Dec. 18, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Ohio Women's Basketball played its first game at the 2011 Duel in the Desert on Sunday, dropping an 89-57 decision to the Oklahoma Sooners. The Bobcats were beaten by very accurate field-goal shooting, as the Sooners connected on 35-of-67 their attempts (52.2 percent) throughout the game.
The Bobcats (5-6) were led in scoring by Porsha Harris' 13 points. Tenishia Benson was not far behind, scoring 12. Sharane Campbell led the way for Oklahoma (5-3), scoring a game-high 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. The Sooners outscored Ohio in the paint by a 42-18 margin.
Oklahoma leapt out to a quick 8-0 lead in the first 2:43, taking advantage of strong early shooting from the floor. The Sooners were able to push this lead to 21-7 near the midpoint of the first half thanks to 9-of-16 shooting (56.3 percent). Benson had a strong start for the Green and White, scoring six of Ohio's first seven points.
Ohio had difficulty keying in on just one Oklahoma student-athlete, as the Sooners benefited from a very balanced scoring effort to take a 52-29 lead at halftime. Eight Sooners scored during the first frame as the team shot 22-of-35 (62.9 percent) from the field. The Bobcats were led by 10 points from Benson and eight from Harris, shooting 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) as a team from the floor.
Oklahoma had two players in double figures in the first half, as Campbell and Morgan Hook scored 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Robinson (Canton, Ohio) got the `Cats off to a good start just 20 seconds into the second frame, hitting a mid-range jumper to score the first points of the half. Harris (Chicago, Ill.) kept up her strong post play in the second period, frequently working her way to the free-throw line and connecting on five of six attempts. The junior ended the night shooting 9-of-12 from the charity stripe.
The Sooners methodically worked their way into the paint during the second half, getting down low and taking advantage of short jumpers and second-chance baskets. Oklahoma scored 18 points in the paint during an important stretch in the second period, all of which came from Jelena Cerina (10) and Joanna McFarland (8). This success down low combined with 13-of-14 (92.9 percent) shooting from the free-throw line helped the Sooners to an 89-57 victory.
Freshman Samantha Buls (New Market, Md.) had a career day for the Green and White, playing a career high eight minutes, scoring a career high four points and picking up a career high three rebounds.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Monday when they play their second game of the three-day tournament against Xavier. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. EST.