Dec. 29, 2006
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Ohio women's basketball team defeated High Point, 82-70, in the opening game of the Florida Atlantic Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla.
The Bobcats will play in the championship game tomorrow and will face the winner of the Florida Atlantic/Campbell matchup.
Four of Ohio's starters scored in double figures led by Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) with a season-high 19 points and seven rebounds.
The senior forward went 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) and Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) had 15 points each. Redd also had eight rebounds.
Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds and Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) added six points and six assists.
Ohio's bench, which Head Coach Sylvia Crawley refers to as "the green team", contributed 15 points led by Lauren Hmiel (York, Pa.) with six.
Alana Trotter (Racine, Wis.) added five points and eight rebounds and Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) chipped in four points.
"Everybody had a role tonight," said Crawley. "Our starters needed to bring their "A" game and they did. I'm very pleased with our starting lineup and how the green team did a great job of contributing. We needed them to play well because we need them tomorrow. We're going to need Hmiel, Trotter and Bushby. I told the team that the key to winning a tournament is to win big in the opening game. I'm proud of the way we played. "
High Point's leading scorer was Candyce Sellars with 22 points. Amber Manuel and Ayonna Thompson registered 12 points each.
Ohio finished 29-of-58 (50-percent) from the floor and 5-fo-16 (31.3-percent) from behind the arc. Ohio battled inside and outscored High Point 32-to-20 in the paint. The Bobcats also dominated the battle of the boards as they outrebounded the Panthers 49-to-28.
Redd, Kohn and Bushby each hit threes as Ohio took a 15-6 lead in the first seven minutes of play. High Point went on a 9-2 run to cut Ohio's lead to two points at 17-15 but a 5-0 run by Kohn; including a three at 10:22, extended the Bobcats lead to seven at 22-15. Ohio stayed ahead and led by as many as 12 points before going into the locker room up by seven, 36-29, at halftime.
The Panthers were unable to handle Ohio's pressure in the second half and the Bobcats went on an 11-0 run midway through to half to build a 22-point advantage, 68-46, at the nine-minute mark. High Point held the Bobcats scoreless with two minutes left in regulation as the Panthers used a 4-0 run to cut Ohio's lead to 14 at 78-64. The Bobcats went on to win the game, 82-70.