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Bobcats Edged by Dukes on Sunday, 62-55

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Shavon Robinson drives to the basket to score one of her four field goals on Sunday
Shavon Robinson drives to the basket to score one of her four field goals on Sunday

Nov. 25, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Junior Shavon Robinson scored a team-high 18 points, but it was not enough as the Ohio University Women's Basketball Team (1-3) dropped a 62-55 decision to Duquesne Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

Robinson (Canton, Ohio) scored 10 of her 18 points in the second half. She finished the game by going 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of 3 from beyond the arc. Sophomore teammate Mariah Byard (Mannington, W.Va.) also ended in double figures as she finished with 10 points. She also dished out a game-high four assists.

Senior guard Ashley Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio) picked up seven rebounds, tying a career high set during the 2010-11 season against Miami. She was an important part of a second half during which the Green and White out-rebounded Duquesne 17-12.

Belma Nurkic led the way for Duquesne, scoring 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting. She had a very strong second half, as 16 of her points came in the final 20 minutes of the game. Nurkic and the Dukes shot 24-of-58 (41.4 percent) from the field, including an 8-of-21 (38.1 percent) mark from three-point range. Wumi Agunbiade led all players with 13 rebounds.

Ohio jumped out to a 10-point lead at the 13:55 mark of the first half, leading 17-7, but the Dukes would respond with a 17-6 run to re-claim the lead at 24-23 with 5:05 remaining until the break. In the final five minutes of the first half, Ohio and Duquesne (4-1) traded baskets down the stretch as the Bobcats trailed the Dukes by just one point (32-31) heading into the locker room.

Byard scored a team-high 10 points in the first half as she connected on 2-of-4 shots from beyond the arc and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

As a team, the `Cats shot 37 percent from the field and hit at a 57.1 percent clip from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes.

In the second half, Ohio reclaimed the lead at the 15:21 mark thanks to a mid-range jumper by Fowler. Less than six minutes later, Ohio increased its lead to nine with 9:52 to go in the game and appeared to be in control, but the Dukes would rally, holding the Bobcats without a field goal for nearly nine minutes to a earn a 56-53 lead with one minute to go in the game.

Duquesne went on to outscore Ohio 6-2 in the final minute to secure the win.

The Bobcats return to action on Thursday as they welcome Massachusetts to The Convocation Center. Thursday's game will be available to fans through a variety of outlets. Fans can watch and listen to the game live on OhioBobcats.com and it will be broadcast locally on WOUB-AM 1340. Robert Schreier (play-by-play) and Tyler Rosten (color) will be calling the action.