AKRON, Ohio – Redshirt senior guard Taylor Agler put together one of her best games of the season, registering her first career double-double and setting a career-high in rebounds with 13. However, the Ohio women's basketball team (15-14, 9-9 MAC) would fall to Mid-American Conference East foe Akron (9-20, 3-15 MAC) by the final of 62-59 Saturday afternoon inside James A. Rhodes Arena, in the final game of the regular season.
The Bobcats will finish the regular season 15-14 and 9-9 in the conference and secure the fifth seed in this year's tournament. The Bobcats will take on #12 Akron on Monday inside the Convocation Center
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
The Bobcats and the Zips opened the first two minutes trading baskets before Ohio took a 10-6 lead with 6:13 left in the quarter after Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) hit two free throws. After Akron would cut the game to one, Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) would drain a three and then Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) would hit a layup, putting Ohio up 15-9 with 4:55 left in the period.
Ohio would take a nine-point lead after a three from Doseck. After five-straight points from the Zips to cut the lead to four, Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.) would drain a three, putting Ohio up seven. With 1:44 left, Agler would drain two free throws, putting the Bobcats up 25-16. Akron would hit a three at the end of the quarter, but Ohio would lead 25-19 after the first 10 minutes.
Akron would go on a 6-0 run to open the second quarter, tying the game at 25-25 with 6:46 left in the quarter. Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) would give Ohio the lead back after hitting two free throws. Alexis Stover (Solon, Ohio) would add two more free throws to put Ohio up 29-25 with 5:23 left in the second.
With 4:22 left in the half, Akron would take a 31-29 lead after a made three. However, a layup from Burke would tie the game up at 31-31 with 2:47 left. Akron would take a four-point lead with 58 seconds left in the quarter, but Agler would connect on another layup seconds later to make the score 35-33. After two made free throws from Akron, Doseck would get a layup with 33 seconds left. But two free throws from Akron would give the Zips the 39-34 lead at halftime.
At the half, Agler led Ohio with 11 points, followed by Burris with eight.
Akron would open the third quarter with two made layups over the first four minutes before Agler got Ohio's first points of the quarter, putting the Zips up 43-37 with 6:22 left. Akron would take an eight-point lead before Burke drained a three and Burris hit a free throw, cutting the lead to 45-41 with 45 seconds left in the quarter. However, Akron would hit a jumper and two free throws before Stover hit another one, sending the game to the fourth quarter with Akron leading 49-42.
Agler would start the scoring for Ohio in the fourth quarter with a three with 9:22 left, cutting the lead to 49-45. Akron would the go on a 6-0 run, taking a 54-46 lead with 8:04 left before Stover drained a three to cut the lead to five. After Akron would take a seven-point lead with 7:10 left, back-to-back-to-back layups from Doseck, Barker and Burris would cut the Akron lead to one with 4:19 left.
Akron would get a layup to go up 58-55 with 3:15 left, before Burris scored again, making the score 58-57. After two made free throws from the Zips put them back up three, Burke would get a quick layup bringing the Bobcats back to within one with nine seconds to go. Akron would hit two free throws with six seconds left, and with the Bobcats getting the last shot, they would be unable to connect on the game-tying three pointer, falling to Akron, 62-59.
Agler finished the day with 16 points, going 6-of-12 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 2-of-4 from the free throw line. She also grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, and dished out four assists and had two steals.
Burris finished with 13 points, going 5-of-19 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She also grabbed five rebounds and had one block.
Doseck added 10 points, going 3-of-6 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She also grabbed five rebounds.
Burke wrapped up the day with nine points.
As a team, Ohio went 21-of-65 (.323) from the field, 6-of-32 (.188) from three-point range and 11-of-18 (.611) from the free throw line.
The Bobcats grabbed 45 rebounds, dished out eight assists, had one block and four steals.
Ohio forced Akron to turn the ball over 14 times and scored nine points off of them.
Ohio scored 30 points in the paint, 13 second chance points and six bench points.
For Akron, Shaunay Edmonds scored 19 points, while Haliegh Reinoehl grabbed 12 rebounds.
Akron shot .313 from the field, .200 from three-point range and .824 from the free throw line.
Akron grabbed 48 rebounds, dished out 11 assists, had five blocks and four steals and forced the Bobcats into 11 turnovers and scored seven points off of them.
Akron scored 22 points in the paint and had 24 bench points.
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak against the Zips.
The Bobcats will open up play at the 2018 Mid-American Conference Tournament as the fifth seed on Monday, March 5 when they take on 12th-seeded Akron. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3.