Ohio Women’s Basketball falls behind IUPUI on the road

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND – The Ohio women’s basketball team (0-4, 0-0 MAC) traveled to Indianapolis to play the IUPUI Jaguars (3-2, 0-0 HL) on Sunday (Nov. 20). Ohio came back and fell to the Jaguars 86-97 after a hard-fought street fight. Today’s clash marks the sixth match between the Ohio Bobcats and the IUPUI Jaguars, bringing the series standings 3-3. Overall, the Bobcats were performed on offense Yaya FieldsShe had 26 points, beating her career high of 21 against Ohio State last Thursday (11/17). Felder comments: “It definitely feels good to keep improving and now I’m in a rhythm so I’m looking forward to what’s to come for the rest of the season.”

In the first 10 minutes of the game, IUPUI hit 5 of 9 three-point attempts to quickly take the lead with 68.4 FG% and 55.6 3P%. Ohio responded to the Jags’ strong offensive start with 5 defensive rebounds, which he grabbed Kate Dennis, Caitlyn Kroll, Abby Garnett and Yaya Fields. The final score for the first quarter was 15-31, with the Bobcats shooting 7-17 (41.2%) FG and 1-7 (14.3%) 3P. Ohio was led by in the standings Jaya McClure in the first 10 minutes of play, put on a layup in the 8th minute and a 3-pointer in the 9th minute, ending the quarter.

The Ohio Bobcats battled the Jags in their search for redemption in the second quarter, eventually outperforming them 23-18. However, the 23 points wasn’t enough to catch back the Jags, who were sitting on 49 to finish the half. The Bobcats challenged IUPUI on the boards, adding 9 more rebounds to their 15 total in the first 20 minutes. Ohio also improved his shooting to 50% on both FGs and 3Ps, going 5 for 6 on the line. At the buzzer for half, Kate Dennis hit a three from wide to put the Bobcats within 11 points of the Jags.

At the beginning of the third quarter Abby Garnett and Yaya Fields Ohio led with 4 rebounds from Garnett and 4 points from Felder in the first 2 minutes of the half. Aye Austin also got time on the floor for Ohio and recorded 3 rebounds. Overall, Ohio added 22 more points to the board; 7 FGs, 1 3P and 7 FTs. 60-77 went into the 4th and final quarter.

The fourth quarter was the highest scoring quarter for the Ohio Bobcats, walking away with 26 more points. In the first 2 minutes of the Ohio’s neighborhood Yaya Fields had a defensive rebound, a driving layup, and a steal while Kendall Hale was also a huge offensive weapon for Ohio with a 3-pointer and multiple rebounds in the fourth quarter. Ohio stayed strong, playing to the last second and cutting the Jags’ lead to 11 points, ending the content 86-97.

The Ohio Bobcats remain on the road for their next matchup, playing Indiana State on Saturday, November 26th. Tip-off is for 1 p.m. in Terre Haute, Ind.

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