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Ohio Zips Past Akron, Winning Streak Now at 11

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The Ohio Women’s basketball team (16-3 8-0) is still perfect within the Mid American Conference after defeating Akron (10-9 4-4) earning their 16th conference win in a row.

The Bobcats have now won 11 straight games this season and looked dominate in their 75-55 victory over the Zips on Wednesday night. Even though they were sloppy with the ball, the ‘Cats still controlled the entire 40 minutes and thrashed the Zips for 42 points from behind-the-arc.

The 20-point victory was not as perfect as Coach Boldon would have liked. Even after forcing 21 turnovers, the ‘Cats committed 22 of their own. Coach Boldon was unhappy postgame with where the turnovers were coming from, “just terrible with the basketball, making bad decisions…just not real crisp with the basketball.”

Ohio started the game hitting two straight three-pointers and never took their foot off the pedal. They finished the night shooting roughly 40 percent from the field.

Ohio was able to register 14 blocks keeping up with their conference leading pace of 4.9 per game. Jasmine Weatherspoon racked up six of those, two of which were on consecutive possessions. The dominating down low defense stalled an Akron offense which shot just 27 percent from the field.

The Zips started off the game very cold, barely making 20 percent of their shot from the floor in the first half. Their fate was sealed early after Ohio exploded out to a big lead in the second quarter.

One of the players who had a big night was redshirt freshman, Kelly Karlis. Karlis scored 11 points in the first half, her season high. Akron stopped Karlis from scoring a single point in the second half, but she was still able to grab nine boards over the course of the game.

Akron ended up playing an even second half with the ‘Cats, but the Zips could never fully get over the hump. Anita Brown lead both teams with 16 points and crashed the boards for eight rebounds. Only one other player, DiAndra Gibson, was able to score in double digits for the Zips.

Ohio should enjoy a win in front of its home crowd after road wins the past two games. Though, it will be short lived as they head back out onto the road to take on the Ball State Cardinals (14-4 6-1) trying to make it 12 wins in a row. Ball State is currently sitting atop the throne in the MAC West.