cooled off in the second, only connecting on five of 29 attempts to shoot 17.2 percent. Ohio (1-2) shot 5-of-24 (20.8 percent) from three-point distance in the game.
Ohio got off to a strong start defensively, forcing the Rebels into five early turnovers en route to taking a 5-3 lead at the 15:45 mark. The teams combined for a bit of a shaky start, combining to commit 17 turnovers in the first 12 minutes. Both the Bobcats and the Rebels shot at a relatively efficient clip, however, as Ohio connected on 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) early field goals while the Rebels were operating at a rate of 9-of-17 (52.9 percent).
Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio) began well for the Green and White, connecting on four of her first five FG attempts, including 2-of-3 from distance, to score 10 points in the first 15 minutes of the game.
The `Cats pushed their lead to six with 1:48 remaining in the first half and would ultimately take a 35-31 advantage into the halftime break. Ohio shot well from the floor in the first 20 minutes, going 14-of-33 (42.4 percent) and 4-of-10 from three-point distance. Ohio spread the ball well in the first half, generating 10 assists on its 14 field goals.
UNLV (2-2) held a 19-17 rebounding advantage but was forced into 13 first-half turnovers because of Ohio's tenacious defensive pressure. The Rebels shot 42.9 percent from the field, connecting on 12 of their 28 field goal attempts. UNLV shot 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) from distance during the first 20 minutes.
Trailing 42-40 in the second half, Ohio went cold from the field after Erin Bailes hit a jumper at the 14:12 mark to tie the game. This allowed UNLV to take a 52-46 lead with 7:41 to play. Ohio's field goal drought would ultimately last 9:25 and was broken when Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) hit a layup with 4:47 to play.
UNLV would go on to outscore Ohio 29-16 in the second half in addition to holding a 29-15 edge in rebounding.
Ohio will next be in action on Sunday, Nov. 25 at home against Duquesne. The Bobcats and Dukes will tip off from The Convocation Center at 2 p.m.