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Women’s basketball: Bobcats Lose Heartbreaker at Kent State

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MAC play continued for the Ohio women’s basketball team at the Memorial Athletic Convocation Center, or MAC Center for short, as the Bobcats traveled to Kent to take on the Golden Flashes. The game was close until the final buzzer, but KSU came out on top 68-65.

Ohio led throughout the first couple minutes of the first half, but Kent gradually pulled ahead to take an 18-13 lead after about six minutes of play. The ‘Cats then went on a 10-0 run to lead 23-18 at about the 11 minute mark of the first half. Ohio worked up to an 11 point lead, 32-21, but Kent cut the lead to six to finish out the first half with the ‘Cats ahead 34-28.

The Golden Flashes continued to chip away at the deficit to start the second half, and the game was tied at 39 with 15:45 left in the game. Kent regained the lead 44-42 off a Jamie Hutcheson basket. Ashley Fowler gave Ohio the lead back 44-44 with a three-point basket and the Bobcats pushed ahead to lead by six, 50-44 with a little more than ten minutes to go. The game was tied once again at 56 with about five minutes to go, but the tables turned back in favor of the Golden Flashes about two and a half minutes later to give Kent a five-point lead, 64-59. The game came down to the wire, with Kent ahead 64-63 with a 1:10 left on the clock. Trisha Krewson made two foul shots with 19 seconds to go, forcing Ohio to look to get some sort of three-point play. The ‘Cats came up with only a two-point play after two free throws for Shavon Robinson, making the score 66-65. Ohio forced a jump ball, but the possession arrow pointed to Kent, taking precious seconds for Ohio off the clock. The Bobcats were forced to foul Itziar Llobet, who was able to take advantage at the free throw line for two more points. With only .07 of a second left, and no timeouts, Ohio’s only option was a desperation in bounds play, but Shavon Robinson couldn’t get a shot off in time, giving Kent its second win of the season.

Even though its efforts were not enough for the win, Ohio’s continued its trend of balanced scoring with three players who scored in double figures. Tenishia Benson, Shavon Robinson, and Ashley Fowler scored 15,14, and 10 points respectively.

Both teams are now 1-1 in conference play while Ohio falls to .500 at 8-8 overall and Kent improves to 2-10. Ohio stays on the road for its game on January 12th against Bowling Green.