Score: Ohio 72, Ball State 68
Location: Muncie, Ind.
The Short Story: With five players in double figures and a career-high 15 points from Kelly Karlis, the Ohio womenâs basketball team (18-5, 9-3 MAC) defeated Mid-American Conference-leading Ball State (17-8, 10-3 MAC), 72-68, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 11) inside Worthen Arena.
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins, #11 Kelly Karlis, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon
BALL STATE STARTERS: #3 Carmen Grande #5 Jill Morrison #10 Calyn Hosea #14 Renee Bennett #33 Moriah Monaco
How it Happened:
- Ohio won the opening tip.
- Ball State got on the board first with a layup to take an early 2-0 lead.
- Ohio responded when Taylor Agler drilled a three pointer at the 8:11 mark.
- Ball State responded on the next possession with a three-pointer of its own.
- The Bobcats went back up 6-5 at the 7:08 mark when Kelly Karlis drained a three.
- After the Karlis three, Ball State would go on a 13-2 run, taking an 18-8 lead with 2:18 left in the first quarter.
- With 1:23 left in the quarter, Quiera Lampkins would drain a three, cutting the Ball State lead to 18-11.
- In the final seconds of the first quarter, Karlis would drain her second three of the game, cutting the Cardinal lead to 16-14 at the end of the first quarter.
- Amani Burke opened the second quarter by draining a three-pointer, cutting the Ball State lead to 18-17.
- 40 seconds later, Burke drained her second three of the quarter to put the Bobcats up 20-19.
- After Ball State tied the game up with free throws, Katie Barker hit a three-pointer of her own, giving the Bobcats a 23-20 lead.
- The Bobcats would go on an 18-4 run through the first seven minutes of the third quarter.
- In that span, Burke hit three three-point field goals and Barker and Yamonie Jenkins both hit one.
- Jenkins also hit a layup and a free throw with 4:48 left to give Ohio a 32-22 lead.
- The Bobcats did not allow a field goal through the first seven minutes of the second period.
- Ball State cut the lead to six with 2:45 left in the half on back-to-back jumpers, cutting the Ohio lead to 32-26
- Karlis would connect on back-to-back layups to give Ohio a 36-28 lead with 2:24 left in the second quarter.
- Ball State would register another field goal with 53 seconds left and Ohio would take a 36-30 lead into the half.
- At the half, Karlis led all scorers with 12 points, going 5-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from three-point range. She also grabbed four rebounds.
- Burke added nine points, going 3-of-5 from three-point range.
- Agler led Ohio with five assists while Lampkins added a team-leading five rebounds.
- As a team, the Bobcats were 13-of-29 (.445) from the field, 9-of-20 (.450) from three-point range and 1-for-1 from the free throw line.
- Ohio dished out 12 assists, had two blocks and five steals.
- For Ball State, Renee Bennett led the Cardinals with 11 points and six rebounds.
- Ball State here 9-of-29 (.319) from the field, 3-of-10 (.300) from three-point range and 9-of-12 (.750) from the free throw line.
- After Ball State cut the Bobcat lead to four in the opening minute of the third quarter, Agler immediately responded, draining a three with 9:30 left in the third quarter to give Ohio a 39-32 lead.
- After Agler hit two free throws, Lampkins give Ohio a nine-point lead after she drained a three with 5:54 left in the quarter.
- Minutes later, Lampkins would hit another three, putting Ohio up 48-37 with 5:11 left in the quarter.
- With 3:18 left in the third quarter, Jenkins would hit another three, giving Ohio a 51-40 lead.
- Ball State would go on an 8-2 run to close out the third quarter and Ohio would enter the final quarter leading 53-48.
- In the fourth quarter, Ball State would cut Ohioâs lead to 55-52 with 7:48 left after two made free throws.
- Agler would drain two more free throws to give Ohio a 57-52 lead.
- With 7:03 left in the fourth quarter, Jasmine Weatherspoon would connect on a layup, giving Ohio a 59-52 lead.
- A three-pointer from Ball State would cut the Bobcat lead to two with 6:08 left.
- Burke would follow that up by draining a three-pointer, putting Ohio up 62-57.
- Ball State would take the lead with 3:29 left after two made free throws, giving the Cardinals the 63-62 lead.
- Karlis would respond and drain another three to put Ohio up 65-63 with 3:12 left.
- After about a two minute scoring drought for both teams, Jenkins would hit the dagger, draining a three pointer and the shot clock was nearing the end to put Ohio up 68-63 with 48 seconds left.
- After a corner three by Ball State cut the Ohio lead to two with six seconds left, Lampkins was able to drain two free throws to put Ohio up 72-68.
- The Bobcats would hold on and win the game by the final of 72-68.
- Ohio was led by Karlis and Jenkins who both registered 15 points. Karlis was 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range and grabbed six rebounds.
- Jenkins went 2-of-9 from the field, 3-of-6 from three-point range and 4-of-5 from the free throw line.
- Lampkins added 14 points, going 3-of-7 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 5-of-8 from the free throw line.
- Burke added 13 points, going 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.
- Agler also scored in double figures, added 10 points while dishing out a team-leading nine assists.
- As a team. Ohio was 21-of-52 (.404) from the field, 16-of-35 (.457) from three-point range and 14-of-19 (.737) from the free throw line.
- The Bobcats grabbed 25 rebounds, dished out 19 assists, five blocks and 13 steals.
- Ohio forced Ball State to turn the ball over 16 times and scored 17 points off of them.
- For Ball State, Bennett scored 23 points, going 8-of-12 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line. She also grabbed 12 rebounds.
- Jill Morrison added 14 points while Frannie Frazier scored 10 for the Cardinals.
- Ball State was 22-of-55 (.400) from the field, 7-of-19 (.368) from three-point range and 17-of-21 (.810) from the free throw line.
- Ball State grabbed 41 rebounds, dished out 16 assists, five blocks and four steals.
- The game was tied three times and the lead changed seven times.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- Kelly Karlis scored a career-high 15 points and also hit a career-high six made field goals.
- Amani Burke tied her career-high with 13 points. Burke also drained a career-high four three pointers.
- Taylor Agler set a new career-high in assists with nine.
- Yamonie Jenkins tied her season-high with 15 points.
- Ohioâs 16 made threes was a season high for the Bobcats.
- This is the seventh time in program history and the third-straight year Ohio has had 18 wins.
- The Bobcats are now 9-3 in the MAC.
- This is Bob Boldonâs 80th win at Ohio.
- This is the 544th win in program history.
- This is the 33rd all-time win against Ball State and the fourth in a row for the Bobcats.
- Quiera Lampkins has now scored in double figures for 18-straight games.
"Each game is interesting, you try and prepare your best you can. What we run on offense is so unique you never know exactly what people are going to do. Ball State was committed to taking away our lay-ups and they did a really good job of it, luckily we had some kids step up and make some shots. Kelly's three to put us up big there at the end was a big time shot, you can go through and count them out the whole game." â Head Coach Bob Boldon
"The more people we have scoring the harder it becomes to guard Quiera. That's what you saw tonight, a team that was really focused on keeping Quiera out of the paint making it difficult for her to score. Like we've seen her do in the past, she was happy to play distributor and get other people involved. Other people stepped up and made shots. Those are the types of things that make championship teams and allow you to make a run. You have to have one really good player or a bunch of them, and I think we're starting to get a couple of them that can play a little bit. With six games to go, it's exciting. We're moving in the right direction." â Head Coach Bob Boldon
Up next, the Bobcats return to Athens on Wednesday, Feb 15 to take on MAC West foe Central Michigan in a rematch from two weeks ago. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3.