Score: Ohio 79, Bowling Green 68
Location: Athens, Ohio
The Short Story: A 10-2 run early in the fourth was exactly what the Ohio womenâs basketball team (20-8, 11-6 MAC) needed on Wednesday night (March 1), as the Bobcats pulled away from Bowling Green (8-21, 4-13 MAC) by the final score 79-68.
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins, #11 Kelly Karlis, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon
BOWLING GREEN STARTERS: #13 Sydney Lambert, #14 Carly Santoro, #33 Haley Puk, #34 Ashley Tunstall, #43 Abby Siefker
How It Happened:
- Ohio took first possession off the opening tip.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon opened scoring for Ohio, converting on a tough and-one attempt from the low block.
- Yamonie Jenkins drove to the paint and finished an easy lay-up attempt which put Ohio ahead 5-2 with a little over seven minutes remaining in the first.
- Amani Burke cashed in on a contested three-pointer and extended Ohioâs lead to four.
- Taylor Agler found an easy lane to the rack and made a physical lay up attempt, giving Ohio an 11-6 lead.
- Burke made it two threes in the opening quarter as she swished her shot from the right wing.
- Doseck caught the ball on the left wing, drove all the way to the paint and finished a smooth lay up. At this point, Ohio led 18-9 with 2:24 remaining in the quarter.
- At the end of the first quarter, Ohio held a 23-13 advantage.
- Lampkins opened scoring in the second for Ohio going 1-for-2 from the stripe.
- She followed that up with a three from the left corner.
- Lampkins then utilized her quickness to get to the cut and finished an acrobatic lay up, marking nine consecutive points for the senior guard.
- Barker rattled home a three from the top of the arc, giving Ohio a 35-26 lead with a little over four minutes remaining in the half.
- Weatherspoon made her way to the paint and finished off glass.
- At the half, Ohio held a 38-34 lead.
- Lampkins led the team in scoring in the first half with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field. She added five rebounds and two assists to her stat line.
- Weatherspoon found her groove in the first half, scoring eight points and grabbing five boards.
- Jenkins opened scoring in the second half for Ohio, sinking both of her shots from the charity stripe.
- Jenkins made it a 7-0 run for Ohio to start the second half, connecting from deep behind the left wing.
- Karlis knocked down her first three of the game, bringing Ohioâs lead to nine with just under five minutes left in the third.
- After a near three-minute dry spell from the Bobcats, Burke finished an easy lay up to give Ohio a 53-47 lead with 2:02 left in the third.
- At the end of the third quarter, Ohio led 54-52.
- Lampkins opened scoring for the Bobcats in the final quarter as she went 2-for-2 from the line.
- Lampkins found Weatherspoon inside on a nifty lob pass, which she finished at the rim for two.
- Burke knocked down her third three of the contest from the left corner and extended Ohioâs lead to nine, 63-54.
- Doseck ended a 7-1 run by the Falcons, hitting a deep three late in the shot clock.
- Lampkins scored six consecutive points for the Bobcats, including going 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
- Ohio came out on top, 79-68.
- Ohio scored 30 points in the paint and 15 points off of turnovers.
- The Bobcats defense forced Bowling Green to turn the ball over 13 times. The Bobcats also dished out 9 assists.
- Lampkins led all scorers on the evening with 23 points on 6-of-10 shooting. She added nine rebounds and two assists.
- Jenkins and Burke finished off the night with 11 points each.
- Ohio shot 48 percent from the field, 33 percent from 3-point range and 69 percent from the line.
- For Bowling Green, Sydney Lambert led her squad with 29 points on 8-of-16 shooting.
- Bowling Green shot 43 percent from the field, 29 percent from 3-point range and 69 percent from the line.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- This is the sixth time in program history Ohio has garnered at least 20 wins in a season.
- Coach Bob Boldon earned his 82nd win at Ohio.
- Ohio earned its 27th win all-time against Bowling Green.
- Ohio now has 546 wins in program history.
- This is the 14th game of the season that Lampkins has scored at least 20 points.
- With a win by Kent State, the Bobcats will host a first round game at home on Monday.
âI thought both teams played hard, to their credit they really hung in there and stuck to what they do. Our kids made some tough shots and got it done tonight. Defensively, we guarded well and rebounded better than we did earlier that day. Iâm happy that we got the win.â â Bob Boldon
âWe will try our best to win the tournament. I think we have moved on from the idea about getting a bye about a week and a half ago.â â Bob Boldon
âWe are not going to run better offense or run new plays. We are stuck with what we have and we are going to use that and play as best as we can and see where that takes us in the tournament.â â Bob Boldon
âIts frustrating but at the end of the day we donât have a say so. We made this bed and we have to lie in it. We donât deserve a bye in the tournament. â Quiera Lampkins
âI really wasnât worried that I wasnât scoring. I told the team lets pick it up and get excited. I drove more and did what I was capable of doing. Basically, it was all about getting the team on the same page.â â Quiera Lampkins
âIts like a fresh start because anyone can win the tournament. This is a great experience. I am excited go to back and try to win it allâ â Yamonie Jenkins
âI donât think we handled this game the way we should have. We had a lot of breakdowns that we usually donât have. We can be having those late in the season. It shows us that we are running out of time to fix these problems.â â Yamonie Jenkins
Following this matchup, Ohio finishes the regular season at home against Akron on Saturday, March 4. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. After the game, the Bobcats will honor its six seniors, Destini Cooper, Yamonie Jenkins, Jasmine Weatherspoon, Hannah Boesinger, Tmisht Stinson and Quiera Lampkins.