Dec. 30, 2013
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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (5-6) used a record-setting three-point shooting effort to blow past the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (1-11), 84-36, in a wire-to-wire win on Monday (Dec. 30) at the Convocation Center in the third-place game of the James Madison University Invitational.
The triumph in the final non-conference game of the 2013-14 regular season proved to be the most complete effort of the year thus far for the Bobcats.
Ohio set a school and Mid-American Conference record by knocking down 19 treys -- just four shy of breaking the NCAA record. The total also marked the most threes made in JMU's Convocation Center history. All but nine of Ohio's field goals came from behind the arc. The Bobcats shot 54.3% from three-point land.
The 48-point margin of victory was Ohio's largest since defeating Hofstra University by 51, 111-60, on Dec. 27, 1991.
"They really deserve it after the struggles we've had the last couple games of scoring the basketball," said first-year head coach Bob Boldon of his team's offensive output. "We were just running our offense. When they go in, it looks pretty good."
UMBC's 36 points marked the fewest scored by an Ohio opponent since the Bobcats limited Ball State University to 36 on March 4, 1995. The Bobcats never trailed UMBC.
"I was thrilled with our defensive effort," said Boldon. "UMBC runs a Princeton offense, and that can be difficult to guard. I was impressed with the maturity of our players."
The Bobcats also won the battle of the boards over the Retrievers, 48-25, and dished out a season-high 22 assists -- the most for the program since handing out 20 on Feb. 28, 2013, at the University of Akron.
Four Bobcats reached double digits in points, with sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) leading the way with 18 points off the bench. She went 6-for-7 from the field - including 5-for-6 from behind the arc. The contest marked the fifth time this season Black has reached double figures and led the Bobcats in scoring.
Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) tallied 17 points to achieve double digits for the fifth time this season. She finished 6-for-10 from the field - including 5-for-9 from three-point range. Her six made treys marked a career high.
Freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) chipped in 15 points off the bench, going 5-for-8 from the field -- including 3-for-4 from three. She reached double figures for the second time this season.
Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) registered 11 points to match her career high. She hit double digits for the fourth time this season after shooting 4-for-6 from the field -- including 3-for-4 from three-point range. Her three made threes were a career high.
Yelle also matched sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) and freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) for the team lead with seven rebounds.
Lampkins also passed out a career-high six assists. Freshman guard Yamonie Jenkins (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) came off the bench and matched her career high with five assists in addition to a game-high three steals.
The Bobcats raced out to a 51-22 halftime lead -- the most points in a first half by Ohio this season -- and had already knocked down 13 treys by the break.
The second half marked more of the same, as Byard's three with just over eight minutes to play set the new MAC standard. Ohio's lead swelled to 51 when Jenkins sunk the first of two free throw attempts with 5:29 to play.
Sophomore guard/forward Liz McNaughton led UMBC with a team-high 11 points. Sophomore center Bridget O'Donnell and junior guard Janelle Saling each chipped in 10 points for the Retrievers.
Ohio begins its 2014 MAC slate on Saturday (Jan. 4) against West Division foe Northern Illinois. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.