Dec. 6, 2012
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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball put an emphatic end to its five-game losing streak on Thursday night, defeating the Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels by a final score of 69-58. Four Bobcat players scored in double figures and Ohio out-rebounded EKU in the victory.
Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) led the way offensively for the Bobcats (2-5), tying a game-high with 14 points. The junior guard was very efficient with her offensive play, connecting on five-of-eight attempts from the field and getting to the free-throw line seven times. Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio), Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.), and Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) joined her in double figures, chipping in with 13, 12, and 12, respectively.
In the 100th game of her Bobcat career, Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) played a strong 31 minutes. She proved to be a presence in the post on the defensive end, helping the `Cats win the points in the paint battle (26-24) for the first time all season.
Raechele Gray tied Robinson's game-high of 14 points, connecting on 5-of-14 field goals. She was joined in double figures by Alex Jones, who scored 13 points. Eastern Kentucky (5-4) shot at a brisk 48.1 percent clip in the first half but cooled down significantly during the final 20 minutes, only connecting on just more than 26 percent of its field-goal attempts.
Ohio came out of the gate quickly to take an early 8-5 lead when Bailes scored a layup 4:39 into the contest. The Lady Colonels answered back immediately, piecing together a 17-2 run over the next six minutes to take a commanding 22-10 lead.
Facing a 33-24 deficit with just 2:39 remaining in the first half, Ohio ripped off an impressive 10-1 run to tie things up at 34 at the halftime break. The Bobcats connected on 13-of-33 field goal attempts (39.4 percent) in the first 20 minutes while Eastern Kentucky operated a clip of 13-of-27 (48.1 percent). Bailes, Lyles, and EKU's Jade Barber were tied atop the scoring sheet, coming in with nine points each. Ohio outmuscled EKU down low in the first 20 minutes, holding a 16-14 edge in points scored in the paint.
The Bobcats pestered the Lady Colonels in the first half, forcing the visitors into 16 turnovers. Ohio was able to score 12 points from these EKU miscues.
Black scored the first point of the second half, hitting a free throw 65 seconds into the frame to give the `Cats a one-point lead. The Green and White would never trail from this point on, holding the lead throughout the entire second half en route to the victory.
A huge part of Ohio's success in the second half was its ability to get to the free-throw line. The Bobcats shot 23 free throws in the final 20 minutes, connecting on 16 of them. Ohio would ultimately end the game shooting 22-of-29 (75.9 percent) from the charity stripe. The Bobcats entered the game as the best free throw shooting team in the Mid-American Conference and actually shot better than their season average in the victory.
Ohio will next be in action when it wraps up this current five-game homestand on Sunday against Morehead State. The Bobcats and Eagles will tip off from The Convocation Center at 2 p.m.