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Weatherspoon, Lampkins Lead Ohio to Win

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Three minutes and 40 seconds of great play can be enough sometimes.

A Jasmine Weatherspoon-fueled 13-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter gave Ohio a 71-64 win over Eastern Michigan.

In a short amount of time, everything that fell off earlier in the game came back together for the Bobcats.

Down 52-56, Ohio needed a spark. Many times, the team would go deep and hope to knock down a three-pointer, but this time Weatherspoon led the way.

After starting the run with a layup, Weatherspoon blocked Cha Sweeney a shot attempt. Weatherspoon finished the night with a career-high eight blocks.

Later in the run, Weatherspoon pulled down one of the Bobcats’ four offensive rebounds. The Bobcats struggled to keep Eastern Michigan off the boards, as the Eagles grabbed 26 offensive rebounds and scored 19 second-chance points.

During the 13-0 run, though, Ohio controlled the glass. Eastern Michigan pulled down just one offensive rebound during the span. The ensuing shot was blocked by Weatherspoon.

Three of Weatherspoon’s eight blocks came during the deciding 3:40. After starting just one game last season, her presence down low has grown into something that can balance Ohio.

During Ohio’s current seven-game win streak, Lampkins has averaged nearly 18 points per game including a career-high 33 points against Western Michigan. Tonight she scored six of her 20 points during the 13-0 run. Those six were from the free throw line, but Lampkins showed her range otherwise, going 3-4 from beyond the arc.

“After going 0-4 last game,” Lampkins said, “I was like focus and just shoot it straight.”

She also led the Bobcats with 8 rebounds and did a good job of looking down court to find an open teammate.

The Bobcats pushed the pace all game and finished with 10 fast-break points to the Eagles’ two.

When Ohio scored 13 points in 3 minutes and 40 seconds, it pushed the ball and didn’t allow Eastern Michigan to regroup. Between blocked shots and fouls, the Eagles regained traction down nine after controlling the game for so long.

They couldn’t recover in time.