Dec. 1, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Ohio (2-3) women's basketball team played Utah Valley State (7-0) to the wire Friday night in an 83-81 Bobcat loss on day one of the 12th Annual Air Force Classic in Colorado Springs.
Four players scored in double figures for Ohio, including a team-high 15 points from sophomore Jennifer Busbhy (Gahanna, Ohio), 11 points each from sophomore Jennifer Poff (St. Johns, Mich.) and junior Catherine Cain (Dayton, Ohio), and 10 points from senior guard Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.).
Bushby shot 6-of-16 from the field, pulled down three rebounds and had two assists and two steals. Poff was 3-of-9 from the floor and the three-point line. She also had four rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Cain was 4-of-5 from the field, including a 3-of-4 effort from the free throw line. She also led the `Cats with nine rebounds.
Collectively, Ohio made 26 of its 76 shots from the floor (34.2 percent) and made 19 of its 24 attempts from the charity stripe (79.2 percent). The Bobcats also nailed ten three-pointers.
Three players were in double figures for Utah Valley State. Robyn Fairbanks scored a game-high 28 points, Sandy Marvin had 24 points and Asumi Nakayama scored 10 points.
The Bobcats got off to a slow start, trailing the Wolverines 10-3 in the first three minutes of the game. Two free throws by junior Chandra Myers (Sugarcreek, Ohio) and a three pointer by senior Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) at the 12:18 mark pulled Ohio within three, 16-13. Myers finished the game with five points and six rebounds, while Redd tallied eight points and three rebounds.
Junior Lauren Hmiel (York, Pa.) tied the game, 16-16, with a three at the 11:50 mark. She finished the game with five points and three rebounds.
Bushby then stole the ball off a UVSU inbound pass and scored a quick layup to give Ohio its first lead of the game, 18-16, with 11:13 on the clock. After a UVSU turnover and foul, Bushby scored again, giving the Bobcats a 20-16 lead. Hmiel added another bucket and the `Cats pulled ahead 22-16. A three pointer and two made free throws, pulled the Wolverines within one point, 22-21, at the 10:56 mark.
Both teams traded baskets and the game was tied at 25-25 with about eight minutes left in the opening frame. Cain scored one of two free throws and Ward added a bucket at the 8:15 mark to seal the Bobcat lead for the remainder of the half.
The Wolverines came within one at 28-27, but Ohio responded with a basket at the 7:30 mark from freshman Thia Gholson (Louisville, Ky.) to pull ahead by three at 30-27. The Wolverines still wouldn't back down and came within one again at 30-29. Poff then hit her third trey of the game for a 33-29 Bobcat lead. Redd then scored five straight points with two single shots and a three for a 38-31 Bobcat lead with six and a half minutes left in the half.
Before a media timeout at the 3:48 mark, Ohio increased its lead to 40-34 after Poff nailed two free throws and Marvin hit a charity shot for the Wolverines. After the timeout, UVSU's Julie McMurray made two more free throws to cut Ohio's lead to two at 40-38. Myers then blocked a shot at the 2:34 mark that led to Bushy nailing a three pointer on the offensive end to push the `Cats lead to 43-38.
One good free throw from senior Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) and two from freshman Jackie Hiebert (Maple Grove, Minn.)with 4.5 seconds left the frame, kept Ohio in the lead going into the half, 46-42.
A quick basket by Ward started the second frame with Ohio up 48-42. The Wolverines then went on a 4-0 run in the span of one and a half minutes to come within two points, 48-46, at the 17:56 mark. A deuce by Cain increased Ohio's lead to 52-48, but a trey by MuMurray pulled the Wolverines within one point, 52-51, with 15:26 on the clock. Two free throws by freshman Kamille Buckner (Chicago, Ill.) put Ohio up 54-51, but the Wolverines came within one point again with a layup by Marvin and the Wolverines eventually took their first lead of the half at the 13-minute mark, 57-54.
Ward then hit a three at the 12:37 mark to tie the game, 57-57. The Wolverines scored again, but Myers tied the game again at 59-59, with a layup at the 11:37 mark.
A three by Nakayama regained the lead for the Wolverines, 62-59, that they kept until a three by Kohn with 4:21 left in regulation tied the game at 74-74.
The game was tied three more times, lastly at 81-81 with 19 seconds left in the game. The Bobcats then missed two last second opportunities and the Wolverines came out with the hard fought victory.
The Bobcats will face Hampton University in the tournament's consolation game tomorrow at 2 p.m. MT (4 p.m. ET).
Quenjana Adams is the women's basketball contact in the Ohio media relations office. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.