Dec. 10, 2007
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -
The Ohio women's basketball team jumped out to a 25-8 lead and staved off a Lehigh comeback early in the second half to beat the Mountain Hawks 67-53 at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa.
The only time Lehigh (3-6) held a lead was at 6-5 early in the first half but five quick points by senior Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) started a 20-4 run lasting just more than 10 minutes.
Kohn finished with nine points while freshman Jackie Hiebert (Maple Grove, Minn.) paced Ohio (4-4) with 15 points, a career high, in just 13 minutes on the court. Sophomore Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) added 12 points and senior Simeon Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) tallied 10 points to put three Bobcats into double digits scoring.
Freshman Kamille Buckner (Chicago, Ill.) had a career-high four blocks and a team-high eight rebounds. Six of Buckner's eight boards were on the offensive glass. Fellow freshman Carolyn Barnett pulled down seven boards and a career-high four points.
The Bobcats shot just 36 percent in the first half but connected on 5-of-6 3-pointers. Ohio improved its shooting in the second half to finish at 42 percent (26-of-62). Lehigh connected on 21-of-64 shots but sank just 1-of-14 attempts from beyond the 3-point line.
The Mountain Hawks were led by Tricia Smith's 14 points and Haly Crites pulled down a team-high 11 boards but Lehigh was out-rebounded 51-33 in the contest.
The scoring started slow in Ohio's last of a five-game road trip. Lehigh took an early 2-0 lead that was only erased when senior Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) hit a 3-pointer with 16:25 left in the first half to give Ohio its first lead, 3-2.
Lehigh notched another bucket but Kohn and Barnett's run sparked the Bobcat offense and Ohio won its second contest of the last three games.
The Bobcats will play host to Marshall on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Convocation Center.