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Score: Ohio 63 Eastern Michigan 49
Location: Athens, Ohio
The Short Story: Behind a 30-point effort from Quiera Lampkins, Ohio defeated Eastern Michigan 63-49 on Monday night in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Lampkins moved to No. 2 in all-time points scored in program history with her performance.
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins, #11 Kelly Karlis, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon
EMU STARTERS: #1 Sasha Dailey, #3 Tori Easley, #11 Esabelle Levine, #21 Phillis Webb, #42 Micah Robinson
How It Happened:
- Ohio took first possession off of the opening tip.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon opened scoring for Ohio with two free throws, which tied the game at 2.
- The Eagles stretched their lead to 9-6 off of a Sasha Dailey 3-pointer with 6:56 left in the first quarter.
- Ohio tied the game at 11-11 off of a Lampkins layup. EMU would stretch its lead to four from with a Tori Easley layup and a Dailey jumper.
- Amani Burke would end the quarter by sinking a pair of free throws, cutting the EMU lead to 17-13.
- Dominique Doseck took a charge early in the second quarter and on the next play hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 17. Two possessions later, the Bobcats took a 19-17 lead as Burke made both her shots from the charity stripe.
- A Quiera Lampkins layup stretched the Bobcats' lead to 21-17, as the Bobcats went on a 6-0 run to start the second quarter.
- At the half, Ohio led EMU 25-23.
- Lampkins had 6 points, shooting 3-of-9 from the field.
- Nine of the Bobcats 25 points came from the bench.
- Ohio knocked down 9-of-10 free throws in the half, too.
- In the first four minutes of the second half, EMU and Ohio exchanged baskets. The game was tied at 29 with 6:56 to go in the third quarter. Ohio responded with a 7-0 run, taking a 36-29 lead, thanks to 12 points from Lampkins in the quarter.
- EMU would make a comeback, cutting the Bobcats lead to 38-36 with 2:21 left in the quarter, but Ohio would take a 43-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
- Ohio opened the final quarter on 6-0 run, taking a 49-43 lead. The Eagles wouldn't go away, as they made it a three-point game off of a Deans 3-pointer with 5:55 to go.
- The Bobcats wouldn't let the upset prone Eagles tie it, though. Ohio closed out the game on a 13-3 run, which was sparked by a Kelly Karlis 3-pointer with 4:50 left in the game.
- Ohio won 63-49.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon finished the game with four points and five blocks.
- Lampkins scored 12 points in the third and fourth quarter, scoring 24 of her 30 points in the second half.
- Yamonie Jenkins finished with nine points, two assists and three rebounds.
- As a team Ohio shot 43.8 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from beyond the arc.
- The Eagles were led by Sasha Dailey's 22 points and six rebounds.
- EMU shots 33.9 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Beyond The Boxscore
- Coach Bob Boldon won his 84th game at Ohio.
- With the win, the Bobcats punched their ticket to the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament.
- Ohio is now 19-29 all-time in the MAC Tournament.
- Boldon's postseason record at Ohio is now 3-2 in the MAC Tournament.
- Lampkins in now second all-time in Ohio history in scoring, passing Kiyanna Black's mark of 1.774 career points.
- With their 22nd win of the regular season, the Bobcats have won 22 games in a season for the fifth time in Ohio history and for the third-straight year.
"We were very close to going home, and I definitely didn't want to go home. I tried to do whatever I can to get us the win. I was pretty calm. I know what we're capable of. At some point we were going to start doing what we're capable of." --Quiera Lampkins
"I always try to be in help more and help my teammates when they were driving. They were getting too many buckets for me." --Jasmine Weatherspoon
"Throughout the history of the game people have always been judged more by their tournament success. With that being said, the game tonight was obviously maybe her most impressive outing for that reason." --Bob Boldon
Ohio will take on Northern Illinois on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The game can be watched on BCSN and ESPN3, it can also be heard on WOUB 1340 AM with commentary from Jake Hrmoda and Gabe Genovosi.