Athens, Ohio ーThe Ohio women's basketball team (4-2) dropped a 76-52 battle to IUPUI (6-1) on Saturday (Dec. 2) at the Convocation Center.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
IUPUI came out with offensive pressure in the first quarter, with Ohio getting into a scoring deficit early. Junior forward Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) would score Ohio's first seven points, getting a bucket with under seven minutes to play in the first quarter, and following up with a three-pointer that was assisted by redshirt senior guard Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio.)
Freshman guard Cierra Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) was able to get an offensive rebound for Ohio and second-chance layup to make it 18-9 with 3:41 left to play in the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter the score stood with the Jaguars leading 26-9.
Freshman forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) was able to drive through intense defensive pressure and get a layup at with 8:38 left in the half. Hooks added another layup for the Bobcats making it 26-13 with 6:26 remaining.
Burris sunk a three-pointer leaving the score at 26-18 with 5:14 to go in the second. Hooks came up with a huge steal, which she converted into layup to leave the score at 20-31 with 2:52 to go in the first half.
Redshirt sophomore guard Katie Barker (Carly, Ill.) drilled a three-pointer with just over a minute to go in the second quarter, but IUPUI still led 33-25. To finish up first half scoring freshman forward Alexis Stover (Solon, Ohio) got a quick layup just before the buzzer to made the score 35-28 at halftime.
At halftime, Jessing led Ohio in scoring with seven points, while picking up two boards. Hooks followed with six points, two rebounds, two steals, and an assist. Burris ended the first half with five points and a rebound. In the first half, the Bobcats shot 37.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free-throw line.
Senior guard Danielle Lawrence had a game-high 11 points in the first half, with five rebounds. Freshman forward/center Macee WIlliams followed with eight points, two rebounds, and a steal. As a team, IUPUI shot 15-for-29 (51.7 percent) from the field.
Jessing hit two free-throws to open up the third quarter from Ohio, making the score 38-30 with the Jaguars in the lead, just over nine minutes to play. Agler helped cut the Bobcats deficit to five, getting the score to 38-33, Burke picked up the assist on that point. Burris got a layup with 4:10 to go in the third quarter but IUPUI still held the 49-39 lead. Agler got a shot from beyond the arc to cut it to 53-44 with under a minute left in the third quarter. At the end of the third, the Jaguars were still up 57-44.
On the fourth quarter, Burris was able to end a scoring drought with 7:07 remaining in the game when she drove through the lane, scoring a layup making it 65-47. Burke would add three points and the Bobcats would hit three free throws before the game was over, however the buzzer would sound with IUPUI winning 76-52. .
Agler led Ohio, tallying 11 points, while adding two rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Next came Burris, with nine points, and going 4-for-9 from the field, and grabbing a team-high five rebounds. Jessing also had nine points, with four rebounds. Burke and Hooks each had eight points and three rebounds. Hooks also had a game-high four steals.
Lawrence led the Jags with a game-high 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Williams followed with 19 points, nine rebounds, and two steals. Redshirt junior forward Tamya Sims had 10 points, and a game-high 10 rebounds, three steals, and an assist, and a block.
The loss left the Bobcats record at 4-2 for the season.
As a team, Ohio was 19-of-52 (.365) from the field, 5-of-28 (.179) from the three-point line, and 9-of-20 (.450) from the line. IUPUI was 29-of-56 (.518) from the field, 4-of-14 (.286) from the three-point line, and 14-of-22 (.636) from the free-throw line.
Ohio's bench outscored IUPUI 21-15 in the game. IUPUI scored more points in the paint (40-28), had more second-chance points (18-11), and more fast break points (10-2).
"We take a lot of pride on our defense, and it wasn't there. When you give up 26 points in the first quarter you're really digging yourself a hole that's going to be hard to come out of regardless. That's definitely something that needs to change." - Junior forward Kendall Jessing
"It can be a learning opportunity, watching film, we can really see. Watching yourself, you actually get to see what mistakes you're making and then you can turn it around." - Junior forward Kendall Jessing
"IUPUI really came out and gave it to us. They ran their stuff, and ran it well, there wasn't really much we could do about it." – Head Coach Bob Boldon
"We were able to kind of chip into it. They were the better team from start to finish; good learning opportunity for us." – Head Coach Bob Boldon
"They just outworked us, and that is just something that you hope you take away from it. This is still a very young team, and we're going to have some ups and downs. We're far from a finished product, we got a lot of kids minutes today, there's a lot of things that we can try and build from this. It's not a lot of fun doing that." – Head Coach Bob Boldon
"The challenge for our players and our coaches is how do we move forward, and what part of these things do we fix. We'll have a chance to probably fix something." – Head Coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcats return to action when they head to Cleveland, Ohio to face Cleveland State on Wednesday (Dec. 6) at 11 a.m.