Score: Ohio 83, Buffalo 55
Location: Athens, Ohio
The Short Story: Aggressive defense and a plethora of threes from the Ohio women's basketball team (11-2, 2-0 MAC) proved key, as it dominated Buffalo (11-2, 1-1 MAC) on Wednesday night (Jan. 4), by the final score of 83-55.
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins, #11 Kelly Karlis #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon
BUFFALO STARTERS: #1 Stephanie Reid, #4 JoAnna Smith, #5 Katherine Ups, #21 Mariah Suchan, #31 Cassie Oursler
How It Happened:
- Buffalo took first possession off the opening tip.
- Quiera Lampkins opened scoring for Ohio, as she made two from the stripe after getting fouled on a driving lay-up.
- At the 7:05 mark, Lampkins followed up four points from the stripe, with a three on the wing extending Ohioâs lead to seven.
- Taylor Agler got on the score sheet with just over a minute left in the quarter as she drained a corner three.
- Katie Barker nailed a corner three for the Bobcats at the buzzer and extended Ohioâs lead to 15, 17-2.
- Ohio played stout defense in the quarter, not allowing a single field goal and forcing eight turnovers.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon opened scoring for Ohio in the second as she drove baseline and finished the easy lay-up.
- Barker put Ohio ahead by 20 early on in the second, finding the bottom of the bucket for her second three of the game.
- At the media timeout, Ohio led 24-2.
- Ohio did not allow a field goal for the first twelve minutes of the game.
- After a three-minute dry spell, Yamonie Jenkins got fouled on a driving lay-up. She sank both of her free throws and gave the Bobcats a 29-8 lead with 4:56 left in the half.
- Amani Burke made a contested three from the wing with 4:05 left in the second, giving Ohio a 32-10 lead.
- With 1:32 left in the half, Barker knocked down her third three-pointer off of a nice find from Agler.
- Prior to the halftime buzzer, Lampkins spun around her defender and finished the lay-up to put Ohio ahead by 19.
- At the half, Ohio led Buffalo 37-18.
- Lampkins led all scorers in the first half with 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting. She added two rebounds and two assists.
- Barker finished the half with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting. She added two assists as well.
- Ohio held the Bulls to just 21 percent shooting at the half (5-of-24) and forced 11 turnovers.
- Kelly Karlis opened scoring for Ohio in the third off of a corner three.
- Lampkins found an easy path to the basket off of a nice dish from Agler. She brought Ohioâs lead to 24 points early in the quarter.
- At the media timeout, Ohio led 44-30. Buffalo went on a 12-2 run to cut the Bobcatsâ lead down to 14.
- After the Bobcats were held without a field goal for five minutes, Barker knocked yet another three down for Ohio. She extended their lead back to 15, 47-32.
- Agler then made it three consecutive threes for the Bobcats with 2:12 left in the third.
- Barker caught fire in the third as she went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
- At the end of the third, Ohio held a 60-44 lead.
- Jenkins opened scoring for Ohio in the fourth on a driving lay-up, blowing by three defenders.
- Jenkins found herself wide open on the wing and drained her first three of the game, bubbling Ohioâs lead back to 20, 67-47.
- With 6:00 left in regulation, Lampkins drove past her double team and finished the easy lay-in.
- Prior to the media timeout, Burke converted an and-one for the Bobcats.
- Weatherspoon drained a corner three for the Bobcats, giving Ohio a 77-55 lead.
- Ohio came out on top 83-55.
- Ohio scored 26 points in the paint and 21 points off of turnovers.
- The Bobcats defense forced Buffalo to turn the ball over 18 times. The Bobcats also dished out 21 assists.
- Barker led the team in scoring with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting. She added two assists on the night.
- Lampkins recorded 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
- Ohio shot 54 percent from the field, 54 percent from 3-point range and 63 percent from the line. The Bobcats also had five players in double figures.
- For Buffalo, JoAnna Smith led her squad with 29 points on 9-of-21 shooting.
- Summer Hemphill recorded six points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
- Buffalo shot 32 percent from the field, 30 percent from 3-point range and 94 percent from the line.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- Barker tied her career high in points tonight with 18.
- The Bobcats held Buffalo without a field goal for the first 12 minutes of the game.
- Ohioâs record improved to 11-2 on the season.
- The win was the 537th in program history.
- This was the 17th all-time win for the Bobcats over Buffalo.
- Coach Bob Boldon earned his 73rd win at Ohio.
- Ohioâs 83 points is the most this season.
- The Bobcats 14 made three-pointers is the most of the season for Ohio.
- With her 17 points, Lampkins moved into fifth all-time in scoring in program history.
- Ohio held Buffalo to their lowest first half total of the season (18).
âIt felt good beating a team after we lost to them three times in a row last season. I believe this is what championship teams do. This is what we need to do every game to get where we want to be.â â Quiera Lampkins
âI just felt it and my teammates continued to do a good job of giving me the ball when Iâm hot. When I can come in and make shots in the beginning and it just starts flowing, it feels good. Today, the corner shots just fell even though I am more of a wing three shooter.â â Katie Barker
âI think it starts with focus and everyone being on the same page and working together. We talked about being better than our individual parts and tonight we were. I donât think it is a huge surprise, we finally saw what we could do and it was nice.â â Head Coach Bob Boldon
âThis puts us in a good spot heading in to Northern Illinois. We have to accumulate as many wins as we can and we have to win at home if we are going to try to win the conference. It is big in that regard, beating a team that we havenât beaten in a year makes it a little sweeter.â â Head Coach Bob Boldon
Following this matchup, Ohio will travel to DeKalb, Ill. on Saturday, Jan. 7 to face Northern Illinois. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET