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@OhioWBasketball Suffers 68-65 Setback Against Kent State

@OhioWBasketball Suffers 68-65 Setback Against Kent State

Jan. 14, 2017

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Score: Kent State 68, Ohio 65
Location: Athens, Ohio
The Short Story: In a back-and-forth matchup that saw ten lead changes and nine ties, the Ohio women’s basketball team (12-4, 3-2 MAC) fell to Kent State (8-9, 2-3 MAC), 68-65 on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 14). 

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:
- Ohio took first possession off the opening tip.
- Kelly Karlis opened scoring for Ohio on a three-point jumper.
- Lampkins extended Ohio’s lead to five, 7-2, on a driving lay up as she weaved past two defenders in her path.
- Yamonie Jenkins halted an 8-0 run from Kent State by nailing a wing three mid-way through the quarter.
- At the first media timeout, Ohio held a 13-10 lead.
- Amani Burke found her way in the paint and finished a lay-up attempt, giving Ohio an 18-13 lead with 1:33 remaining in the quarter.
- The Bobcats held Kent State without a field goal for the final 5:45 of the first quarter and remained ahead, 18-13, heading in to the second quarter.
- Burke opened scoring for Ohio in the second, as her shot tickled the twine off of a corner three.
- Ohio did not allow a Kent State field goal for a seven-minute span before Alexa Golden found her way to an easy lay-in off of a steal from Jasmine Weatherspoon.
- After a four-minute dry spell for the Bobcats, Lampkins drained a deep three from the top of the arc.
- At the media timeout, Ohio led the Flashes, 24-19.
- After the media timeout, Weatherspoon had a ferocious block that preserved Ohio’s lead, 24-23.
- With less than ten seconds remaining in the half, Lampkins drove past three defenders and scooped in a fancy lay-in, giving Ohio back the lead, 26-25.
- Despite holding Kent State to 27 percent shooting in the first half, Ohio trailed the Flashes, 27-26, at the break.
- Lampkins led all scorers in the first half with seven points, on 3-of-7 shooting. She added three rebounds and three assists.
- Jenkins finished the half with six points and two rebounds.
- Weatherspoon opened scoring for Ohio in the second half, as Jenkins found her in the paint on a nifty pass for the lay-in.
- At the seven-minute mark, Lampkins cut Kent State’s lead to just two, 33-31, on an aggressive lay-in that sent her to the line for an and-one opportunity.
- At the media timeout, Ohio trailed the Flashes, 36-35.
- Following the media timeout, Taylor Agler drained a wing three that tied the game up, 38-38.
- With 1:20 remaining in the quarter, Agler swiped the ball clean, drove the distance of the court and dropped in the lay-up, cutting Kent State’s lead to just one.
- On Ohio’s last possession of the third quarter, Katie Barker connected on a wing three that gave the Bobcat’s back the lead, 47-46.
- At the end of the third quarter, Ohio trailed the Flashes, 48-47.
- Burke opened scoring for Ohio in the final quarter, as her three gave the Bobcats a 50-48 lead.
- Lampkins converted another and-one shortly after, extending Ohio’s lead to five.
- Lampkins lost her defender on a nifty fake-pass and glided to the rim for an easy two points.
- At the media timeout, Ohio and Kent State were tied at 58.
- With a little over two minutes remaining, Agler made her way to the line and converted both attempts, cutting Kent State’s lead to two points.
- Agler made her way to the line with 11 seconds remaining. She split her attempts from the charity stripe and Ohio’s deficit was cut to one, 66-65.
- Ohio lost to the Flashes by the final score, 68-65.
- Ohio scored 26 points in the paint and 12 points off of turnovers.
- The Bobcat defense forced Kent State to turn the ball over 15 times. The Bobcats also dished out 11 assists.
- Lampkins led the team in scoring with 17, on 7-of-13 shooting. She also recorded four assists and three rebounds.
- Agler recorded 13 points, three assists and three steals.
- Ohio shot 43 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the line.
- For Kent State, Jordan Korinek led the squad with 24 points and shot 7-of-15 from the field.
- Larissa Lurken recorded 19 points, six rebounds and five assists.
- Kent State shot 37 percent from the field, 45 percent from 3-point range and 74 percent from the line.

Beyond the Boxscore:
- Lampkins continued her streak of scoring at least 15 points to 11 games.
- Lampkins also recorded her 74th career double-figure scoring game.
- Weatherspoon recorded her seventh double-digit rebounding game on the
- This was the 82nd meeting all time between the two teams.
- This loss ended the four-game winning streak Ohio held over the Flashes.

“Our defense isn’t very good right now. It hasn’t been good and I can’t remember the last time our defense was good. Since the New Year, our defense has just been garbage. Consistency needs to be hammered in and my hope is that our players will get there at some point before the end of the season. We have been shooting a little better, but we still are not at where we need to be.” – Head Coach Bob Boldon

“We are going to continue to practice everything. We are still early on in the year and we will continue to try and be better. I think we can really come to together and put a run together with this team. We have plenty to work on this week.” - Head Coach Bob Boldon

“We didn’t come in focused today. We are starting to take our opponents lightly and that hurt us today. We didn’t follow the game plan, there were a lot of things that we didn’t do right. – Taylor Agler

“We really need to fix our defense. We have to limit turnovers and we foul too much. We are letting our opponents cut across our faces, and our switches have been too slow as of late.” – Jasmine Weatherspoon

Coming Up:
Following this matchup, Ohio will hit the road to face Toledo on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Savage Arena and can be seen on ASN and ESPN3.