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The Bobcats picked up their first win over a Big Ten opponent since 1994 with a 63-56 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.
It was a hard-fought battle in the first half that had six lead changes with the biggest lead being 14-7 in favor of Ohio. Indiana hit two threes to get back into the game. This was a process that continued throughout the half, but the second half was where this game really took place.
At the start of the third quarter, Indiana had a 32-29 lead, but the Bobcats closed the gap early by taking the lead just a few minutes in. Again, these two teams continued to go back and forth as both continued to rebound well and played defense.
The Bobcats’ ability to stay in the game at all was big in general, seeing that Ohio lost their best players. Just two minutes into the third quarter, Kiyanna Black picked up her fourth foul and freshman Dominique Doseck picked up the slack.
Going into the fourth quarter, Ohio led 47-44. After sitting for most of the third quarter, Black found her way back into the game and made a statement right away, hitting a tough layup, drawing the foul and converting at the line. Her presence helped the ‘Cats as the offense just seemed to flow better with her involved.
After leading for most of the fourth quarter, the Bobcats just seemed to hit a wall and fell into disarray as Kelly Karlis fouled out of the game. Indiana took a 56-55 lead with three minutes left, but once again it was Black who saved the day for the Bobcats. She hit a floater to give them the late lead. Black had eight of her 17 points in the fourth quarter.
With their win, the Bobcats will play Vanderbilt in the first place game of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament tomorrow at 3:30 pm.