Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Ohio 64, Morehead St. 56
Miami 55, Chicago St. 39
Cornell 79, Buffalo 72
MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (2-0) rallied to force overtime, then beat Morehead State University (2-2), 64-56, Saturday at Johnson Arena.
Ohio outscored Morehead State, 16-8, in the extra period.
The Bobcats open the 2013-14 season with a 2-0 record, marking the first time the program has achieved such a feat since the 2006-07 campaign.
Ohio defeated the Eagles in overtime for the second straight year. The Bobcats prevailed in overtime over Morehead State, 79-72, on Dec. 9, 2012, at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.
"I thought they did a good job," said first-year head coach Bob Boldon of his team's overtime triumph. "They hung in there. We were battling some shooting woes and some turnover woes, but we never let that effect our defensive intensity, which I was happy with."
Ohio forced Morehead State to turn the ball over 21 times, leading to 15 points for the Bobcats.
"It goes back to the old adage that you get what you practice," said Boldon. "We spent a large amount of time working on our help-side, trying to clean that up, and we continued to spend time on guarding without fouling."
Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) led the way with a career-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks. She went 8-for-10 from the free throw line and finished in double figures for the second straight game.
Junior guard Mariah Byard (North Marion, W. Va.) chipped in 12 points to finish in double figures for a second game in a row.
Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) added nine points and went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) chipped in eight points and tied for the team lead with four steals.
Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahnna, Ohio) finished with a career-high seven points and seven rebounds to tie freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) for the team lead. She also tied Black with a team-high four steals.
"We had different players step up and take advantage of mismatches and scoring opportunities, and I was very pleased with that," said Boldon.
Ohio led by as much as 11 in the first half, but Morehead State closed the opening 20 minutes of play by going on a 12-2 run over the final 3:34 to send Ohio into halftime clinging to a 22-21 lead.
The Eagles picked up where they left off in the first 10 minutes of the second half, opening on a 16-9 run to take a 37-31 advantage with 11:20 to play in regulation.
A trey by Byard cut Morehead State's lead to three with 10:22 to go. The Eagles went back up by four with 9:24 remaining, but two layups by freshman forward Jasmine Weatherspoon (Columbus, Ohio) tied the game at 39-all with just over six and a half minutes remaining in the second half. A minute later, Byard put Ohio back up by three with another three.
Morehead State regained a three-point edge with 3:12 to play. Two free throws by Baldwin with just under three minutes to play pulled Ohio to within one at 45-44, and two more from Black with 2:29 to go gave the Bobcats a 46-45 lead.
A three by Morehead State freshman guard Aaliyah Wells put the Eagles back in front, 48-46, with just over two minutes to play, but Baldwin was fouled with 1:40 to go and made both freebies to send the game into overtime.
With the game tied at 52-all with 3:18 remaining in the extra period, Ohio proceeded to close out the victory with a 12-4 run, as Byard knocked down a three, Baldwin converted a layup, Yelle hit four free throws, Byard hit another freebie and Lampkins finished it with a layup with 16 seconds left to provide the Bobcats with the winning margin.
Junior guard Almesha Jones led Morehead State with 12 points and a game-high five assists.
Ohio continues its three-game road swing through the state of Kentucky when it visits No. 4/5 Louisville next Thursday (Nov. 21). Tip time is slated for 7 p.m.
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s basketball team got its first win of the Cleve Wright era with a 55-39 victory over Chicago State on Saturday. The RedHawks improve to 1-2 on the season, while the Cougars fall to 1-2.
Defensively, Miami could not have been much better, holding Chicago State to only 11 made baskets for the entire game. The 39 points allowed was just outside the top ten defensive efforts in Miami women’s basketball history.
Sophomore forward Jessica Rupright had a great game, recording her first career double-double with a team-leading 12 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Nicole Anderson tied Rupright for the team lead in rebounds with 10, her second consecutive double-digit rebounding effort. The RedHawks were dominant overall on the boards, winning the rebound battle 54-26 on Saturday.
The Miami defense was strong early, keeping the Cougars to 1-for-8 shooting over the first six minutes. Rupright and Anderson each had a pair of layups, while senior guard Hannah Robertson nailed a three-pointer to stake the ‘Hawks to an 11-2 lead. Miami began to struggle from the field a bit during the next six minutes, but kept up the defensive effort, allowing CSU only five more points. Rupright and senior guard Haley Robertson each hit jumpers to give the RedHawks a 16-7 lead with 7:12 remaining in the period.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Tierra Williams cut the Miami lead to 16-13 with 3:56 to go. Miami closed the half on a 5-2 run off layups from freshman guard Jillian Spurlock and senior center Kelsey Simon to go into the break in front, 21-16.
Rupright led Miami with six points, while Anderson had five points and eight rebounds in the first half. The RedHawks shot 36.0 percent (9-for-25), while holding Chicago State to 21.4 percent (6-for-28) shooting.
A three-pointer from Haley Robertson and a jumper from Rupright helped push the advantage to 26-18 with 17:11 to go. Chicago State closed to within six as the RedHawks did not hit another basket for the next four minutes, but Rupright ended the drought with a layup at the 13:17 mark. That started a 16-3 run over the next 5:20 that gave Miami a 42-23 lead with 7:57 remaining in the game. During the run Hannah Robertson hit a pair of jumpers, while Rupright and Anderson each had layups.
Chicago State was able to get as close as 14 at 42-28, but a layup from freshman guard Jillian Spurlock ended any hope of a Cougar comeback. Haley Robertson and Maddie McCallie each hit three-pointers to make it 50-32 with 3:15 to go, while the RedHawks hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the 55-39 win.
In addition to Rupright’s 12 points, Haley Robertson and Spurlock each scored eight, while Anderson and Hannah Robertson each contributed seven. Junior guard Courtney Larson led Miami with four assists. The RedHawks finished the game shooting 35.7 percent (20-for-56) from the field, while holding Chicago State to 21.2 percent (11-for-52) shooting.
Miami is off for the next week until it travels to UIC on Saturday, Nov. 23 for a 4 p.m. (EST) game. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
BUFFALO, NY - The UB women's basketball team found itself in an offensive showdown in its home opener against Cornell Saturday afternoon, with the Big Red (2-0) holding off the Bulls (2-1) for a 79-72 win. Mackenzie Loesing and Kristen Sharkey each posted double doubles to lead the team in the loss.
The Bulls started out strong from the opening tip, earning a 10-0 lead and holding Cornell scoreless for the first six minutes and 40 seconds of the game with six turnovers and 0-9 shooting from the field. The visitors would answer back, though, with a 13-10 run to take the lead. The two teams would trade off leads four times with a pair of ties in the half, with Buffalo pounding it inside and Cornell finding success from beyond the three-point line.
Heading into the halftime break, UB pushed ahead for a 34-31 lead, with Sharkey posting 11 points and five rebounds and Loesing chipping in seven points, six rebounds and a pair of steals. Cornell would be held to just 2-14 on two-point field goals, but were able to find the equalizer with six three pointers to just a pair for the Bulls. A key for Buffalo throughout the game would be rebounding, with the team owning a 29-19 advantage in rebounds, which included 13 offensive rebounds that led to 12 second-chance points.
Cornell would chip away early at the UB lead in the second half, eventually going ahead three minutes in after a 10-2 run. After a brief 43-41 lead for Buffalo with 16:24 to play, Cornell would make a 14-4 run that would give it a lead it would ultimately never give back. The respective strong points for the two teams would hold serve in the second half, with the Bulls continuing to punish the paint for a final advantage of 44-14, with 21 points scored on offensive rebounds.
Sharkey would hit 11-18 shots on the interior, and would chip in six offensive rebounds. Loesing would slash through the Big Red defense with 6-13 shooting from inside, and she would finish with five offensive rebounds, three steals and three assists.
With just under four minutes in the game, Cornell would take its biggest lead with a 69-56 advantage. The Bulls would fight back, though, with an 11-3 run from that point until the 1:29 mark. The run was highlighted by a three-point play from Loesing, who would then draw a charge on the defensive end. Free throws would be the difference, with Cornell hitting ten free throws in the final two minutes alone to hold the UB comeback at an arm's length. The Big Red would enjoy a big day at the charity stripe, with a 30-43 performance compared to a 14-22 day for the Bulls.
The Bulls won the rebounding margin 57-44, a total which included 25 offensive rebounds. That offensive rebound total is the most by any UB squad since Jan. 11, 2012, and the 57 rebounds are the most the team has combined for since Jan. 13 of last season. Both Sharkey and Loesing tied career highs for rebounds, and Alexis Malone had seven rebounds to set a season high for the freshman forward.
"We're a young team learning a valuable lesson," head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "We didn't embrace the opportunity to come home and play in front of our fans. I thought (Kristen) Sharkey and Alexis (Malone) really worked hard to try to seize the moment, but not enough of us came to play."
It will be back to the road for Buffalo, who will next play at Duquesne Wednesday. It will be an early tip-off, with the game scheduled to begin at 11 am.