Athens, Ohio-- The Ohio Women's basketball (15-13, 9-8 MAC) fell to Miami (19-9, 11-6 MAC) 78-56, Wednesday, inside the Convocation Center on Senior Night. Ohio honored its only senior, guard Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) after the game.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Agler would start the scoring for Ohio, but the Bobcats would find themselves in a 3-2 deficit to start the game. Junior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) then drained a three-pointer to tie the game 5-5 with 8:13 remaining in the first quarter. After an 12-0 run by Miami, sophomore guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) would get a layup to make the score 17-7 with less than a minute to go.
Burke would get the first bucket of the second quarter for Ohio, making it 17-9 with 9:19 left in the quarter. Shorty after, redshirt sophomore Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.) would score a three-pointer to making it 17-12. Burke got an easy jumper to help Ohio decrease the RedHawks lead 21-17 with 6:25 to go in the half. Agler would score a layup just before the buzzer to make it 35-24 in favor of Miami heading into halftime.
Doseck began the scoring for Ohio with a three-pointer to put the score at 37-27 with 8:53 remaining in the third quarter. Junior forward Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) got the basket and free-throw with 6:20 to go in the third, making the score 47-32 with the RedHawks still in the lead. A steal and layup from freshman forward Alexis Stover (Solon, Ohio) would put the score 51-34 with 4:10 remaining in the period. The score stood at 61-39 heading into the final period.
Barker made the first basket of the fourth period for the Bobcats, and the score was 61-41 with just over nine minutes left in the game. Freshman forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) would score two three-pointers within a minute of each other. The final score had Ohio falling 78-57.
Burke and Burris led Ohio in scoring, each recording 12 points. Burris added eight rebounds and three blocks. Burke also had four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Doseck followed with 10 points, going 4-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from three point range. She also had two rebounds and two steals.
Agler and Barker both had eight points. Barker shot 3-of-6 from the field and 2-of-4 from the three-point line. She added two rebounds and two steals. Agler had nine assists, three rebounds, and one steal in her 38 minutes of play.
As a team, Ohio went 23-of-61 (.377) from the field, 7-of-23 (.304) from the free throw line, and 3-of-6 (.500) from three-point range.
Miami outrebounded the Bobcats 78-56.
Ohio forced the RedHawks to turn over the ball 18 times and scored 12 points off of them. They also scored 30 points in the paint and 18 points off the bench.
Miami was led by Kendall McCoy and Lauren Dickerson who each had 21 points.
As a team, Miami went 29-of-66 (.439) from the field, 8-of-21 (.381) from three-point range, and 12-of-13 (.923) from the free throw line.
The RedHawks scored 32 points in the paint, 14 second chance points, and 16 bench points.
"I'm so grateful I was able to come to Ohio three years ago, I think in general I'm just going to miss being a student athlete. I'm going to miss being a part of a team and constantly being around my sisters. I'm going to miss my coaches pushing me." – Taylor Agler
"Bad defense. It's as bad as it's been all year. It's obviously frustrating when you're getting prepared to play in the tournament and you'd like to think you could rely on your defense. You're going to go up there and now you're going to go into a big arena and you have to rely on your defense, if we even get there. It doesn't give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, that's for sure." – Head coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcats head to Akron, Ohio to wrap up the regular season on Saturday, March 3 when the Bobcats take on the Zips. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside James A. Rhodes Arena.