Score: Kent State 83, Ohio 77 (OT)
Location: Kent, Ohio
The Short Story: With six seconds left and down by two, Kelly Karlis would steal the ball from the Kent State inbounder and nail the open layup to tie the game at the end of regulation. Unfortunately the Ohio womenâs basketball team (18-7, 9-5 MAC) would fall to Kent State (15-11, 9-5 MAC), 83-77, in overtime on Saturday afternoon.
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins, #11 Kelly Karlis, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon
KENT STATE STARTERS: #1 Naddiyah Cross, #3 Larissa Lurken, #10 McKenna Stephens, #24 Alexa Golden, #35 Jordan Korinek
How It Happened:
- Kent State won the tip.
- Ohio got on the board first with a Quiera Lampkins layup with 9:10 left in the first quarter.
- Kent State responded with a made three pointer at the 8:28 mark.
- Ohio came back with a made layup from Yamonie Jenkins, followed by another from Lampkins to give the Bobcats a 6-3 lead with 7:33 left.
- After a two minute scoring drought from both teams, Kent State took a 7-6 lead with a made three-pointer with 5:42 left in the first.
- Kent would hit another three to go up 10-6.
- A made jumper by Amani Burke and layup by Jenkins would tie the game at 10-10 with 1:51 left.
- After a KSU jumper to out the Golden Flashes back up by two, Dominique Doseck drained a corner three to give Ohio a 13-12 lead with 1:01 left in the first.
- Lampkins would hit another layup, but Kent would respond and hit two free throws to take a 16-15 lead after the first quarter.
- Doseck would open the second quarter with a made three-pointer, putting Ohio up 18-16.
- Ohio would get as much as a six-point lead with 6:33 left in the second quarter on a made layup by Lampkins.
- Kent State would tie the game at 24-24 with 3:31 left in the third.
- Ohio would take a three-point lead with 1:27 left on a layup by Jenkins, making the score 28-25.
- After a made three-pointer by Hannah Boesinger would give the Bobcats a 31-27 lead with 16 seconds left in the second quarter.
- Kent State would hit a free throw with three seconds left to make the score 31-28.
- The Bobcats led the Golden Flashes, 31-28 at the half.
- Doseck finished the half with eight points, going 2-of-2 from three-point range and hitting two free throws. She also had two steals.
- Lampkins also finished with eight points, going 4-of-7 from the field, snagging four rebounds, grabbing two steals and dishing out one assist.
- Jenkins finished with six points and one steal.
- As a team, Ohio shot 40.7% from the field, 30.0% from three-point range and 66.7% from the free throw line.
- Ohio dished out three assists and had nine steals while grabbing 11 rebounds.
- Ohio forced Kent State to turn the ball over 13 times and scored 10 points off of them.
- Meanwhile, Ohio only turned the ball over five times in the first half.
- For Kent State, McKenna Stephens led the team with nine points, followed by Megan Carter with seven.
- As a team, Kent State from 45.0% from the field, 50.0% from three-point range and 61.5% from the free throw line.
- The Golden Flashes dished out six assists, had one block and four steals.
- With 6:53 left in the third quarter, Kent State would tie the game up again at 36-36.
- Ohio would go up 40-37 after a made layup by Boesinger with 4:38 left in the third quarter.
- Kent State would take a one point lead with 5:50 left on a made layup, however the Bobcats would get that back moments later on a made three-pointer by Doseck.
- The Bobcats led by four after a made three by Kelly Karlis at the 49 second mark.
- However, Kent State would respond with a layup to send the game to the fourth quarter the Ohio leading 46-45.
- Ohio would go up three in the opening minute of the fourth quarter on a made layup by Karlis.
- The Golden Flashes would tie the game at 52-52 with 7:22 left on a made free throw.
- Kent State would take a 54-52 led with 6:08 left, however, Ohio would respond and tie the game back up at 54-54 on two free throws by Lampkins.
- Kent State would take a five-point lead with 1:53 left in regulation.
- Ohio would cut the lead to 61-58 with 1:37 left on a layup by Jasmine Weatherspoon.
- With 1:12 left, KSU would go back up 64-58 on a made free throw.
- Ohio would cut the lead to three multiple times over the next minute.
- Ohio would get the Kent State lead to 69-67 with 17 seconds left after a made free throw by Karlis.
- With six seconds, Burke would hit a layup, cutting the KSU lead to 71-69.
- Then, after Kent State called a timeout to advance the ball, Karlis would steal the ball right out of the inbounderâs hands and race down the court for the game-tying layup with .2 seconds left, sending the game into overtime tied at 71-71.
- Kent State would take a one-point lead in the opening minute of overtime.
- Ohio would go up three with 2:43 left in overtime on a four-point sequence by Taylor Ager where she had a layup and hit two free throws.
- However, that would be the last time Ohio had the lead, as Kent State would take a two-point lead with 42 seconds left.
- Kent State would take an 83-77 lead with free throws with 25 seconds left and would not look back.
- The Bobcats would fall by the final of 83-77
- Lampkins led the Bobcats with 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
- Doseck and Agler both added 11 points for the Bobcats
- Jenkins finished the game with nine points, while Karlis finished with eight points and seven rebounds.
- Overall, Ohio shot .373 from the field, .219 from three-point range and .667 from the free throw line.
- The Bobcats dished out nine assists, had 15 steals, six blocks and forced Kent State to turn the ball over 21 times, scoring 18 points off those turnovers.
- For Kent State, Larissa Lurken finished with 31 points and three rebounds.
- Stephens and Jordan Korinek finished with 15 points each.
- Overall, Kent State shot .473 from the field, .286 from three-point range and .644 from the free throw line.
- The Golden Flashes dished out 13 assists, had seven blocks and eight steals while forcing the Bobcats to turn the ball over 16 times.
- The score was tied eight times with the lead changing 15 times.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- This was the first overtime game of the season for Ohio.
- Ohio has lost back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 2014.
- Lampkins scored in double figures for the 19th-striaght games.
- Ohio now falls to 9-5 in MAC play and fall to second place in the MAC East
"You have to give our kids a lot of credit for coming back, tying the game and sticking to it. Dealing with players fouling out and especially when you would argue our four, five or six best players didn't play in the last couple minutes of the game and entire overtime. It's worth mentioning that those kids showed a lot of toughness and resiliency, but it didn't go our way and that's unfortunate. I know those kids in the locker room feel bad about that. We're going to take tomorrow off and try to get back to it on Wednesday." â Head Coach Bob Boldon
"I thought Kent played a good game, I thought we played a good game, unfortunately they got the better of us. Much like the CMU game, obviously there were some mistakes that we made so on and so forth. They're a good squad, they'll probably be a top four team, unfortunately for us that means we probably won't be. There's a lot of good teams in our conference and we've talked about that before. This conference is as good as it's ever been, there's a lot of good teams and I think we're one of those teams, it's just we fell a little bit short this week. It's been a rough week for us, and it's not going to get any easier for us on Wednesday." â Head Coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcats hit the road for the final time during the regular season when Ohio heads to Buffalo, N.Y. on Feb. 22 to take on Buffalo. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.