Dec. 3, 2011
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Ohio Women's Basketball dropped its third contest of the season on Saturday, falling 83-60 at Duquesne. The Dukes leapt out to an early first-half lead courtesy of very strong offensive rebounding and the Bobcats were unable to erase the deficit despite an improved second-half performance.
Shavon Robinson led the way for the Bobcats, scoring 19 points and collecting eight rebounds. The sophomore finished only three points shy of tying her career high (22) set last season against Miami.
Ohio shot 39.6 percent for the game (21-for-53) including 26.7 percent from three-point distance (4-for-15). The Bobcats made their way to the free throw line 22 times, connecting on 14 of their attempts.
The Dukes held a significant rebounding edge throughout the contest, collecting 47 rebounds to Ohio's 33. Duquesne picked up 23 offensive rebounds throughout the 40 minutes and shot 47.2 percent (34-of-72) from the floor.
Duquesne got off to a very strong start on the boards, picking up the game's first 10 rebounds en route to a 15-4 lead. Ohio (3-3) battled better down low over the next few minutes to grab four consecutive rebounds, but the Dukes kept scoring, opening up a 21-8 lead 8:50 into the first frame.
The Bobcats answered well over the next five minutes, going on a 10-3 run to pull within six at 24-18. Unfortunately for the Green and White, Duquesne scored 16 of the next 23 points to take a 40-25 lead into the halftime break.
Mariah Byard (Mannington, W.Va.) performed well in the first half for the `Cats, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shooting from long range. Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) and Porsha Harris (Chicago, Ill.) also added six points each in the first frame. Ohio shot at an impressive 47.8 percent clip throughout the first half, but it was the rebounding that made the difference. Duquesne (5-1) picked up more offensive rebounds (17) in the first 20 minutes than the Bobcats collected in total (15), resulting in 17 more field goal attempts for the Dukes.
Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) began the second half with a number of very smart drives, picking up two Duquesne fouls in the first four minutes. She connected on three of her four free throws to shrink Ohio's deficit. Robinson and Harris also had very strong second halves, with Robinson scoring 13 of her 19 points in the second frame (7-of-10 second half FTs) and Harris added nine in the final 20 minutes.
Four players scored in double figures for the Dukes. Alex Gensler led the way with a game-high 22 that included 4-of-7 shooting from distance while Wumi Agunbiade, Orsi Szecsi and Vanessa Abel all added 15. In addition to her 15 points, Agunbiade pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Monday at Cleveland State. Game time is set for 7 p.m. with a link to a live video stream available on OhioBobcats.com. Ohio has won 10 of its last 11 contests against Cleveland State.