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Ohio Women's Basketball's Rally Comes Up Short Against UIC

Junior guard Mariah Byard knocked down a game-high four treys in Ohio women's basketball's 76-67 loss to UIC Friday in the opening game of the 2013 San Juan Shootout.

Nov. 29, 2013

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GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (3-2) overcame a 13-point first-half deficit but ultimately fell to the University of Illinois-Chicago (4-2), 76-67, Friday in the opening game of the 2013 San Juan Shootout at Mario Morales Coliseum.

The Flames shot 53.1% from the field and outrebounded the Bobcats, 47-33, to win their fourth straight.

Redshirt sophomore forward Ruvanna Campbell achieved a double-double with a game-high 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the way for UIC. Senior guard Rachel Story and redshirt senior center Katie Hannemann each tallied 14 points.

"We're a very young team, and, at times, our immaturity shows," said first-year head coach Bob Boldon. "We're not nearly as tough as we need to be. We've got to do a better job of being more disciplined and doing things that we know are required to win basketball games. We didn't do that today from start to finish."

Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) knocked down a game-high four treys and tied freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) for the Ohio lead with 18 points, which were a career high for Boesinger. Boesinger also led the Bobcats with five rebounds. Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) set a new career high with a game-high five assists.

"The thing about Hannah is that from the time she's got on campus, she's tried her best," said Boldon of his freshman's performance. "That's the one thing that she can always count on. She's not our fastest player, but she tries the hardest, day in and day out. That's an incredible quality to have, and that's why we brought her here."

After sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) scored the first layup of the contest for Ohio, UIC rattled off 12 unanswered points.

Two treys by Boesinger helped cut it to three at 13-10 with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half. The Flames responded with a 16-6 run, though, to take their largest lead of the game at 29-16 with 6:46 to go in the opening stanza.

The Bobcats rallied with a furious run of their own to close the half, outscoring UIC 15-7 over the final six-plus minutes of the half. The Ohio scoring frenzy was highlighted by two layups by Yelle, a layup by Boesinger and a three by Byard, helping the Bobcats head into halftime trailing by just a 36-31 count.

After Hannemann knocked down two free throws to make it 38-31 in favor of UIC with 19:43 to play, Byard nailed three treys in just over a minute to knot the contest at 40-all.

The Flames built their lead back up to eight with just over 10 minutes to play, but another three by Boesinger and one by freshman guard Yamonie Jenkins (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) cut the UIC lead to two a minute later.

That's as close as the Bobcats got, though, as Campbell scored 12 of UIC's final 21 points over the final eight-plus minutes to seal the victory for the Flames.

Ohio closes out its stay at the 2013 San Juan Shootout on Saturday against No. 8 Maryland. Tip time is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. The Bobcats will be facing the Terrapins for the first time ever.