ATHENS, Ohio - Despite a spirited second-half rally, Ohio Women's Basketball saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday afternoon, falling 56-51 to UNC-Wilmington at the Convocation Center.
Erin Bailes led the Bobcats with 12 points and hit 4-of-9 shots from three-point range while junior forward Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) chipped in eight points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) had a strong day for the Green and White, scoring eight points and adding four assists. The Bobcats scored 19 points off 23 UNCW turnovers but were outrebounded by a 47-36 margin.
Ohio (3-2) began the game in strong fashion, getting points from four players en route to an early 14-2 lead on a layup by sophomore guard Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) at 13:59 of the first half. After the Seahawks cut the margin to just six points, Ohio extended the lead once again after a three-pointer by Bailes made it a 21-10 game with 9:10 left in the half.
From there, UNCW controlled the action for much of the rest of the period. A 17-1 Seahawks run, ending with an Alisha Andrews three-pointer at 2:15, gave UNCW a 27-22 lead.
After taking a 27-26 lead into halftime, UNCW (2-3) used another run to extend the margin, outscoring Ohio 15-4 to open the frame behind seven points from Lee and taking a 42-30 lead on a Lee three-pointer with 12:15 to play. The Seahawks' lead grew as large as 13 before Ohio stormed back late.
The Seahawks held a 48-35 lead just past the midway point of the second half before the Bobcats' comeback began. A layup from freshman guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) started the rally with 8:20 to play and Ohio outscored UNCW 12-2 over the next 5:02 to shrink the gap to as little as three points, but the Bobcats could get no closer. Bailes (Huntington, W. Va.) narrowly missed a tying three-pointer with eight seconds remaining and the Seahawks' Tawanna Lee hit two free throws to provide the final margin.
The Seahawks got a game-high 14 points and six assists from Andrews along with 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds from Karneshia Garnett in the win.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday when they travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. to visit Duquesne. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.