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Cold Shooting Dooms Ohio Against Duquesne

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Sparks start fire. As in, multiple sparks.

Quiera Lampkins was one of just two Bobcats to shoot over 25 percent from the field in Ohio’s road loss to Duquesne 64-47 Sunday.

Lampkins’ 25 points was just one point of shy her career high and over half of her team’s total on the day. The problem was that none of her teammates could pick things up where she left off.

Hannah Boesinger was the other Bobcat to shoot over 25 percent for Ohio. However, she only shot three attempts all game.

A normal spark for Ohio is three pointers, as the team has converted 32 percent of its attempts coming into today’s game. The Bobcats couldn’t knock any down against the Dukes, though. They were an uncharacteristic 3-25 from deep against the Dukes.

The Dukes took a double-digit lead early in the second quarter and held it for 12 minutes of game time. In the third quarter, Ohio cut the deficit to nine on a Lampkins jumper, but the next seven minutes saw little action for either team.

Ohio’s defense took things over in the third quarter, as it held the Dukes to 10 points. The Bobcats’ offense, on the other hand, couldn’t take advantage and close the gap.

The Bobcats faced a tall task down low. Both Kadri-Ann Lass and Amadea Szamosi stand at 6’3″. It seemed as though the Bobcats were ready for that test, as Lass and Szamosi combined for only 13 points.

Duquesne’s offense had a lot of movement, but it didn’t phase the Bobcats. They made their switches and use help defense to hold down the Dukes’ post game.

“They were pressuring our post players sometimes doubling them and that hindered us,” Duquesne guard April Robinson. “But we found the seams to get things going.”

Those seams came from the guards.

Robinson was controlled by the Bobcats after a 10-point first quarter. That made room for Chassidy Omogrosso, who tied her career high with 18 points. She also had three steals on the other end.

Omogrosso gave the Bobcats a taste of their own medicine, as she shot 67 percent from deep. Most of those three pointers came late in the game, putting Ohio fell farther and farther behind.

Despite three steals from Omogrosso, Ohio managed to limit its turnovers to just 10. On the other end, the defense forced 23 turnovers and scored 20 points off of them.

“They new every set we were going to run and caused us a lot of problems,” Duquesne coach Dan Burt said. “They knew we wanted to go in the post, and they did a great job with their help defense and stopping that.”

The half-court defense was Ohio’s strength, but the half-court offense was an even stronger weakness.

Passes around the perimeter led to nothing for Ohio because the team struggled from deep. When Ohio fed the ball underneath, the Bobcats’ forwards were tormented by Duquesne’s height.

In an uncharacteristic game, Ohio searched for something new to work but could not find anything. Ohio will look to get back in the win column Friday when it takes on UNC-Wilmington.