Dec. 21, 2012
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Ohio Women's Basketball outscored Long Island University - Brooklyn by a 33-23 margin in the second half on Friday afternoon, but it wasn't quite enough as the Bobcats (4-7) fell by a final score of 63-54. Erin Bailes led all scorers with 19 points while freshman Lexie Baldwin registered her first career double-double in the defeat.
The Bobcats (4-7) forced Long Island into 31 turnovers in the contest, the most they have forced in a single game all season. Ohio also crashed the offensive glass well in the defeat, grabbing 13 offensive rebounds and scoring 14 second-chance points.
Bailes scored her game-high 19 points on 6-16 shooting. She shot 3-9 from three-point distance, grabbed three rebounds, and went a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line. Teammate Baldwin had an efficient outing in 24 minutes of play, scoring her 10 points on 5-13 shooting. Seven of her 13 rebounds were corralled on the offensive end.
Four Blackbirds ended the game in double figures, with Honor Duvall's 14 points leading the way. Cleandra Roberts (11 points), Krystal Wells (11), and Tamika Guz (10) joined her with at least 10 points. Roberts recorded the game's other double-double, grabbing 10 boards in addition to her 11 points.
Long Island (3-5) took an early lead in Friday's game, jumping out to a 15-9 advantage at the 11:55 mark. Five players found the score sheet in the opening eight minutes for the Blackbirds, as the hosts began the game shooting 7-13 from the field. Ohio went 4-13 during this same stretch, as Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) led all scorers with five points on 2-3 shooting.
The Blackbirds would stretch their advantage as far as 21 (40-19) during the remainder of the first half. Much of Long Island's first-half success came from its post play, as the Blackbirds scored 26 points in the paint during the first 20 minutes of the contest en route to taking a 40-21 advantage into the halftime break.
The hosts shot 53 percent (16-30) from the field, including 2-3 from long range, in the first half. Long Island enjoyed balanced scoring during the first frame, as five players scored six points or more in the first 20 minutes. Duvall, Guz, and Letava Whippy each tied for a team-high with eight points. Guz added seven rebounds to her scoring efforts in the first half.
Bailes chipped in nine points to lead all scorers in the first half. The junior guard was followed by freshman Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.), who scored four points and pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
Ohio got off to a strong start in the second half, forcing six early Blackbird turnovers due to an inspired full-court press in the first few minutes of the period. The `Cats were able to put together a 6-0 run on two baskets by Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) and one from Ashley Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio).
The Bobcats would stretch this run even further, cutting the deficit to nine points (46-37) when Bailes sank two free throws with 10:27 to play. This capped a 16-6 run for the Bobcats which spanned nearly 10 full minutes. During this stretch, LIU only connected on three field goals.
A quick 5-0 run by the Blackbirds put them firmly back in command of the contest. Ohio would threaten once more when Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) scored a fast-break layup with 4:20 to play, cutting the deficit to eight points (55-47). This was as close as the Bobcats would get during the final moments of the game.
Ohio will next be in action on Jan. 5 at Xavier. The Bobcats and Musketeers will tip off at 2 p.m. in Cincinnati.