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Marshall Outlasts Ohio, 78-74

Dec. 14, 2007

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio women's basketball team staged a late rally against Marshall on Friday afternoon in the Convocation Center, but the Thundering Herd outlasted the Bobcats 78-74 in Ohio's first home game since Nov. 24.

Ohio (4-5) got a career-high 18 points from Chandra Myers (Sugarcreek, Ohio) in addition to eight rebounds, but four Marshall (5-4) players scored in double-digits, including 18 points each from guards Kizzy Hart and Casey Baker.

Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) and Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) had 16 and 18 points, respectively, for the `Cats to put three Bobcats into double-figures. Ward's 16 was a season-high for the senior point guard and Kohn added a game-high nine rebounds.

Ohio out-rebounded Marshall 37-36 but recorded four more turnovers (19-14) than the Thundering Herd. Marshall tallied 14 steals while Ohio had just six, but the Bobcats went 9-of-24 from the three-point line while Marshall made just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.

The Herd and Bobcats traded baskets in the first half, with Marshall holding a 33-30 edge at halftime. After the break the teams continued to go shot for shot before Ohio went on a 6-1 run that ended when a Lauren Hmiel (York, Pa.) 3-pointer gave the Bobcats a one-point lead with 15:06 on the clock.

The Herd responded with an 11-2 run that gave them an eight-point lead with 10:31 left in the game. Marshall maintained the lead and held a nine-point advantage, 71-62, with just 1:12 left on the clock. But the Bobcats rallied with the clock ticking away, cutting the lead to just two points on a Kohn 3-pointer with 25 seconds remaining.

Ohio had to foul quickly again and Hart sank both free throws and a Marshall lay-up with eight seconds remaining pushed Marshall's lead to four points at 78-74, the final score in the contest.

The score was never tied in the game and the lead changed just twice.

Ohio has Saturday off before playing host to Robert Morris on Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Convocation Center. It will be Athens Community Day at the Convo and all members of the Athens Community Center will be admitted free of charge.


Quenjana Adams is the women's basketball contact in the Ohio media relations office. She can be reached via email at adamsq@ohio.edu.