Dec. 19, 2012
MANHATTAN, N.Y. – Ohio Women’s Basketball experienced its first setback since Dec. 2 on Wednesday evening, falling at Manhattan by a final score of 58-49.
The Bobcats did a good job of getting to the free-throw line, going 20-27 (74.1 percent) from the charity stripe, but were unable to overcome a difficult shooting night which saw them go 13-50 (26 percent) from the field. Manhattan operated at a 45 percent clip, hitting 18 of its 40 field-goal attempts including going 6-15 from three-point distance.
Symone Lyles led the way for the Bobcats offensively, scoring 11 points on 4-5 shooting. She was joined in double figures by Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio), who scored 10 points on 3-9 shooting. Wednesday’s game marked the sixth straight outing during which she has scored in double figures.
Manhattan was led in scoring by Monica Roeder’s game-high 15 points. She also pulled down three rebounds, dished out four assists, swatted two blocks, and made two steals in 33 minutes of play.
Ohio jumped out to an early 6-4 lead, but the Jaspers would answer back with a 10-0 run to get out to a 14-6 advantage at the 10:50 mark. An important part of this run was hot shooting from Roeder and Ashley Stec, each of whom hit three-pointers from distance.
Sophomore point guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) appeared in her second contest of the season on Wednesday night, sinking four free throws between the 4:31 and 2:40 marks of the first half to score her first points of the season. Her four shots at the charity stripe pulled Ohio within five at 25-20.
Manhattan (3-7) took a 27-21 lead into the halftime break, shooting 9-22 (40.9 percent) from the field. The Jaspers were particularly dangerous from distance, going 5-9 (55.6 percent) from three-point range. Ohio connected on seven of its 24 attempts in the first half, shooting 29.2 percent. The Bobcats were 1-8 (12.5 percent) from three-point range.
Ohio (4-6) held a 16-14 edge in rebounds at the end of the first half, and also plucked five offensive boards away from the Jaspers. Yelle, Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.), Mariah Byard (Mannington, W.Va.), and Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) each scored four points for the Bobcats to lead Ohio’s offensive efforts. Roeder scored 10 points for the hosts in the first half to lead the way for all players. She went 2-4 from distance in the first 20 minutes.
Facing a 49-38 deficit late in the second half, Ohio ripped off a 6-0 run to pull within five with 3:56 remaining on the clock. Key during this run were four free throws from Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.). Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) followed this up with an important fast-break layup.
From this point on, Manhattan scored nine of the game’s final 13 points to put it out of reach.
Ohio will next be in action at LIU Brooklyn on Friday afternoon. The Bobcats and Blackbirds will tip off at 1 p.m. This game will serve as Ohio’s final action of the 2012 calendar year.