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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Junior Lauren Kohn led the Bobcats with 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting.
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Junior Lauren Kohn led the Bobcats with 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

Dec. 9, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) scored 21 points as the Ohio women's basketball team dropped its second consecutive game with a 77-69 loss to No. 24 Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats (5-2, 0-0) finished 28-69 (40.6-percent) from the floor and 4-for-12 (33-percent) from behind the three-point line. Pitt (10-0, 0-0) scored 56 points in the paint compared to 38 for the Bobcats. Ohio shot 9-of-17 (52.9-percent) from the free throw line while allowing the Panthers 21 freebies.

Kohn led all Bobcat scorers with 21 points on 10-18 shooting from the field and 1-for-4 from the three-point line. She also added 2 rebounds and one assist. Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) scored 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting and grabbed three rebounds. Freshman forward Alana Trotter (Racine, Wis.) grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. Trotter also added five points on 2-of 4 shooting from the field.

The Bobcats outscored Pitt's reserves 13-6. The Bobcat reserves went 4-for-10 (40-percent) from the floor and were led by Trotter and fellow freshman, Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio). Bushby, who played seven minutes for the Bobcats, contributed six points and two rebounds.

Marcedes Walker led all scorers with 30 points on 13-for-18 (72.2-percent) shooting for the game. She also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Shavonte Zellous added 21 points and eight rebounds in the win.

Ohio's speed kept them in the game but in the end Pittsburgh's inside presence and aggressiveness was just too much. The Panthers did most of their damage from inside the paint by outscoring the Bobcats 56-38 in points in the paint. Coming down the stretch, Pitt beat and out-muscled the Bobcats for loose balls and rebounds, which is how they won the rebounding battle 42-41.

The Bobcats recorded six steals and allowed the Panthers to shoot 51.6 percent from the floor, while forcing them into 16 turnovers. Ohio's defense helped them win the points off of turnovers battle 14-10. There were 22 lead changes in the game and Ohio's largest lead increased to as many as five points.

In the first half, the Bobcats forced Pitt into nine turnovers. The Bobcats would capitalize on the Panthers miscues by scoring eight points off Pitt's turnovers. Pitt shot 41.2 percent from the field and failed to connect on a three-point shot in the half (0-for-4).

Redd paced the Bobcats in the first half with 14 points and two rebounds, while shooting 5-for-11 from the field and 2-for-3 from behind the arc. Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) chipped in with six points and three first half rebounds. The Bobcats shot 13-for-31 (41.9-percent) from the floor and 2-for-7 (28.6-percent) from behind the three-point line.

In the second half the Panthers continued to pound the ball inside, which would be the deciding factor in the game. Pitt shot 18-for-28 (64.3 percent) in the second half, with the majority of their field goals coming from inside the paint. The Bobcats fought hard to stay in the game but Pitt out-hustled Ohio and pulled out an eight point victory.

The Bobcats now look to get back on the winning track as they head to Auburn, Ala. to face the Auburn Tigers on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Tip-off is set for scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

Notes:

- Ohio is now 5-2 under new head coach Sylvia Crawley.

- Lauren Kohn scored her 100th point as a Bobcat off a jumper with 9:06 left in the first half.

- Quintana Ward moved into 10th place on Ohio's career assist list. She now has 243 career assists.