Bobcats’ forward Kelly Karlis charges past Western Michigan defenders on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. (WOUB / Drake S. Withers)

Ohio Cruises Past Miami to Earn Fourth Straight Victory

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The Ohio Bobcats women’s basketball team used numerous runs throughout the game to bury rival Miami 79-62 inside Millett Hall on Saturday. This is Ohio’s fourth consecutive win and fifth consecutive victory they have earned in the Battle of the Bricks rivalry.

The Bobcats started off very slow on offense, missing seven of their first eight shots. Ohio overcame this sluggish beginning by going on a 14-6 run to end the first quarter, giving them a 5-point advantage.

The second quarter was when things began to turn in the Bobcats favor. Their defense was impressive all game, but particularly in the last minutes of the first half. Miami missed six of their last seven shots and did not score over the final 2:33 of the second quarter.

Ohio’s stout defense and 6-0 run carried them into the break with a 31-23 lead.

The third quarter was when they began to pull away. The Bobcats opened the quarter on a 14-5 run, extending their lead to 45-28. Hannah Boesinger and Yamonie Jenkins were instrumental in this stretch, scoring six points apiece.

They soon boosted this lead to 20 points going into the final 10 minutes of play and never looked back.

Boesinger started for the ninth time this season in place of an injured Jasmine Weatherspoon, and she stepped up when the Bobcats needed her most, scoring a season-high 17 points along with six rebounds.  Quiera Lampkins also had 17 points.

Jenkins produced an all-around solid game. The senior guard had a perfect shooting outing, going 3-of-3, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Ohio’s balanced scoring attack could prove deadly towards their opponents as the level of play heightens heading into one of the last months of the regular season.

Ohio (16-4, 7-2) now holds first place in the Mid-American Conference East. They travel to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on Wednesday to take on Central Michigan (14-5, 6-1).