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Bobcats Drop Sunday Contest with Titans, 65-53

Erin Bailes scored 19 points against Detroit on Sunday

Dec. 2, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball dropped a 65-53 contest to the visiting Detroit Titans on Sunday afternoon at The Convocation Center. The Bobcats generated an impressive 43 points from their bench but had difficulty containing Detroit's strong post play, allowing 44 points in the paint throughout the contest.

With the loss, Ohio drops to 1-5 on the season. The Titans are now 4-3.

Junior guard Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) led Ohio offensively, tying for a game-high with 19 points. Bailes shot a solid 7-of-15 from the field, including a 5-of-9 mark from three-point range. The junior also added two assists, one block, and five rebounds to her scoring efforts. She was joined in double figures by yet another strong performance by freshman Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio), who chipped in 15 points and four rebounds. After scoring 21 points in her first four games as a Bobcat, Black has scored 36 points in her last two outings.

Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) also had a strong day for the `Cats, scoring a career-high nine points and collecting a career-high nine rebounds.

Detroit connected on 26-of-57 field goals (45.6 percent) in the win, but was held to a mere 3-of-18 (16.7 percent) from three-point distance. One of the nation's top scorers, Shareta Brown, had a strong day in the post, scoring 19 points and collecting a game-high 15 rebounds. Coming off a 35-point performance against Western Michigan, Brown was efficient despite only being allowed to shoot 13 times. Demeisha Fambro and Rosanna Reynolds joined her in double figures, scoring 17 and 14 points, respectively.

The Titans started the game on a 6-0 run before Ohio answered back, taking the lead when Baldwin hit a three-pointer to give the `Cats a 12-11 lead with 15:00 to play in the first half. Ohio would stretch this lead to as high as seven (24-17) on a Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) jumper at the 10:07 mark.

Ohio's shots fell cold from this point, as the Bobcats went 8:29 without scoring a point. This drought was snapped by a Bailes three-pointer at the 1:38 mark and ultimately allowed the Titans to take a 33-27 advantage. Detroit would hit one more shot as time expired in the first half to take a 35-27 lead into the break.

The Titans would stretch their lead to as many as 17 points (63-46) when Megan Hatter hit a layup with 5:21 remaining in the contest. This capped an 11-0 run which spanned 3:06 of the second half.

The Green and White battled back in the late stages of the game, scoring seven unanswered to pull within ten points at 63-53. Detroit was able to hold on the rest of the way, adding a layup by Brown to end the game at its final score of 65-53.

Ohio will next be in action on Thursday, Dec. 6 against Eastern Kentucky. The Bobcats and Colonels will tip off from The Convocation Center at 7 p.m.