Score: Ohio 80, Illinois 68
Location: Athens, Ohio
The Short Story: With the help of a 17 point performance from Quiera Lampkins and a double-double effort from Jasmine Weatherspoon, The Ohio womenâs basketball team (9-1) cruised to an 80-68 victory against Illinois (5-8) on Thursday evening.
OHIO STARTERS: #0 Taylor Agler, #5 Quiera Lampkins, #12 Yamonie Jenkins, #15 Jasmine Weatherspoon, #22 Hannah Boesinger
ILLINOIS STARTERS: #1 Brandi Beasley, #13 Petra Holesinska, #23 Jaelyne Kirkpatrick, #25 Kennedy Cattenhead, #35 Alex Wittinger
How It Happened
- Ohio would win the tip to start the contest.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon would put the Bobcats on the board first as she grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it back up off the glass. They held the first lead at 2-0 at the 9:43 mark.
- The lead shifted back-and-forth before a three-pointer from Katie Barker at 4:01 gave the Bobcats the lead for good as Ohio held a 13-10 advantage.
- At the end of the first quarter, Ohio held a 23-16 lead as it extended its advantage after an and-one layup by Taylor Agler with 27 seconds remaining in the quarter.
- The Illini shrunk the lead down to one at the 3:21 mark of the second period as Courtney Jones laid home to make the score 27-26.
- Ohio finished the half on a 5-0 run behind a three from Agler at 1:46 and a layup by Hannah Boesinger at 1:23.
- The Bobcats held a 32-26 advantage at the halftime interval.
- Agler led Ohio with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. She added two rebounds and two steals
- Weatherspoon tallied nine points on 3-of-7 shooting while collecting four rebounds and a steal.
- Quiera Lampkins notched eight points on 3-of-7 shooting while snatching five boards. She also handing out three assists.
- Ohio increased its lead to 43-32 off of a fast break three-pointer by Hannah Boesinger. Agler stole the ball and raced up court before dumping the ball off to Boesinger who drilled the left wing three-pointer at 8:59 of the third quarter.
- The run for the Bobcats continued as by the end of the 17-0 run the lead was up to 54-32, at the largest of the game to that point.
- The Bobcats drilled four of their 11 threes in the quarter while shooting 56 percent (10-of18) from the field.
- The defense held the Illini to just 5-of-14 shooting in the period as they managed to score just four points in the final eight minutes of play.
- Ohio held a 59-36 lead at the end of the third quarter of play.
- The Bobcats extended the lead out to 28 at the 9:10 mark of the fourth quarter as Weatherspoon made a layup to make it 64-36.
- Illinois would finish the game on an 11-2 run but, were unable to cut the deficit under double digits as the Bobcats dribbled out the remaining 14 seconds of the game.
- The Bobcats won by a final score of 80-68.
- Five Bobcats finished in double figures as Lampkins lead the way with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting for the game.
- Weatherspoon finished with a double-double netting 14 points while tallying a team-high 11 boards against the Big Ten opposition.
- Burke finished with 13 while collecting five rebounds. Agler added 12 of her own while swiping a team-high four steals and posting five boards. Boesinger had 10 points eight of which came in the second half Thursday night.
Beyond the Boxscore:
- This is the Bobcats fifth win against a Big Ten team all-time.
- This is Ohioâs ninth win of the regular season and first ever win against Illinois.
- The win was Boldonâs 71th win at Ohio.
- This is the Bobcats 535th victory in program history.
- The Bobcats start the season 9-1 for the first time in program history, which marks the second-best start in the program history.
Quotable: âIt was a back-and-forth first half and then we were able to get a couple of buckets and a couple of defensive stops. They got a couple of good shots to start the second and then when you canât knock down the east ones it makes the next one that much harder.â â Head coach Bob Boldon
âShe [Weatherspoon] got off to a really good start and finished really well. That third quarter, I thought that we did a good job of neutralizing her [Alex Wittinger] and that allowed us to play in transition a little bit more. And we have some kids that are really good in the open floor.â â Head Coach Bob Bolden
The Bobcats travel to North Carolina A&T on Wednesday, Dec. 28. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.