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.