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Barker Sparks Ohio’s Rally Past Binghamton, 63-55

Barker Sparks Ohio’s Rally Past Binghamton, 63-55

Dec. 19, 2016

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Score: Ohio 63, Binghamton 55
Location: Athens, Ohio
The Short Story: With the help of a career-high 18 points from Katie Barker, The Ohio women’s basketball team (8-1) battled to a 63-55 victory against Binghamton (4-7) on Monday evening.

 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon, #22 Hannah Boesinger
BINGHAMTON STARTERS: #3 Kai Moon, #5 Alyssa James, #10 Jasmine Sina, #11 Imani Watkins, #21 Karlee Krchnavi

How It Happened
- Ohio would win the tip to start the contest.
- Quiera Lampkins would score an easy layup to ignite the Bobcat offense.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon would get back quickly to record a steal on the other end of the floor.
- Binghamton’s first basket was a bucket from behind the arc to make it a 3-2 game with nine minutes to-play in the first.
- Lampkins scored a quick second layup to notch her place as the sixth all-time in scoring in program history with 1,344 points.
- The momentum would shift between teams early on in the first period but the scoreboard was tied at six at 6:29.
- Hannah Boesinger knocked down a three-point basket to give Ohio a 9-6 lead and the Bearcats would answer quickly with a jumper by Imani Watkins, making it a 9-8 game at the first media timeout.
- Binghamton came out of the first media timeout firing and scoring a quick three-point basket by Kai Moon to take an 11-9 lead.
- Lampkins would tie-up the game once again on a layup to make it an 11-11 game with just over two minutes to-play in the first period.
- The Bearcats took the lead on a basket from Jasmine Sina followed by a jumper by Watkins to end the first period 11-16, Binghamton.
- Weatherspoon knocked down a wide-open three-point basket to start the second period, making it a 14-16 game.
- Agler would score a basket from behind the arc and Ohio would trail the Bearcats 18-17 with six minutes remaining in the half.
- Binghamton would use its first timeout of the game at the 5:24 mark.
- Coming out of the timeout, Ohio sent Rebecca Carmody to the line to add two to the Bearcat’s total and giving them a 20-17 lead.
- The Bearcats would gain momentum at the end of the half with the help of back-to-back three-point baskets by Sina to give Binghamton a 26-19 lead with under a minute to play in the half.
- At the half, Ohio trailed Binghamton 26-19.
- Lampkins led the way for Ohio in the first half with six points going 3-for-9 from the field and 0-for-2 from behind the arc.
- Lampkins would also record three assists as well as two steals and one block.
- Weatherspoon and Boesinger both recorded five points in the first two periods.
- Weatherspoon shot 2-for-5 from the field and 1-for-3 from behind the three-point line.
- Weatherspoon recorded three rebounds and one steal in her two quarters of work.
- Boesinger shot 1-for-3 from the field, 1-for-2 from behind the three-point line and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.
- Boesinger would also record two steals in the first half of play.
- Agler added three points to Ohio’s score going 1-for-3 from the field and 1-for-3 from behind the three-point line.
- Agler would also record three steals for the Bobcats.
- Lampkins would find herself behind the free-throw line at the start of the second half, adding two-points to Ohio’s score.
- Binghamton came out firing on offense with a three-point bucket by Moon followed by a layup by James to lead 31-22.
- Lampkins fired back knocking down a three-point basket to tighten the Bearcats’ lead to 31-25.
- Katie Barker followed with another basket from behind the arc making it a 31-28 game at the 6:49 mark.
- Lampkins knocked down two free throws to make it a one-point game and steal the ball on defense to continue igniting the Ohio offense.
- Barker used the momentum to knock down another three-point basket giving Ohio its first lead in two periods at 33-31.
- The Bearcats would answer quickly on a three-point basket by Watkins at the five-minute mark to earn a one-point lead at 34-33.
- Barker could not be stopped from behind the arc, sinking back-to-back three-point baskets giving Ohio a 39-36 lead.
- Agler added to Ohio’s lead with a quick layup at the 2:24 mark.
- At the first media timeout of the second half, the Bobcats would lead Binghamton 41-36 with just over two-minutes to play in the third period.
- Barker continued her three-point streak after the timeout knocking down her fifth from behind the arc to extend Ohio’s lead to 44-36.
- The Bearcats added two free throw buckets from Moon to lesson Ohio’s lead to 46-41 with under a minute in the third.
- Lampkins would add a free throw to give Ohio a 47-41 lead to end the third period.
- The fourth quarter would start off slow and remained scoreless until the eight minute mark on two points earned from behind the charity stripe by James to bring Ohio’s lead within four points.
- Burke would knock down two on the other end to give Ohio another six-point lead at 49-43.
- Sina would answer for the Bearcats bringing it within three at 49-46.
- Another Sina basket from behind the arc would tie it up for the first time in the period at 49-49 at the 6:41 mark.
- Lampkins extended Ohio’s lead to 56-50 just before the final media timeout of the game.
- Coming out of the media timeout, Barker would notch another three-point basket to extend Ohio’s lead to 59-50 with three minutes left on the clock.
- Binghamton fired back on a three-point basket followed by a steal by Moon to give Watkins an easy layup and bringing the game within four at 59-55.
- Lampkins earned two baskets from behind the charity stripe to extend the Bobcat’s lead to 61-55.
- Lampkins would then take the ball coast-to-coast to make it a 63-55 game with just under two-minutes to-play.
- The Bobcats would win by a final of 63-55.
- Lampkins led the way for Ohio with 23 points going 6-for-16 from the field and 2-for-5 from behind the three-point line.
- Barker added 18 to Ohio’s total going 6-for-8 from the field.
- Weatherspoon added six points and eight rebounds as well as one block.
- Both Agler and Boesinger recorded five points.
- Agler added seven rebounds and two assists.
- Jenkins would add four points, six rebounds and five assists.
- Burke recorded two-points on the night.
- The Bobcats shot .373 (19-of-51) from the field, .344 (11-of-32) from three-point range and 14-of-18 from the free throw line (.778).
- The Bobcats would grab 36 rebounds, dish out 13 assists, have two blocks and 13 steals.
- The Bobcats would force 19 turnovers and score 22 points off of them.
- The Bobcats would also score 20 bench points.
- For Binghamton, Sina lead the Bearcats with 21 points, going 7-of-11 from three-point range.
- Imani Watkins would add 15 points and six boards.
- As a team, the Bearcats shot .346 (18-of-52) from the field, .414 (12-of-29) from three-point range and .875 (7-of-8) from the free throw line.
- The Bearcats grabbed 32 rebounds, forced 16 turnovers, dished out 11 assists and had seven steals.

Beyond the Boxscore:
- Lampkins scored a quick second layup to notch her place as the sixth all-time in scoring in program history with 1,344 points.
- Barker’s 18 points would mark as a career high for the redshirt freshman.
- Barker also set a career-high with three-pointers made (six) and attempts (eight)
- This is Ohio’s eighth win of the regular season and first ever win against Binghamton.
- The win was Boldon’s 70th win at Ohio.
- This is the Bobcats 534th victory in program history.
- The Bobcats start the season 8-1 for the first time in program history, which marks the second-best start in the program history.

“She [Barker] was awesome. We’ve seen this time and time again. Teams say ‘You’re not going to get layups, we’re just going pack it in, you’re just going to have to make shots,’ and I think one of the hardest things to do is make shots when you just watched your team miss shot after shot after shot. For her to come in off the bench and shoot the first one like she did, the thing is, we’ve all seen Katie do this but I don’t think anyone on our team is surprised. She’s been in our system for a year and a half and she’s always been a good shooter, she just had really good players playing in front of her and she doesn’t always get that opportunity so it’s great when you get a kid like her who has worked as hard as she has to get an opportunity.” – Head coach Bob Boldon

“We just talked about staying true to our defensive principles and giving us a chance to make shots. Don’t stop playing defense because you’re not playing good offense and I thought they stayed engaged and it kept them from going on a big run where it became insurmountable. Probably the biggest halftime deficit we’ve had in a long time. We haven’t been down seven a lot. So I thought, this was a good test. Fight through some adversity, stay true to our principles and just kind of work together. I thought we did a great job at staying together, working together, trying to get great shots.” – Head coach Bob Boldon

“It feels good, it feels like that’s why I’m here, to shoot threes. So to come to the game in a big moment and make shots for my team was very important and it kept us in the team and it was very exciting.” – Redshirt freshman Katie Barker

“We shoot a lot in practice and that's basically what i do is shoot threes. So I shoot a lot in practice and I was glad I could just come in and make it for the team. I feel like once someone gets hot, whoever it is, we do a great job at trying to find them and keep getting the ball to them and we do that in practice. If someone has the hot hand in practice we keep trying to get the ball to them. So we’re good at that, we play as a team too so no one’s ever selfish, we try to find the open person. So it was a team effort.” – Redshirt freshman Katie Barker

The Bobcats are set to host Illinois on Thursday, Dec. 22. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.