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Ohio's Defense Defeats Lehigh

Dec. 1, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) recorded her third-consecutive double-double as the Ohio women's basketball team willed their way to an 57-40 victory over Lehigh Friday evening at the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats (4-0, 0-0) finished 23-for-62 (37.1-percent) from the floor and just 3-for-20 (15-percent) from behind the three-point line. Ohio scored 26 points in the paint compared to 20 for Lehigh (2-5, 0-0). The Bobcats shot 8-of-10 (80.0-percent) from the free throw line while allowing the Mountain Hawks 13 freebies.

The Bobcats struggled offensively for the first time this season, but they still managed to have three players score in double figures. Frederick led all scorers with 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. She added 11 rebounds, one steal and one block in the victory. Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) scored 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting and grabbed four rebounds. Freshman point guard Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) scored a career-high 10 points in 22 minutes off the bench. Bushby also added five assists and two steals, while not committing a turnover.

The Bobcats outscored Lehigh's reserves 14-9. The Bobcat reserves went 7-for-16 (43.7-percent) from the floor and were led by Bushby and fellow freshman, Alana Trotter (Racine, Wis.). Trotter, who played 25 minutes and started the second half for the Bobcats, contributed four points and six rebounds.

Melissa Rich led the Mountain Hawks in scoring with 16 points on 7-for-12 (58.3-percent) shooting for the game. Adrienne Blount added nine points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Ohio's tough defense kept them in the game when their offense struggled. The Bobcats recorded 10 steals and held the Mountain Hawks to 22.2 percent from the floor and 15.8 percent from three-point territory, while forcing them into 24 turnovers. Ohio's defense also helped them win the points off of turnovers battle 20-5. There were only two lead changes in the game and Ohio's largest lead increased to as many as 17 points, which would be the Bobcats final margin of victory.

Both squads struggled offensively to begin the game. At the 7:32 mark, the score was only 12-8 in favor of the visiting Mountain Hawks. Neither team seemed to be able to find an offensive rhythm the rest of the half, which led to the low halftime score of 22-22.

In the first half, the Bobcats forced Lehigh into 12 turnovers. The Bobcats would capitalize on the Mountain Hawks mistakes by scoring nine points off Lehigh's turnovers. Ohio held Lehigh to 18.8 percent shooting from the floor and 20 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Frederick paced the Bobcats in the first half with eight points and four rebounds, while shooting 3-for-6 from the field and 2-for-4 from the charity stripe. Kohn chipped in with four points and three first half rebounds. The Bobcats shot 10-for-30 (30.0-percent) from the floor and failed to connect on a three-point shot in the half (0-for-9).

In the second half, the Bobcats increased their defensive pressure and intensity. Ohio started on a 6-2 run through the first 1:32 of the half, and they would not look back. Ohio held the Mountain Hawks to just 25.8 percent from the floor in the half on 8-of-31 shooting and forced Lehigh into 12 second half turnovers.

The Bobcats now look to continue their winning ways as they face their first road test of the year when they travel to Macomb, Ill. to face Western Illinois on Monday, Dec. 4. Tip-off is set for scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.


- Ohio is off to a 4-0 start under new head coach Sylvia Crawley.

- The last time a Bobcat women's basketball team started a season 4-0 was during the 1994-95 season. The 94-95 Bobcats won their first four games before suffering a defeat. The 94-95 team also went on to become MAC Co-Champions.

- Since the 1973-74 season, when the Ohio women's basketball program became a varsity sport, Coach Sylvia Crawley is the only head coach in Ohio women's basketball history to begin their coaching career a perfect 4-0.

- Sophomore Rachel Frederick recorded her third double-double in four games. She's now averaging 17.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.