Score: Ohio 80, Western Michigan 67
Location: Athens, Ohio
The Short Story: After a 21-1 run in the second quarter, due to a barrage of threes from the Bobcats, the Ohio womenâs basketball (15-4, 6-2 MAC) team took care of business in the second half and defeated Mid-American Conference West foe Western Michigan (14-5, 5-3 MAC) Wednesday night (Jan. 25), 80-67.
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins, #11 Kelly Karlis, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon
WESTERN MICHIGAN STARTERS: #1 Meredith Shipman, #4 Deja Wimby, #10 Breanna Mobley, #14 Najee Smith, #33 Marley Hill
How It Happened:
- Ohio took first possession off the opening tip.
- Taylor Agler opened scoring for Ohio on a corner three after the Bobcatâs first two shot attempts did not find the bottom of the basket
- Quiera Lampkins soared for an offensive rebound and sunk the lay-in, giving Ohio a 5-4 lead early on in the first.
- With 6:52 left in the quarter, Kelly Karlis drove baseline and finished the aggressive lay-up for an and-one opportunity.
- At the first media timeout, Ohio held a 12-10 lead.
- Amani Burke found herself wide open on the wing, sinking the three-pointer and giving Ohio a 15-12 lead.
- With two minutes remaining, Lampkins blew by two defenders and finished the tough lay-up.
- Yamonie Jenkins put Ohio back in the lead, 20-19, as she weaved her way through the paint and finished the lay-up attempt.
- At the conclusion of the first quarter, Ohio trailed Western Michigan 21-20.
- Hannah Boesinger opened scoring for Ohio in the second on a nifty finish in the paint.
- Lampkins followed that up as she knocked down a wing three, giving Ohio a 25-23 lead.
- After a four-minute dry spell for the Bobcats, Karlis tickled the twine on a corner three, cutting Ohioâs deficit to just one.
- Katie Barker made it back-to-back threes for the Bobcats, as she gave back the lead to Ohio, 32-30.
- Later, Boesinger made it four consecutive threes for the Bobcats, extending Ohioâs lead to eight with 3:29 left in the half.
- Barker extended the Bobcatâs lead to double digits, 43-31, on her third three-pointer of the quarter.
- Prior to the end of the half, Boesinger extended Ohioâs run, 21-1, on a three-pointer from the top of the arc.
- Following a near-six minute stand where the Bobcats did not allow a field goal, Ohio led, 47-31, at the half.
- Boesinger led the Bobcats with 11 points, on 4-of-4 shooting. She added one rebound and one assist.
- Barker finished the half with nine points, on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
- Jenkins opened scoring for Ohio on a baseline lay-in just seconds after the start of the second half.
- Boesinger continued her flawless performance from the field, as she finished the easy lay-up and extended Ohioâs lead, 53-36.
- Lampkins stole an inside pass, drove the length of the coast and finished the lay-up. She put Ohio ahead by 15, 59-44, with five minutes left in the quarter.
- With 1:30 left in the quarter, Lampkins broke the dry spell for Ohio, driving baseline and knocking-in the acrobatic lay-up.
- At the end of the third quarter, Ohio held a 61-55 lead.
- Barker opened scoring for Ohio in the fourth on her fourth three of the contest.
- Barker then made it back-to-back threes, putting the Bobcats up by nine, 67-58, with 5:57 left in the game.
- Jenkins swished a deep three from the top of the arc, extending Ohioâs lead, 72-63, with 3:21 left in regulation.
- After a missed three by Karlis, Burke grabbed the offensive rebound over two defenders and put back a tough lay-up attempt.
- Ohio came out on top 80-67.
- Ohio scored 26 points in the paint and 24 points off of turnovers.
- The Bobcat defense forced Western Michigan to turn the ball over 18 times. The Bobcats also dished out 15 assists and had 12 steals.
- Barker led the team in scoring with 18, was 6-of-12 from the field and added one rebound.
- Boesinger scored 13 points and going 5-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 from three-point range.
- Lampkins recorded 16 points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals.
- Ohio shot 49 percent from the field, 41 percent from three-point range and 71 percent from the free throw line.
- For WMU, Meredith Shipman and Breanna Mobley both scored 18 points with Mobley grabbing 10 boards.
- WMU shot 42 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line.
- The Broncos had 11 assists, one block and eight steals.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- Boesingerâs 13 points were a season high for the senior forward.
- Lampkins made it 14 straight games scoring in double digits.
- Ohioâs record in MAC play improved to 6-2 on the season.
- The win was the 541st in program history.
- This was Ohioâs 30th all-time win over Western Michigan.
- Coach Bob Boldon earned his 77th win at Ohio where he is now tied for second all-time in wins by a Ohio coach.
âIt was a big win for us, those guys are good. I think our shooting really carried us through tonight. We had spurts through the game where we played pretty good defense. Unfortunately the first and third were not too kind to us. I think our defense took a small step forward, but not as huge a step as I would have liked.â
âI am extremely pleased with the bench. That is one of the hardest things to do in the game, wait for coach to put you in the game. Those girls have no idea when I am going to put them in. For them to stay in the game, mentally and physically, that is huge for us.â
âWe need to continue to bring energy and even more so without Jasmine. She does everything right is seems like, especially on defense. I think if she happens to miss more games we have to fill that gap and crash the boards. We really need to bring as much energy as we can.â
âI think it is really big for us. Our starters are really good, but it is important for any basketball team to have players score off of the bench and be a positive production for the team. Hannah really stepped up today for us.â
âWhat some people in the stands donât realize is that Quiera is doing a lot. She attracts defense all of the time, attracting double-teams which leaves Hannah and I wide open. Even if she is scoring less she is still doing a lot.
Following this matchup, Ohio will travel to Oxford, Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 28 to face Miami. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.