Ohio University Guard Quiera Lampkins exploits an opening in the Western Michigan defense on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. (WOUB / Drake S. Withers)

Lampkins Surpasses 1,500 Career Points Against Toledo

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The Ohio Bobcats came into Savage Arena on Wednesday night looking to bounce back from a tough 68-65 loss to Kent State last Saturday and succeeded, beating the Toledo Rockets 64-55, thanks to a memorable performance from Quiera Lampkins.

The senior guard needed only three points to become just one of four players to join the 1,500-point club at Ohio. It wouldn’t take long for her to achieve this goal, as she made her second bucket with 5:48 left in the first quarter.

Lampkins was the most dominant Bobcat, finishing with 26 points, 10 assists and five rebounds, but wasn’t left without a supporting cast as Yamonie Jenkins had nine points and Jasmine Weatherspoon had seven points and rebounds, respectively.

The middle of the third quarter was a key stretch for Ohio as the Bobcats went on a 14-3 run over a span of four minutes and 19 seconds and took a 50-38 lead. The scoring run along with holding Toledo to zero points in the final two minutes and 59 seconds of the quarter sent Ohio into the final quarter of play with a 50-40 advantage.

The last quarter started with little offensive production with just one point being scored from both teams combined in the first four minutes and 19 seconds.

Halfway through the period is when the momentum picked up.

The Rockets leading scorer Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott was elbowed in the face by Hannah Boesinger while going up for a rebound. Harriott was forced to exit the game with an injury, and Boesinger was issued a technical foul.

Reacting out of frustration to the call, coach Bob Boldon was also given a technical, allowing Toledo to gain 6-point possession, cutting their deficit to three.

The Bobcats defense came up strong when it mattered most, as Toledo missed of 9-of-11 shots to end the game, never regaining their lead. Strong defense turned into offense for Ohio, scoring nine straight points and extending their lead to 61-51 with 49 seconds left, solidifying their victory.

Ohio must rely on Lampkins to produce points and their defense to prevent baskets as it enters deeper into the second half of the season.

Ohio (13-4, 4-2) will host Eastern Michigan (5-13, 0-6) on Saturday.