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Bobcats Shut Down Golden Flashes in Win

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It seemed like just another day at the office for the Ohio Bobcats (22-4, 14-1) as they dominated the Kent State Golden Flashes (5-20, 2-13) 86-52.

The ‘Cats drove the lane early and often, attacking the basket the entire night en route to 44 points in the paint. Hannah Boesinger finished with a season-high 15 points thanks in part to her teammates, who repeatedly fed her the ball down low. Boesinger also snagged four rebounds before fouling out of the game with four minutes to play.

Ohio head coach Bob Boldon believed his team did a good job adjusting to Kent State’s multiple defensive looks.

“Hannah and Jas in particular did a great job finding space down there,” Boldon said.

One player who collected her points from outside the paint was Kiyanna Black. Black finished with a game-high 19 points and tied the MAC record along with her own Ohio record with 100 3-pointers in a season.

With the exception of a sloppy end to the second quarter, the Bobcats had this game under control the entire night.

The Bobcats finished the night shooting nearly 50 percent with four players scoring at least 12 points.

Kent State shot just 11 percent from the field in the third quarter and 30 percent on the night. The only positive the Golden Flashes can take from this game is they beat Ohio at the line shooting 65 percent compared to the Bobcats 53 percent.

At the start of the final quarter Jasmine Weatherspoon collected her third steal of the night, this time she went coast to coast and laid it in for two giving her seven points to finish the game. She also tacked on 10 rebounds and two blocks.

The Bobcats’ defense was phenomenal in this game, holding Kent to the lowest point total in a regular season game for Ohio with 52.

Ohio will look for redemption as it faces off against MAC foe Buffalo, the Bobcats’ only conference loss this season. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. on February 27.

“We got to beat buffalo,” Boldon said. “Buffalo is very different in how they play, we are playing good basketball, which is nice to see, but we were playing good basketball before we played Buffalo as well.”