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Frederick's Career Performance Helps Ohio Defeat Marshall

Dec. 16, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) had a career performance as the Ohio women's basketball team got back on the winning track by defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd 74-71 Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

Frederick recorded a career-high 33 points, breaking her previous high of 27 points. She also went 11-for-12 (91.7-percent) from the field, including shooting 4-for-4 from behind the three-point line, which puts her in third place on Ohio's all-time single game field goal percentage list. First place belongs to former Bobcats' Maja Mitrovic and Latreece Bagley, who both finished games with perfect shooting percentages.

"Rachel had a great game," said head coach Sylvia Crawley. I think whenever Domenica establishes a presence in the game it forces the other team to kind of suck down on her and then it opens up for the perimeter players - especially Rachel because normally when you double in the post, you double with the other post player, and Rachel is our other post player. So whenever we can get Domenica playing well, playing aggressively inside it is going to open it up for Rachel every time."

The Bobcats (6-3, 0-0) finished 28-for-56 (50.0-percent) from the floor and 6-for-14 (42.9-percent) from behind the three-point line. Ohio battled inside and managed a tie with Marshall (6-4, 1-0) in points in the paint with 30. The Bobcats shot 12-of-13 (92.3-percent) from the free throw line while allowing the Herd 20 free-throw attempts.

The Bobcats shot the ball great all afternoon and managed to have three players score in double figures. Frederick led all scorers with her career-high 33 points. She added seven rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in the victory. Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) scored 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) added 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting. Kohn is the lone Bobcat to score in double figures in all of the team's games so far this season.

The Bobcat reserves played a major part in the team's victory over the Herd. Even though they were outscored by Marshall's reserves 21-11, the Bobcat reserves played excellent defense and found any and every way to give a positive contribution to the team. The reserves were led by freshman Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio), who played 23 minutes when junior point guard Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) got into foul trouble. Bushby scored nine points on 4-for-8 shooting and grabbed five boards.

Modupe Ishola led the Thundering Herd with nine rebounds and 14 points on 6-for-10 (60.0-percent) shooting. Meagan Samis and Meg Withrow added 12 points apiece in the loss.

Ohio's improved post defense was their key to victory. The Bobcat defense didn't allow Marshall to dominate post-play and forced the Herd into 16 turnovers. There were only three lead changes in the game and Ohio's largest lead increased to as many as 12 points, before the Bobcats won the game by the final margin of victory.

Both teams came out firing as they looked excited to renew an old rivalry. The first half was played tight until the Bobcats went on a 17-6 run over the final seven minutes of the half, which gave them a 34-27 lead at the half.

In the first half, the Bobcats forced Marshall into nine turnovers. The Bobcats would capitalize on the Thundering Herd's mistakes by scoring seven points off Marshall's turnovers. Ohio held Marshall to 37.0 percent shooting from the floor.

Frederick paced the Bobcats in the first half with 14 points and seven rebounds, while shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from behind the arc. Redd chipped in with six first half points. The Bobcats shot 15-for-29 (51.7-percent) from the floor and 4-for-10 (40.0-percent) from behind the three-point line.

In the second half, the Bobcats maintained their defensive pressure and intensity. Ohio started on a 14-7 run through the first 3:25 of the half, forcing Marshall to take a timeout. Marshall battled back but fell short as Meg Withrow missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that could have sent the game into overtime.

"We have a goal to go 9-3 before our conference season starts," said Crawley. "This team was 9-20 last year, so if this we can start our conference season with nine wins that is pretty good for us."

The Bobcats now look to stay on the winning track as they travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. to face Robert Morris on Thursday, Dec. 21. Tip-off is set for scheduled for 7 p.m.


- Ohio is now 6-3 under new head coach Sylvia Crawley.

- The Bobcats are now 5-1 in the Convo this season.

- The Bobcats are now 5-0 when leading at halftime this season.

- Junior Quintana Ward is now alone in 9th place on Ohio's career assist list. She now has 256 career assist, which puts her only seven assists away from a tie for 8th place.

- Sophomore Rachel Frederick recorded a new career high with 33 points. Her previous career high was 27 points.

- Sophomore Rachel Frederick's 91.7 percent shooting performance from the field puts her in 3rd place on Ohio's all-time single game field goal percentage list. Before her only miss, off a jumpshot from the corner with 2:25 left in the second half, she was perfect from everywhere on the court (field goals, three-pointers, free-throws).