Score: Ohio 62, Akron 48
Location: Athens, Ohio
The Short Story: Led by Quiera Lampkins and a double-double from Jasmine Weatherspoon, the Ohio women's basketball team (21-8, 12-6 MAC) defeated Akron (9-20, 2-16 MAC) 62-48 in Ohio's final regular season game. Quiera Lampkins, Yamonie Jenkins, Jasmine Weatherspoon, Tmisht Stinson, Hannah Boesinger and Destini Cooper were all honored after the game for their achievements as Bobcats.
OHIO STARTERS: #5 Quiera Lampkins, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon, #20 Tmisht Stinson, #22 Hannah Boesinger
AKRON STARTERS: #3 Shaunay Edmonds, #5 Haliegh Reinoehl, #10 Caitlin Vari, #22 Hannah Plybon, #24 Alex Ricketts
How It Happened:
- Ohio took first possession off the opening tip.
- Hannah Boesinger opened scoring for Ohio, getting a put back rebound for a layup.
- Akron built a 13-4 lead, thanks to four points from Hannah Plybon.
- The Bobcats started their comeback after the media timeout when Amani Burke hit two free throws with 3:38 left in the quarter.
- Taylor Agler would then drain a three-pointer at the 2:19 mark to cut the Akron lead to 15-9.
- Ohio battled back to end the first quarter only down 15-14. Dominique Doseck hit a 3-pointer then hit Weatherspoon in transition for an easy layup.
- To start the second quarter, the Bobcats tied the game at 17 off of another Doseck 3-pointer, which was assisted by Jenkins.
- The Zips responded with an 8-2 run, which was fueled by Shayna Harmon and Plybon 3-pointers. With 4:26 left in the half, Akron led 25-20.
- Burke would connect on a layup with four minutes left to cut the Zips lead to 25-22.
- Weatherspoon would then connect on a layup to bring Ohio within one with 2:35 left in the half.
- To end the half, the Bobcats went on a 6-2 run, giving them a 30-27 lead. A Katie Barker 3-pointer with 1:29 left in the half gave Ohio the lead for good.
- At the half, Barker and Doseck led Ohio in scoring with scoring, each with six.
- As a team, Ohio .281 from the field, .238 from three-point range and .875 from the free throw line."- The Bobcats grabbed 19 rebounds, dished out six assists and had two steals while forcing Akron to turn the ball over six times and scored 11 points off of them.
- To start off the second half, Jenkins hit a 3-pointer. From there the Bobcats would go on an 8-3 run.
- Ohio jumped out to a nine-point lead with 6:03 left in the third on a layup by Weatherspoon.
- Akron would cut the Ohio lead to five with 3:50 left, making the score 38-33.
- Ohio would jump out to a 13-point lead with 1:16 left on a three-pointer from Burke.
- Lampkins would add another three-pointer for Ohio with 27 seconds left to give Ohio a 53-37 lead.
- Amani Burke had five points in the last two minutes of the third quarter to put the Bobcats ahead 53-40 heading into the fourth quarter.
- Akron would cut the Bobcat lead to eight points with 7:32 left on a made three-pointer, making the score 53-45.
- The Bobcats would go up 12 4:43 left on two made free throws by Weatherspoon.
- After a made layup by Ymonie Jenkins with 2:44 left, the Bobcats led 59-45.
- With 2:06 left in the game Weatherspoon hit a 3-pointer from the right corner, sealing the win for the Bobcats.
- With 1:26 left in the game Lampkins, Jenkins, Weatherspoon, Stinson and Boesinger all exited the game to a standing ovation.
- Ohio came out on top 62-48.
- For the Bobcats, Lampkins finished the game with 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds, while Weatherspoon added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
- Burke also added 11 points for Ohio.
- As a team, Ohio shot .290 from the field, .244 from three-point range and .706 from the free throw line.
- Ohio grabbed 39 rebounds, dished out 13 assists, had three blocks and nine steals while forcing Akron to turn the ball over 22 times and scoring 28 points off of them.
- Akron shot .296 from the field, .222 from three-point range and .800 from the free throw line.
- The Zips were lead by Hannah Plybon who had 13 points.
- Akron dished out 11 assists, had three blocks and no steals.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- Coach Bob Boldon earned his 83rd win at Ohio.
- Ohio earned its 40th win all-time against Akron.
- Ohio now has 547 wins in program history.
- This is the 27th time this season Lampkins has scored 10 points or more.
- The Bobcats' win clinched the fifth seed for the Bobcats at the 2017 MAC Tournament.
- The Bobcats will host a first round game at home against Eastern Michigan on Monday at 6 p.m.
"Just out of respect for what those kids have done. You heard all the accolades at the end, it's just absurd. It's something that with some perspective and some time you'll be more impressed with how many things they've done that hasn't been done before. To do one thing that hasn't been done before is impressive. To be able to do several things, today was to recognize them." - Bob Boldon
"The summer in between their freshman and sophomore year, the drive that they showed. And then to be able to accomplish what they accomplished, they completely transformed their games through a lot of work." - Bob Boldon
"There's probably a little more to it because you know them a little bit longer. I think each class has its own individuality. The longer you know somebody, the better your relationship is with them. If it's not good, they usually leave before they get to this point. You're able to develop a very strong relationship and care deeply about them." -Bob Boldon
Following this matchup, Ohio starts the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Monday, March 6 against Eastern Michigan. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3.