Score: Northern Illinois 88, Ohio 80
Location: DeKalb, Ill.
The Short Story: Despite five Bobcats scoring in double figures and Jasmine Weatherspoon registering her fourth double-double of the season, the Ohio womenâs basketball team (11-3, 2-1 MAC) fell to Northern Illinois (10-4, 3-0 MAC) 88-80 on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 7).
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins, #11 Kelly Karlis #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon
NORTHERN ILLINOIS STARTERS: #1 Cassidy Glenn, #4 Courtney Woods, #21 Mikayla Voigt, #25 Kelly Smith, #31 Ally Lehman
How It Happened:
- NIU won the tip to open the game.
- NIU scored first to give the Huskies a 2-0 early on.
- The Huskies took a 4-0 lead with 8:48 left in the first when NIU hit two free throws.
- Quiera Lampkins got Ohio on the board with 6:50 left in the first quarter on a layup, breaking the NIU 9-0 scoring run to open the game.
- Taylor Agler would get the ball back moments later on a steal and a hide open layup. She would then make the score 9-5 with a made free throw.
- Hannah Boesinger would score six-straight points to make the score 13-11 with 3:54 left in the first quarter.
- Ohio would take a 14-13 lead when Yamonie Jenkins connected on a layup and made her free throw with 3:34 left in the game.
- NIU would take a 15-14 lead when they connected on two free throws with 3:27 left in the first.
- Lampkins would then hit a three-pointer with 2:20 left in the first quarter to make the game 17-15.
- Ohio would take a 21-17 lead after the first quarter when Lampkins hit a layup as time expired.
- Lapkins would connect a layup in the opening moments of the second quarter to give Ohio a 23-17 lead.
- NIU would then go on a 17-0 run to put the Huskies up 31-23 with 6:37 left in the second quarter.
- Agler would hit a three to make the score 31-26 with 6:24 left in the second.
- Katie Barker would hit two three pointers in the final minute of the second quarter to make the score 45-34.
- Ohio trailed 45-34 at the half.
- Lampkins led Ohio with nine points, going 4-of-8 from the field and four rebounds.
- Boesinger finished the half with eight points, going 2-of-5 from the field and 2-of-4 from the free throw line.
- Ohio shot .448 from the field, .333 from three-point range and .571 from the free throw line.
- Ohio dished out eight assists, have three blocks and two steals.
- Ohio forced six Huskie turnovers and scored six points off of them.
- Leading NIU at the half was Cassidy Glenn who scored 12 points, going 5-of-12 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 1-of-1 from the free throw line.
- Courtney Woods added nine points.
- As a team, NIU shot .438 from the field, .300 from three-point range and .824 from the free throw line.
- NIU forced Ohio to turn the ball over 13 times and scored 18 points off of those turnovers.
- NIU dished out six assists and had seven steal.
- Lampkins opened the third quarter just like she did the second, with a made layup in the opening minute to make the score 45-36.
- Ohio would cut the NIU lead to six at the 6:09 mark when Agler made a free throw, making the score 51-45.
- NIU would go up by 12 with 3:26 left in the third quarter.
- Jenkins would make both of her free throws with 1:10 left and pull the score to 67-58.
- Ohio would trail 69-58 at the end of the third quarter.
- NIU would go on a 6-0 run to open the fourth quarter to take a 75-56 lead.
- Weatherspoon would score three-straight points for Ohio to make the score 75-61 with 6:29 left.
- Ohio would cut the NIU lead to 13 with 4:06 left when Lampkins made a layup.
- Boesinger would connect on a jumper with 3:25 left to make the score 79-68.
- Barker would follow that up moments later with a three-pointer, making the game 79-71 with 3:05 left.
- NIU would go back up 12 with 2:15 left.
- Ohio would go on a 6-0 run in the final moments, making the score 84-80 when Barker would drain a three-pointer with 35 seconds left.
- However, that is as close as they would get as NIU would connect on four free throws to take the game 88-80.
- Lampkins led Ohio with 21 points, going 9-of-22 from the field, 2-of-5 from three-point range and 1-of-2 from the free throw line.
- Weatherspoon registered her fourth double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
- Barker also scored 12 points, going 4-of-6 from three-point range.
- Agler and Jenkins both scored 11 poonts and Boesinger scored 10.
- Agler and Lampkins both grabbed seven rebounds each.
- Overall, Ohio shot .429 from the field, .333 from three-point range and .500 from the free throw line.
- Ohio had 37 rebounds, dished out 18 assists, has six blocks and 11 steals.
- Ohio forced NIU to turn the ball over 18 times and scored 22 points off of them.
- Ohio scored 40 points in the pain and has 25 bench points.
- For NIU, Cassidy Glenn scored 24 points, going 9-of-22 from the field, 3-of-6 from three-point range and 30of-3 from the free throw line.
- Courtney Woods scored 18 points, going 3-of-8 from the field and 11-of-14 from the free throw line.
- Mikayla Voigt (13), Ally Lehman (13) and Kelly Smith (10) all scored in double figures as well.
- As a team, NIU shot .441 from the field, .333 from three-point range and .886 from the free throw line.
- NIU grabbed 45 rebounds, dished out 11 assists, had three blocks and 10 steals.
- NIU forced the Bobcats to turn the ball over 17 times and scored 22 points off fo them.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- Jasmine Weatherspoon recorded her fourth double-double of the season.
- With her 21 points, Lampkins now has 1,465 career points, moving her to fourth all-time in scoring.
- Ohio is now 2-1 in MAC play.
- The loss snapped a three-game winning streak against NIU.
- The was the first loss to a MAC West team since the Bobcats lost the Eastern Michigan on Feb. 18, 2015.
- Agler set a season and career-high with eight assists.
"We still have some weaknesses. I think the frustrating part is you felt like we were making progress defensively. We just took a huge step backwards today with just poor defense from top to bottom from game planning to execution. The whole thing was poor. But, it nice you get to see this on tape and you get to try and correct it. You get the chance to play quickly. That's the nice thing about conference play, you get to play quickly on Wednesday and try to do better." Head Coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcats remain on the road when they head to Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Jan. 11 for a date with the Zips. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside James A. Rhodes Arena.