Score: Central Michigan 70, Ohio 64
Location: Athens, Ohio
The Short Story: A season-high 32 points from Quiera Lampkins was not enough for Ohio (18-6, 9-4 MAC), as the Bobcats fell in a hard fought battle to Central Michigan (19-6, 11-2 MAC) on Wednesday night (Feb. 15), by the final score of 70-64.
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins, #11 Kelly Karlis, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon
CENTRAL MICHIGAN STARTERS: #2 Tinara Moore, #3 Presley Hudson, #10 Cassie Breen, #13 Reyna Frost, #20 Jewel Cotton
How It Happened:
- Central Michigan took first possession off the opening tip.
- Quiera Lampkins opened scoring for Ohio in the first 30 seconds, as she swished a jumper from the charity stripe.
- Lampkins followed that up with a corner three to give the Bobcats an early 5-0 lead.
- With 5:46 left in the first, Amani Burke drove baseline and finished a tough lay-up attempt that put Ohio ahead, 10-4.
- Kelly Karlis connected on her second three of the quarter from the right corner. Ohio led, 15-4, with 1:10 remaining.
- At the end of the first quarter, Ohio held a 15-9 advantage.
- Yamonie Jenkins made her first three-pointer of the game early on in the second.
- After a near four-minute dry spell, Jenkins found her way to the basket for an easy lay-up to tie the game, 20-20.
- With 3:37 left in the half, Lampkins converted on an and-one opportunity that tied the game at 23 a piece.
- Agler put her name on the score sheet with a deep three from the top of the arc.
- At the half, Ohio trailed Central Michigan 31-26.
- Lampkins led the team in scoring in the first half with 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting. She added three rebounds and three assists.
- Karlis finished the half with six points, going 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.
- Ohio forced the Chippewas to turn the ball over 16 times in the first half. The Bobcats tallied seven assists and seven steals as well.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon opened scoring for the Bobcats in the second half on nice finish from a contested post move.
- After ten consecutive free throws for the Bobcats, Lampkins crossed up her defender and finished at the rim. Ohio trailed by eight, 48-40, with 2:06 remaining in the third.
- Jenkins soared above three defenders and tipped an offensive rebound to Lampkins who then got fouled driving to the lane. She converted both from the stripe and cut Ohioâs deficit to seven.
- Lampkins scored the last six points for Ohio in the quarter, however the Bobcats still trailed 51-44 heading in the fourth.
- Jenkins opened scoring for Ohio in the final quarter as she went 1-of-2 from the charity stripe.
- Agler then connected on her second three of the game, bringing the Bobcats to within five of Central Michigan.
- Weatherspoon swatted a lay-up attempt far out of bounds, making sure Ohio didnât fall behind by any more than five.
- With 5:42 left in regulation, Lampkins hit an uncontested elbow jumper, bringing the score to 57-52.
- At the final media timeout Central Michigan led Ohio, 57-56.
- After the media timeout, Lampkins scored on consecutive drives to the basket. She kept Ohio within one, 61-60, with 2:52 remaining.
- Ohio went cold from the field following this, as the Bobcats did not convert a field goal until 17 seconds left in regulation.
- Jenkins would score the final points for Ohio on a lay-up with nine seconds remaining.
- Central Michigan came out on top, 70-64.
- Ohio scored 24 points in the paint and 23 points off of turnovers.
- The Bobcats defense forced Central Michigan to turn the ball over 26 times. The Bobcats also dished out nine assists.
- Lampkins led the team in scoring with 32 points on 11-of-28 shooting. She added eight rebounds and four assists.
- Jenkins added 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting. She also contributed three assists to her final stat sheet.
- Ohio shot 30 percent from the field, 24 percent from three-point range and 95 percent from the line.
- For Central Michigan, Cassie Breen led her squad tonight with 26 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
- Presley Hudson recorded 16 points, six assists and three rebounds.
- Central Michigan shot 51 percent from the field, 44 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the line.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- Lampkins scored her season high, totaling 32 points on the night.
- Lampkins has also scored in double figures in 19 consecutive games.
- This was the best percentage Ohio has shot from the charity stripe, 95 percent (18-of-19) on the season (min. 15 attempts).
- Ohio forced 26 turnovers on the night, which is tied for the second highest amount forced on the season.
- Ohioâs record on the season is now 18-6, with a 9-4 record in MAC play.
âThey were pretty good, they are hard to guard. I thought we lost a little bit of focus, which is silly. You saw some shots they made, they have really good players. They are the best team in our conference for a reason.â - Head Coach Bob Boldon
âWe just did not have good pace on offense the whole night and I certainly wish I knew why. I thought our pace and our tempo was just really poor. We seem to be playing at less than full speed when we are on offense. It put us in some difficult driving situations. Our pace was not where it needed to be to beat Central Michigan.â - Head Coach Bob Boldon
âMental breakdowns are what is our problem and we canât have those late in the season if we want to be a championship team. Our defense was our problem tonight, we let them score too much.â - Quiera Lampkins
âWe need to win the rest of our games and finish the season strong, as well as go into MAC tournament play strong.â - Quiera Lampkins
âWe are never afraid to play someone we want to. I think that would be a sign of growth in this program, to come into the MAC tournament and beat a team that beat us twice in the regular season.â - Taylor Agler
Following this matchup, Ohio will travel to Kent, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 11 to take on the Golden Flashes of Kent State. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.