Score: Ohio 79, Murray State 70
Location: Athens, Ohio
The Short Story: Led by a season-high 28 points from Quiera Lampkins and a career day from Kelly Karlis, the Ohio womenâs basketball team defeated Murray State, 79-70, Saturday afternoon inside the Convocation Center.
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins #11 Kelly Karlis, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon,
MURRAY STATE STARTERS: #5 Jasmine Borders, #20 KeâShunan James, #23 LeAsia Wright, #30 Kyra Gulledge, #34 Abria Gulledge.
How It Happened:
- Murray State won the opening tipoff to start the match
- Quiera Lampkins opened scoring with a layup at the 9:13 mark.
- Seconds later the Racerâs KeâShunan James fouled Lampkins who went 1-of-2 from the line
- Kelly Karlis found space in the left corner at the 7:07 and floated one in with ease to mark Ohioâs first three-pointer of the match.
- Taylor Agler showed her defensive strength moments later when she broke up a Murray State play setup by going in the air and forcing the ball out of play.
- The contest was neck and neck through the first quarter with neither team being able to pull away by more than a few points. Ohio put five on the board before allowing Murray State to score at the 7:48 mark.
- Ohio began to pull away late in the first starting at the 3:18 mark. First Jenkins went up for two then Lampkins made a free throw, then it was Jenkins again for three, followed by two layups from Jasmine Weatherspoon and Lampkins ended the quarter with a layup to set the score 24-14 Ohio.
- Lampkins lead Ohio in scoring through the first half, earning 13 points by halftime. She was 4-10 from the field, 1-of-2 from the arc and 4-of-6 from the line.
- Yamonie Jenkins was right behind eight points, shooting 3-of-6 from the field, 1-of-4 from the arc and 1-of-2 from the line.
- Lampkins was fouled three times in the first, going 4-of-6 from the line
- The second period saw Murray State briefly take the lead for the only time in the game. The match was closely contested until the Racers tied things up with 5:51 to go in the second quarter.
- Murray Stateâs Kyra Gulledge made a layup to put the Racers on top but the Bobcats quickly answered with Jenkins and Agler. Ohio would end the half leading 38-36.
- At halftime, Ohio was 14-of-33 in field goals and 5-of-8 from the line with 18 points coming from the paint and 10 from turnovers.
- The third quarter saw a more explosive Ohio as the tem came out much more energized and ready to separate from the Racers.
- Lampkins quickly put points on the board, opening scoring for the quarter from the free throw line followed but a layup to set the score 41-36 at the 8:26 mark.
- Two minutes later Ohio began to pull away again thanks to a quick succession of shots form Lampkins, Jenkins and Hannah Boesinger.
- Murray State sent Lampkins to the line three times during the quarter where she went 5-of-6. In addition to her free throw shots, Lampkins also made three shots from the field.
- Ohio would go on to end the period leading 58-49 after putting 20 points on the board. The Bobcats shot 41 percent from the field and 66 percent from the line with 14 points coming from the paint.
- The fourth period would see Ohio solidify its dominance over the Racers.
- Weatherspoon scored first off an end-to-end layup assisted from Jenkins to make the score 60-49 at the 9:32 mark.
- Weatherspoon was in the air again moments later when she recorded another layup.
- Then it was back and forth with Murray State scoring a layup followed by Jenkins putting a three-pointer on the board followed by another Racers FG.
- Kelly Karlis then got in the mix, finding a rebound on one end of the court then racing down to put two on the board for Ohio.
- The next three minutes were hard fought as both teams went back and forth but Ohio was able to maintain the lead.
- At the 4:13 mark, Lampkins went up for a layup and increased the Bobcats lead, setting the score at 76-60.
- Boesinger and Karlis both then got in the mix by helping to win rebounds
- After being fouled by Murray Stateâs Abria Gulledge, Karlis would step to the line and put one in for Ohio, setting the Bobcats largest lead of the game at the 3:17 mark with a 79-62 score.
- The Racers would go on to score four more times but werenât able to catch up, falling to Ohio 79-70.
- Top scorer for Ohio was Quiera Lampkins. Lampkins scored 28 points, was 9-of-19 from the field, 9-of-12 from the line and recorded eight rebounds in her 39 minutes of play.
- Jenkins was Ohioâs next highest scorer with 15 points. She was 5-of-11 from the field, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and had six assists.
- Kelly Karlis added 14 points, going 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon added 13 points and seven boards for Ohio.
- Overall, the Bobcats were 29-of-68 (.426) from the field, 7-of-29 (.241) from three-point range and 14-of-22 (.636) from the free throw line.
- Ohio grabbed 45 rebounds, 18 offensive and 27 defensive.
- The Bobcats forced Murray State to turn the ball over 16 times and scored 16 points off of those turnovers.
- Ohio scored 44 points in the paint, eight fast break points and dished out 15 assists and had nine steals and two blocks. The Bobcats only turned the ball over nine times.
- For Murray State LeAsia Wright scored 22 points, going 7-of-14 from the field and 4-of-7 from the free throw line.
- KeâShaunan James added 18 points, going 5-of-11 from the field and 4-of-9 from three-point range.
- Murray State was 22-of-61 (.361) from the field, 12-of-33 (.364) from three-point range and 14-of-15 (.933) from the free throw line.
- Murray State grabbed 37 rebounds, dished out 10 assists and had one steal and one block.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- Lampkins and Jenkins recorded their season-highs with 28 and 15 points respectively.
- It is the 13th time that Lampkins has recorder 20 or more points in a game.
- Ohio is now 4-0 on the year
- Coach Bob Boldon earned his 66th win at Ohio
- Today was Ohioâs 530th win in program history
- This is the third all-time win against Murray State
- Kelly Karlis scored a career-high 14 points. She also had career highs in field goals made (five), field goal attempts (11) and rebounds (10).
- Lampkins 28 points was a season-high.
Coach Bob Boldon on the offensive tone the team set:
âI was real happy with that. We had two days to practice, well three, but for two days we just worked on our stuff and then the third day we worked on preparing for Murray. I thought the two days we cleaned up some things that maybe we neglected over the last couple of weeks. We got into this trying to prepare game after game after game but it was nice to work on our stuff. And it was nice to see carry over. It would really be nice to start to see some three pointer starts to go in. I think we have big players shooting them and I think weâre good enough to make them, itâs just that Iâm hoping that we start to see the ball go through the basket sooner rather than later from that distance.â
Quiera Lampkins On whether she was trying to set the tone early on:
âI think every game thatâs just my job so I try to do that every game, regardless of its a good team or a bad team. I think that once Iâm on the road, everyone else follows which of course sets the tone so I guess thatâs what I try to do for the team.â
Quiera Lampkins on tonightâs execution of plays:
âI think we played a faster pace and once we came in at halftime, coach kinda yelled at us and told us that we need to pick it up. I think that kinda hit everyone and we started playing together; moving the ball, rebounding passing to the open player so I think that when we play at that pace and we move the ball as a team, I donât think anyone can stop us.â
Ohio goes on the road to face Middle Tennessee State on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. in Murfreesboro, Tenn.