OXFORD, Ohio – Despite 18 points from Dominique Doseck, the offense was unable to string anything together, and the Ohio women's basketball team (11-9, 5-4 MAC) would fall to Miami (12-8, 4-5 MAC), 64-55, Saturday afternoon inside Millett Hall. The loss snapped Ohio's two-game winning streak and six-game winning streak against the RedHawks.
To go along with Doseck's (Athens, Ohio) 18 points, Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) added nine and Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) scored eight points and had five assists, two blocks and two steals. Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) both had five rebounds.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Ohio got off to a quick 5-0 lead after Doseck kicked the game off with a three-pointer seconds in. Moments later, a steal and a layup from Jessing gave the Bobcats the early lead before Miami got two points of their own.
The RedHawks would take a 6-5 lead with 7:06 left before a steal and a layup from Agler gave the Bobcats the lead back. Miami would then go on a 7-0 run until Doseck hit a jumper with 3:55 left to cut the lead to 13-9. After Miami would go up six again later in the quarter, Burke would register a layup with 44 seconds left, cutting the RedHawks' lead to 19-15 after one quarter.
To open the second quarter, the Bobcats and RedHawks would trade baskets until Ohio would cut the Miami lead to 25-24 with 5:32 left in the second after Doseck drained another three. Miami would go up three again second later, but Agler would cut the lead to 27-26 after a layup of her own.
Miami would go up six again, but layups from Agler and Olivia Bower (Bowerstown, Ohio) would help cut the RedHawks lead to four, but two more points with 1:09 left would give Miami the 36-30 lead going into the half.
Miami would open the third quarter with a three to take a nine-point lead in the opening seconds. Ohio would respond with a layup from Doseck, but s would cut the lead to four after Miami would score again, giving them the 41-32 lead with 8:01 left.
Layups from Burke and Doseck would cut the lead down to five with 7:23 left before another Miami three gave them the 44-36 lead. The Bobcats would cut the lead down to four after back-to-back layups from Bower. However, Miami would go on a 9-0 lead to close out the last 3:21 of the quarter, giving them the 56-42 lead at the end of the third.
Ohio would open the fourth up on a 4-0 run to cut the Miami lead to 56-46 before the RedHawks would go up 12 with 7:46 left.
Then three-pointers from Alexis Stover (Solon, Ohio) and Doseck and a steal and a layup from Cierra Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) would cut the lead to 58-54 with 5:57 left in the game. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would only score one point the rest of the quarter, a free throw from Hooks, and would fall 64-55.
Doseck scored 18 points, going 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point range. She also added four rebounds and three steals in 37 minutes.
Burke scored nine points, going 3-of-16 from the field and 3-of-4 form the free throw line and grabbed four rebounds and had three steals.
Agler scored eight points, going 4-of-7 from the field, while grabbing three boards, had five assists, two blocks and two steals.
Bower tied her career-high with six points in 20 minutes on the floor.
Burris grabbed five rebounds, while Jessing scored four points, two assists, five boards and two steals.
Overall, Ohio went 23-of-65 (.354) from the field, 5-of-19 (.262) from three-point range and 4-of-10 (.400) from the free throw line.
The Bobcats were out rebounded 50-30.
The Bobcats dished out seven assists, had two blocks and forced Miami to turn to the ball over 27 time, 14 of those coming from steals.
Ohio scored 19 points off of turnovers, 32 points in the paint and 16 bench points.
For Miami, Lauren Dickerson led the way with 27 points, going 11-of-22 from the field with five assists and five steals.
Kendall McCoy added 17 points, going 3-of-5 from three-point range.
As a team, Miami went 24-of-54 (.444) from the field, 5-of-10 (.500) from three-point range and 11-of-19 (.579) from the free throw line.
The loss snapped Ohio's six-game winning streak against Miami and their three-game winning streak in Oxford.
"We didn't do a very good job executing offensively. So therefore, I think our shots were a little bit more difficult. And then we just missed some shots. It's not all bad offense, it's just us missing shots and we have to get better at a lot of things. I don't think that's new information to us, sometimes when you get smacked like this on the road you realize, Oh Boy we do have to get better." – Head coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcat will take a week off from game action when they return to the floor on Saturday, Feb. 3 when Ohio hosts Ball State. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. The game can be seen on ESPN3.