Ohio Loses Tough Road Battle To Eastern Michigan

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The Ohio Lady Bobcats (5-17, 0-10 MAC) fell to Eastern Michigan (6-17, 4-6 MAC) 64-57 in a game that went from a blowout to a nail biter in a flash.

Ohio trailed the Eagles 56-38 with 6:33 remaining in the game, but the Bobcats went on a 15-0 run in the following 4:30 to make it a four point game with two minutes remaining.

The run was led by Mariah Byard and Erin Bailes, who each hit two threes during the stretch to bring Ohio back.

Bailes finished the game with 19 points, shooting 5-of-10 from three and grabbed nine rebounds while Byard finished with 14 points and shot 4-of-6 from three.

After a three by Bianca Cage opened the lead back to six points for the Eagles, Ohio scored another four points to make it 59-57 with under a minute remaining.

But the Bobcats had some miscommunication on defense and allowed an easy layup. Shavon Robinson had an errant pass on the next possession for Ohio that sealed the deal.

The first half was close up until the last few minutes when Eastern Michigan started to pull away and led 35-28 at halftime.

Ohio turned the ball over 22 times in the game and that resulted in a 26-15 advantage for Eastern Michigan in points off turnovers.

The Eagles also outscored the Bobcats in the paint 38-10 in the game.

Cage led the Eagles with 16 points and Natachia Watkins and India Hairston each chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds apiece.

The Bobcats get a week off before returning to action Feb. 16 at home against Western Michigan.