Dec. 4, 2006
MACOMB, Ill. - The Ohio (5-0, 0-0) women's basketball team extended its winning streak to five games with a 67-43 road victory over Western Illinois (1-6, 0-0) on Monday night.
The Bobcats finished 26-of-64 (41-percent) from the floor and just 4-of-15 (27-percent) from behind the three-point line. The Bobcats were perfect from the free throw line hitting 11-of-11.
Three players scored in double figures for Ohio led by Simone Redd (Warrenville Heights, Ohio) with 15 points. She also had three steals. Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) and Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) each had 11 points. Kohn added seven rebounds and three steals. Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) registered eight points and tallied a team-high 12 rebounds. Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) had six points each.
Ohio's tough defense set the tone all night. The Bobcats held the Westerwinds to 25 percent shooting from the floor and 18 percent from the charity stripe, while forcing 14 turnovers. The defense also helped Ohio win the points off of turnovers battle 17-5. Ohio's lead increased to as many as 25 points and the Bobcats won the game by a margin of 24.
Both teams went without a field goal in the first 3:54 minutes of play. Ohio scored the first basket of the game at 16:46 for a 2-0 advantage. The Bobcats used a 6-2 run to pull up 8-2 but Western Illinois cut the lead to three at 13-10. The Bobcats then took control with an 8-0 run, took a 21-10 lead and built their biggest lead to as many as 13 points at 28-15. The Westerwinds made a turnaround in the closing minutes of the first half scoring six unanswered points to pull within four at the half, 28-24.
To start the second half, Sarah Miller hit a three-pointer to put Western Illinois within one point at 28-27. That would be the only basket the Westerwinds would have in almost nine minutes as Ohio went on an 18-0 run and dominated the second half by building a 25 point advantage before running away with the 67-43 victory.
The Bobcats now look to continue their winning ways as they face Missouri on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. CT in Columbia, Mo.
Ohio Head Coach Sylvia Crawley
"We just wanted to win tonight. We ran into some adversity on the way. Our bus got stuck in the snow and one of our players got food poisoning. We played by the quote `Whatever it takes," tonight."
"The second half we made some adjustments to drive and shot face more to open up our chances to get to the basket and draw the foul."