Score: Ohio 73, Middle Tennessee State 52
Location: Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Short Story: Led by Jasmine Weatherspoonâs 17 points, the Ohio womenâs basketball team improved to 5-0 with a physical 73-52 win over Middle Tennessee State on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 30).
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins #11 Kelly Karlis, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon,
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE STARTERS: #00 Alex Johnson, #5 Abbey Sisson, #12 Jess Louro, # 20 Ty Petty, #23 Gabby Lyon
How It Happened:
- Middle Tennessee State opened the scoring off with a layup by Alex Johnson.
- The Bobcats responded and took a 6-2 lead with back-to-back threes by Kelly Karlis.
- MTSU would take a 10-9 lead with 4:28 left in the first quarter.
- Hannah Boesinger would give Ohio the lead back with a made three-pointer, her first of the season, to give Ohio a 10-9 lead.
- After the Boesinger three, the Bobcats would go on a 9-2 run to close out the first quarter with a 20-13 lead.
- The Bobcats would open up second quarter with a steal and a layup by Taylor Agler, putting Ohio up 22-13.
- With 6:50 left in the second quarter, MTSU cut the Bobcat lead to three after Johnson hit two free throws.
- Ohio would bring the lead back to seven after a made layup by Quiera Lampkins and a made layup by Boesinger, putting the Bobcats ahead 28-21 with 6:10 left.
- The Blue Raiders would cut the lead to two with 2:54 left in the quarter after Johnson once again hit two free throws.
- The Bobcats would close out the first half with a layup by Dominique Doseck, but MTSU came back with their own layup from Johnson, giving Ohio the 32-29 lead at halftime.
- At the end of the first half, Boesinger led the team in scoring with eight points, going 3-for-5 from the field, 1-of-2 from three-point range and 1-of-2 from the free throw line.
- Karlis was second with seven points, going 2-for-3 from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point range and 1-of-2 from the free throw line.
- Quiera Lampkins added six points for Ohio, going 3-of-6 from the field.
- Yamonie Jenkins, Jasmine Weatherspoon and Boesinger all had three rebounds apiece.
- As a team, Ohio shot 46% (12-of-26) from the field, 45% (5-of-11) from three-point range and 38% (3-of-8) from the charity stripe.
- The Bobcats grabbed 11 rebounds and forced 12 turnovers.
- The Bobcats bench scored 13 points and had seven second chance points.
- Ohio also scored 14 points in the paint.
- At the half, Alex Johnson led MTSU with 13 points, going 2-of-8 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
- Gabby Lyon scored eight points, going 4-of-6 from the field.
- As a team, MTSU shot 35% (9-of-26) and 79% (11-of-14). The Blue Raiders did not attempt a three-pointer in the first half.
- MTSU forced nine turnovers and scored eight points off of them.
- The Blue Raiders grabbed 23 rebounds and scored 18 points in the paint.
- The Bobcats opened the second half by making a free throw.
- MTSU then took a 34-33 lead with 8:44 left in the third period after a Ty Petty jumper.
- MTSU took a two-point lead after Petty connected on a free throw, however the Bobcats tied it up seconds later after a Yamonie Jenkins layup.
- After Petty made another layup to put MTSU up 37-26, Weatherspoon hit a three pointer to give Ohio a 39-37 lead with 5:02 left.
- MTSU would cut the lead to one after a made free throw by Abbey Sissom, but Ohio went on a tear, going on an 11-2 run the final four minutes of the third period, taking a 52-40 lead after the third quarter.
- Ohio outscored MTSU 20-11 in the third quarter.
- The Bobcats furry continued to open the fourth quarter with a three-pointer by Doseck, putting Ohio up 55-42 with 9:36 left in the game.
- Ohio continued to dominate, going on a 15-2 run to start the fourth quarter. By the time MTSU made another layup, the Bobcats extended their lead to 64-44 with 5:43 left in the game.
- Ohio would hit three more three-pointers to close out the game, with Doseck hitting the last one with 1:53 left to put Ohio up 73-50.
- Charity Savage would connect on a layup with a minute remaining, but Ohio would come away with the dominating 73-52 victory.
- The Bobcats outscored MTSU, 21-12 in the fourth quarter and outscored the Blue Raiders 41-23 in the second half.
- Leading Ohio was Weatherspoon who scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She also dished out two assists, had one steal and one block. Weatherspoon was 5-of-12 from the field, 5-of-9 from three-point range and 2-of-6 from the free throw line in 36 minutes of work.
- Boesinger finished the game with a season-high 12 points. She was 4-of-9 from the field, 2-of-5 from beyond the arc and 2-of-4 from the free throw line.
- Lampkins finished the game with nine points and seven boards to go along with two assists and two steals. Lampkins was 4-of-10 from the field and 1-of-4 from the charity stripe.
- Jenkins and Agler contributed in other ways, dishing out a combined 11 assists and snagging a combined seven steals.
- Overall, Ohio was 24-of-57 (42.1%) from the field, 13-of-31 (41.9%) from beyond the arc and 12-of-23 (52.2%) from the free throw line.
- Ohio snagged 25 rebounds, dished out 16 assists and had 14 steals. The Bobcats also forced MTSU to turn the ball over 26 times and scored 29 points off of those turnovers.
- Ohio scored 22 points in the paint, had 12 fast break points and the bench scored 28 points.
- For MTSU, Petty led the team with 14 points, going 6-of-11 from the field, 1-for-1 from three-point range and 1-of-2 from the free throw line. She also grabbed eight rebounds.
- Johnson scored 13 points for the Blue Raiders, going 2-of-13 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
- As a team, MTSU was 19-of-47 (40.4%) from the field, 1-of-4 (25.0%) from three-point range and 13-of-18 (72.2%) from the free throw line.
- The Blue Raiders grabbed 43 rebounds, dished out nine assists and had six steals while forcing Ohio to turn the ball over 11 times and score 10 points off of those turnovers.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- This is Ohioâs fifth win of the season and their fifth straight.
- Ohio is 5-0 to start the season for the fourth time in program history.
- This was Ohioâs second all-time win over MTSU.
- This is head coach Bob Boldonâs 67th win at Ohio.
- This is the 531st win in program history.
- Weatherspoonâs 17 points tied her career high. She set a new career high with five made three-pointers and set a career high with nine three-point attempts.
- Boesingerâs 12 points was a season high for the senior.
- Boesinger also hit her first two three pointers of the season.
- Doseck scored a season-high nine points.
- Agler registered a season high with six assists and seven steals.
- Ohio hit a season-high 13 three-pointers.
"Our kids played a heck of a second half. I'm really proud of them. Obviously it was a tough environment, but a very fun environment and exciting environment. We talked about our kids being good examples before the game for all the young kids that would be watching and I thought they were just that. I thought they handled adversity, and handled that MTSU run that gave them the lead in the second half, and I think we really responded. You know, like we always do. They're such good kids, they're really good at basketball. They're such good kids and they handled themselves very well today, and I'm just very, very proud of them." â Head coach Bob Boldon
"We just kept making plays. You know, we had kids make plays. The most exciting thing is that it wasn't just Kiki (Lampkins) driving to the basket and scoring, you know what I mean? We had other kids, as you mentioned. Jasmine (Weatherspoon) hit a big three, Dom (Doseck) to start the fourth hit a three, I thought Taylor (Agler) defensively was tremendous in passing lanes and making plays, you know, Hannah (Boesinger) made a couple threes for us and played tremendous defense. You know, that's probably the most exciting, seeing a team win and seeing a team really come together in a tough road environment against a very good team, and (MTSU) wins their conference, they're in the (NCAA) Tournament a lot. I'm happy we came in here and got a win." â Head coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcats will return to Athens on Saturday, Dec 3 to take on Duquesne. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3.