Dec. 30, 2006
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Ohio women's basketball team closed out the FAU Invitational tonight with a 58-56 loss to Florida Atlantic.
FAU's Shuteamia Brayboy hit a jumper as time expired to propel the Owls to their fourth win of the season and the tournament title. The Bobcats drop 7-5 on the season.
"We learned a tough lesson today," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "It takes two things to win a championship and that's defense and rebounding."
Ohio finished the night 20-of-60 (33.3-percent) from the floor, including 4-of-18 (22.2-percent) from beyond the three-point arc. The Bobcats also hit 12-of-21 (57.1-percent) from the free throw line.
Junior Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) led the Bobcats with 13 points and nine rebounds. Junior Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) chipped in 10 points and freshman Alana Trotter (Racine, Wis.) added 10 points off the bench from 5-of-6 shooting from the field. She also had six rebounds.
Sophomore Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) had eight points and seven rebounds and senior Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) had five points and eight rebounds.
Kohn and Silva were named to the all-tournament team.
The Owls were led by Mistoria Brown with 11 points. Brayboy had six points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
FAU took an eight-point lead into the intermission before Ohio opened the second half on a 9-2 run to tie the game 43-43 with 14:25 remaining. The game remained close throughout as the Bobcats forced ties at 45-45 and 55-55 from a three-pointer by Ward with 1:51 on the clock.
Brown hit 1-of-2 free throws to give the Owls a one-point lead at 56-55 with 1:22 remaining in regulation. Both teams were scoreless until Kohn hit 1-of-2 free throws with 6.1 seconds left to tie the game 56-56. A last minute jumper from Brayboy rattled off the backboard and into the basket as time ran out.
"In the first half I thought we were intimidated by their athleticism, "said Crawley. "I think we overcame our fear of playing athletic teams. We just didn't do the little things like make free throws and get loose balls."
The Bobcats will be back in action on Jan. 3 when they begin conference play on the road at Kent State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.