Published Sun, Nov 18, 2012 4:49 pm Dateline
The Bobcats left the Williams Center in Minneapolis, Minn., without a victory after a 60-51 loss to UNLV. Ohio Women's Basketball fell to 1-2 as it was unable to stop Rebel forward Alana Cesarz, who scored 27 points in the Subway Classic Consolation game. Though Ohio won the first half, UNLV came alive in the second half to leave the tournament with a win.
Ohio went into halftime with a 35-31 lead after a closely played period. The ‘Cats made 14-of-33 for a 42.4 shooting percentage in the first half. Ohio spread the ball well, as 10 of the 14 field goals came off of assists.
The Green and White took an early lead on the Rebels, going up 5-3 at 15:45 in the contest. The start was aided by five early Rebel turnovers. Early on in the half, both teams struggled to hold onto the ball, made evident by 17 turnovers in the first 12 minutes.
Top scorers for the Bobcats were Shavon Robinson and Ashley Fowler who each scored 10 points. Mariah Byard and Tina Fisher helped in scoring nine and eight points respectively.
Fowler got off to a hot start, making four of her first five shots. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, her 10 points came in the first 15 minutes of the game, and she was rendered ineffective for the rest of the game.
In the second half, Ohio continued to struggle containing Cesarz. For the game she shot 9-of-21 from the field. Teammate Kelli Thompson also pitched in for UNLV with 11 points.
Coupled with Cesarz’s performance was the Bobcats' poor shooting in the second half. They were only able to make five of their 29 attempted shots in the half for a 17.2 percentage.
With 14:12 left in the game, Ohio’s Erin Bailes tied the game on a jumper at 42-42. From there Ohio’s offense began its skid. UNLV jumped ahead to a 52-46 lead at the 7:41 mark.
UNLV outscored Ohio 29-16 and outrebounded the Bobcats 29-15 in the second half.
Even in the loss, there were a few bright spots for the Bobcats as Ashley Fowler just fell short of tying her career high of six assists. Tina Fisher set a career high in blocked shots with three.
Things do not get much easier for Ohio. Next Sunday the Bobcats take on a Duquesne team that just upset 17th ranked Delaware.