Score: Ohio 77, Miami 63
Location: Athens, Ohio
The Short Story: A career high 21 points from Amani Burke helped the Ohio womenâs basketball team (19-8, 10-6 MAC) on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 25), as Ohio bested Miami (10-19, 4-12 MAC) by the final score of 77-63.
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins, #11 Kelly Karlis, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon
MIAMI STARTERS: #13 Lauren Dickerson, #15 Kayla Brown, #21 Leah Purvis, #32 Savannah Kluesner, #40 Kendall McCoy
How It Happened:
- Ohio took first possession off the opening tip.
- Taylor Agler opening scoring for Ohio on a tough contested lay up.
- Quiera Lampkins intercepted a pass, drove the length of the court and converted an and-one opportunity to bring Ohio within one, 6-5, with 6:30 remaining in the quarter.
- She followed that with a three from the wing to give Ohio the lead.
- At the first media timeout, Ohio trailed 10-8.
- Amani Burke connected on a three from the same spot that Lampkins did earlier in the first, putting Ohio ahead, 11-10, with 3:49 left.
- Yamonie Jenkins made her way to the charity stripe and sank both attempts, bringing the Bobcatsâ lead to four.
- Burke cashed in her second three of the quarter on the right wing. Ohio led 19-12.
- At the end of the first quarter, Ohio held a 21-14 advantage.
- Early in the second, Weatherspoon rejected a Miami lay up attempt and the Bobcats increased their lead on the other end on an easy two from Lampkins.
- Ohio put together some clinical ball movement and Kelly Karlis found her way inside the paint for a wide-open lay up.
- Lampkins found the bottom of the net on a contested three pointer from the right wing.
- Burke gave Ohio a 14-point lead, 33-19, midway through the second, driving baseline and finishing at the rim.
- Hannah Boesinger pickpocketed a bounce pass and finished an aggressive lay up at the other end. Ohio led, 39-24, with just under two minutes in the half.
- At the half, Ohio found itself ahead by 11, 42-31.
- Burke led the team in scoring in the first half with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting. She added one rebound to her stat line.
- Lampkins had 11 points, four rebounds and two steals going in to intermission.
- Lampkins opened scoring the Bobcats on a wide-open three from the left wing.
- Burke marked her career high of 15 points on her third three pointer of the game. She put Ohio ahead, 49-36.
- With 5:35 left in the third, Agler knocked down her first three of the game.
- Jenkins bulleted a pass inside the paint to Weatherspoon who finished off the glass for two points.
- Agler connected from way behind the arc, giving Ohio a 57-43 lead, with 2:12 remaining in the quarter.
- At the end of the third quarter, Ohio harbored a 63-47 edge.
- Weatherspoon opened scoring in the fourth, as she corralled an offensive rebound and finished a smooth post hook move.
- Lampkins drove hard to the basket and converted on an acrobatic lay up. Ohio led 67-54 with just under eight minutes left in regulation.
- Burke showed her strength as she finished a lay up attempt she was fouled on.
- She followed that by going 2-for-2 from the free throw line and Ohio ballooned its lead to 19, 73-54.
- Ohio came out on top, 77-63
- Ohio scored 30 points in the paint and 29 points off of turnovers.
- The Bobcats defense forced Miami to turn the ball over 22 times. The Bobcats also dished out 14 assists.
- Burke and Lampkins led the team in scoring, both tallying 21 on the night. Burke added two rebounds and one assists and Lampkins contributed five rebounds and five steals.
- Weatherspoon finished the night with four points, eight rebounds, four blocks and one steal.
- Ohio shot 46 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 64 percent from the line.
- For Miami, Lauren Dickerson led her squad with 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting.
- Miami shot 43 percent from the field, 53 percent from 3-point range and 63 percent from the line.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- Ohio collected its 19th win on the season, marking the sixth time in program history.
- The Bobcats won their 31st all-time game against the Redhawks.
- Head Coach Bob Boldon earned his 81st win at Ohio.
- Ohio now has 545 victories in program history.
- Burke scored in double digits for her fourth time in the last six games.
- Lampkins surpassed 1,700 career points in todayâs victory.
âIt feels good to win. This one was a grind. I thought our kids did a great job of getting the win. They made some big shots today. I was happy with the way our kids hung in there.â â Head Coach Bob Boldon
âWe had pretty high expectations for Burke. She has played several big games for us. She was really aggressive tonight and I think she has a better feel for our offense as the season has gone on. She had a very good all-around game today.â â Head coach Bob Boldon
âIt felt good. Itâs a relief to get to the basket and make shots. These last couple games I havenât been playing like myself so it felt good to pick it back up.â â Amani Burke
âI have to continue to be aggressive and its something that I need to work on. I donât really have an answer as to why I donât shoot more.â â Taylor Agler
âItâs good that are shots are going in right now. Itâs good to be able to see that we can do these things and this game really picked us back up. A lot of doubt enters our heads after losses.â â Amani Burke
Following this matchup, Ohio will continue its three-game home stretch and host Bowling Green on Wednesday, March 1. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.