Score: Ohio 85, Akron 69
Location: Akron, Ohio
The Short Story: Led by a career-high 19 points from Jasmine Weatherspoon, the Ohio womenâs basketball team (12-3, 3-1 MAC) defeated Mid-American Conference East foe Akron (7-8, 0-4 MAC) 85-69 on Wednesday evening.
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins, #11 Kelly Karlis, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon,
AKRON STARTERS: #3 Shaunay Edmonds, #5 Haliegh Reinoehl, #14 Greta Burry, #22 Hannah Plybon, #24 Alex Ricketts
How It Happened:
- Ohio won the opening tip.
- The Bobcats opened the game with a made three pointer from Yamonie Jenkins.
- Quiera Lampkins followed it up moments later with a steal and a layup.
- Akron got on the board at the 7:43 mark on a made jumper.
- Akron tied the game up at 6-6 with 6:15 left in the first quarter.
- Akron took a 8-6 lead with 4:45 left on a layup.
- Ohio retook the lead on a three-pointer from Amani Burke.
- Ohio then went up 13-8 off a Katie Barker three pointer with 3:23 left in to in the first.
- A minute later, Jasmine Weatherspoon would get the offensive rebound off of a missed three-pointer from Barker and lay the ball into the net to put Ohio up 15-8.
- After Akron hit a three, Dominique Doseck drained back-to-back three pointers to give Ohio a 21-14 lead.
- Kelly Karlis would follow up Doseckâs threes with one of her own to put Ohio up 24-14 with 45 seconds left.
- Ohio led 24-16 at the end of the first quarter.
- Akron would go on an 11-2 run to open the second quarter to take a 27-26 lead with 6:49 left.
- Lampkins would then get a layup moments later to put Ohio back up by one.
- Akron would then go on an 8-0 run to give the Zips a 35-28 lead with 4:21 left in the second quarter.
- Hannah Boesinger would hit a three-pointer with 4:03 left to start a 12-2 run to close out the second quarter.
- Taylor Agler would give Ohio a two-point lead with 56 seconds left off of a layup and Jenkins would hit two free throws with nine seconds left to put the Bobcats up 40-36
- Akron would make a free throw with .04 seconds left.
- Ohio lead 40-37 at the half.
- Leading Ohio was Boesinger who had seven points and five rebounds.
- Jenkins, Barker and Doseck all had six points in the half.
- Agler had five assists in the first half.
- As a team, Ohio shot .438 from the field, .364 from three-point range and were 4-of-7 from the free throw line.
- Ohio forced Akron to turn the ball over eight times and scored eight points off of them.
- Leading Akron at the intermission was Hannah Playbon who has 12 points and six rebounds.
- Akron shot .379 from the field, .400 from three-point range and .818 from the free throw line.
- Akron forced Ohio to turn the ball over nine times and scored 15 points off of them.
- Agler opned up the second half with a three-pointer, putting the Bobcats up 43-37.
- The Zips would retake the lead with 4:17 left in the third quarter off of a made three pointer, putting Akron up 48-47.
- Burke would tie the game up with a made free throw with four minutes left.
- Boesinger would give the Bobcats a three-point lead off of a layup and a made free throw with 3:35 left in the third quarter.
- Plybon would tie the game up at 51-51 after hitting two free throws off of a technical foul assessed to Boesinger.
- Akron would take a 53-52 lead with 2:44 left, but Burke would tie the game up at 53-53 with a made free throw moments later.
- Weathersppon would then hit two free throws and Lampkins would follow it up with a steal and a bucket moments later to give Ohio a 57-53 lead with 1:33 left in the quarter.
- Ohio would go on an 8-0 run the final 41 seconds, capped by a Karlis three-pointer from the corner as time expired, giving Ohio a 65-55 lead at the end of the third quarter.
- The Bobcats would take an 11-point lead with 5:37 left when Lampkins connected on a layup, giving Ohio a 71-65 lead.
- Akron would cut the lead to eight with 5:18 left in the game, however that is as close as the Zips would get.
- Ohio would go on a 7-0 run starting at the 3:13 mark to give Ohio the 80-64 lead with 2:21 left.
- Weatherspoon would connect on a layup and make a free throw with 26 seconds left to seal the game.
- Ohio won by the final of 85-69.
- Leading the Bobcats was Weatherspoon who scored 19 points, going 6-of-16 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds.
- Lampkins was next with 15 points, going 6-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. She also dished out four assists and had five steals.
- Jenkins and Boesinger both finished with 10 points.
- Agler dished out five assists.
- Overall, Ohio shot 26-of-61 (.443) from the field, 11-of-30 (.367) from three-point range and 20-of-33 (.606) from the free throw line.
- Ohio grabbed 35 rebounds, dished out 14 assists, had two blocks and 12 steals.
- Ohio forced Akron to turn the ball over 20 times and scored 26 points off of them.
- Ohio scored 32 points in the paint and 27 bench points.
- For Akron, Plybon had 19 points, going 6-of-17 from the field. She also grabbed 11 rebounds for the Zips.
- Megan Sefcik scored 16 points, going 5-of-9 from the field, 4-of-8 from three-point range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
- Alex Ricketts scored 14 points for Akron.
- Overall, the Zips shot 21-of-57 (.368) from the field, 8-of-23 (.348) from three-point range and 19-of-26 (. 731) from the free throw line.
- Ohio grabbed 40 rebounds, dished out 13 assists, has six steals and two blocks.
- Akron forced Ohio to turn the ball over 12 times and scored 19 points off of them.
- Overall the game was tied five times with 10 lead changes.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- That was Ohioâs 12th win of the season and third in MAC play.
- This is the third-straight game that Ohio has scores 80 or more points.
- Jasmine Weatherspoonâs 19 points was a new career high for the senior.
- Weatherspoon also set career-highâs in field goals attempted (16) and free throws made (seven)
- This was Bob Boldonâs 74th win at Ohio.
- Ohioâs 538th program victory.
- This is Ohioâs fifth-straight win against the Zips.
- This is Ohioâs 39th all-time win against Ohio.
"It's good to win every day. You know, we've got such a long way to go, we'll take any win at this point and just be happy that we got it, especially if it's on the road. We've got a lot of things to try and fix and the nice thing is that we've got a couple months to try and fix them. We're not a finish product yet and didn't expect to be in January. I think some of us hoped we'd be a little further along, but we're not and that's okay. That's what it is. We'll get back in the gym tomorrow and start working toward the weekend." â Head Coach Bob Boldon
Up next, the Bobcats return to Athens on Saturday, Jan. 14 to take on Kent State. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and it can be seen on ESPN3. The Bobcats will then be followed by the Ohio menâs basketball game against Eastern Michigan at 3:30.