Not enough

Ohio’s Quiera Lampkins (5) goes to the rim during a game last season against Miami. Lampkins had 26 points, but the Bobcats dropped a 63-57 decision at North Carolina A&T on Wednesday.

GREENSBORO, N. C. — The Ohio University women’s basketball team wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule on Wednesday with a thud.

Or, perhaps more appropriately, a clank.

The Bobcats shot just 1 of 17 from 3-point range in the second half (5.9 percent) and could never make a run to get over the hump as North Carolina A&T notched its best win of the season with a 63-57 victory at the Corbett Sports Center.

North Carolina A&T (3-9) never trailed in the second half and held off the Bobcats (9-2) thanks to a big edge at the foul line and on the glass. NCAT hit 26 of 37 free throws on the day — outscoring Ohio 26-6 at the line — and held a 54-31 advantage in rebounding.Ohio shot just 33 percent overall and finished 7 of 37 (18.9 percent) from 3-point range. Of North Carolina A&T’s 54 rebounds, 40 were on the defensive end.

“We had a hard time getting into any rhythm offensively and defensively It was a tough, tough game after Christmas,” Ohio head coach Bob Boldon said.

The loss robbed Ohio of a chance to craft the program’s best-ever record for a non-conference slate of games. The Bobcats begin Mid-American Conference play on Saturday with a 12 p.m. start at MAC East rival Bowling Green.

Senior guard Quiera Lampkins had a game-high 26 points to lead Ohio. She hit 10 of 19 shots from the field, but the rest of the Bobcat roster was just 12 of 47. Lampkins set career highs with eight 3-point attempts and three made 3-pointers. The rest of the Bobcats were 4 of 29 from long range.

Freshman Amani Burke chipped in seven points for Ohio, junior guard Taylor Agler added a season-high seven assists and senior forward Jasmine Weatherspoon finished with three points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Ohio trailed 35-31 at the half, and 51-48 after the third quarter, but never got on track offensively. The Bobcats had just nine fourth-quarter points, a season-low, and failed to score during the first three minutes of the quarter and saw the deficit grow to eight.

“It’s hard to win games when you shot the ball as poorly as we did. We’ll continue to address it,” Boldon said. “Our kids are trying to make shots. I don’t think anyone is deliberately missing shots. They just aren’t going in for us. We’ll get back into the gym tomorrow and work on it headed into our first conference game.”

Ohio was whistled for 27 personal fouls during the game and had three players — forward Hannah Boesinger, Lampkins and Burke — foul out.

Aliyah Kilpatrick had 18 points and seven rebounds for North Carolina A&T, and Kala Green notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The winners hit just 17 field goals on the day and had 25 turnovers, but were able to get points thanks to a big night at the foul line.

In a week’s time, Ohio notched a home win over Illinois — just the fourth victory over a Big Ten team in program history — and dropped a clunker on the road against a two-win club.

The Bobcats get to try to change gears again on Saturday against Bowling Green, which lost at home to Division II Malone on Wednesday.

North Carolina A&T 63, Ohio 57

Ohio 12 19 17 9 — 57

NCAT 16 19 16 12 — 63

OHIO 57 (9-2)

Jasmine Weatherspoon 1 1-4 3, Hannah Boesinger 2 2-4 6, Taylor Agler 1 0-0 2, Quiera Lampkins 10 3-4 26, Yamonie Jenkins 2 0-0 5, Katie Barker 1 0-0 3, Amani Burke 3 0-1 7, Dominique Doseck 1 0-0 3, Kelly Karlis 1 0-0 2, Tmisht Stinson 0 0-0 0, Kendall Jessing 0 0-0 0; TOTALS 22 6-13 57; 3-point goals — 7-37 (Lampkins 3-8, Burke 1-3, Barker 1-4, Jenkins 1-5, Doseck 1-6, Agler 0-5, Weatherspoon 0-3, Boesinger 0-2, Karlis 0-1).

NORTH CAROLINA A&T 63 (3-9)

Quenswayla Story 1 4-4 6, Alexus Lessors 1 2-2 4, Aliyah Kilpatrick 5 7-10 18, Dana Brown 2 2-4 6, Kala Green 4 6-10 15, Shantey Bostick 0 0-0 0, Cinia McCray 0 0-0 0, Whitney Martin 0 2-2 2, Charnise Tyler 2 1-1 5, Le’on Hill 0 0-0 0, Michelle Fitzgerald 2 2-4 7; TOTALS 17 26-37 63; 3-point goals — 3-13 (Fitzgerald 1-1, Green 1-2, Kilpatrick 1-3).

TEAM STATISTICS

Field goal — Ohio 22-66 (.333), 3-point goals 7-37 (.189); NCAT 17-49 (.347), 3-point goals 3-13 (.231); Free throws — Ohio 6-13 (.462), NCAT 26-37 (.703); Rebounds — Ohio 31/8 offensive (Weatherspoon 8), NCAT 54/14 offensive (Green 10); Assists — Ohio 12 (Agler 7), NCAT 8 (Brown 3); Steals — Ohio 15 (Lampkins 4), NCAT 8 (Kilpatrick 4) ; Blocks — Ohio 2 (Weatherspoon 2), NCAT 3 (Brown 2); Turnovers — Ohio 16, NCAT 25; Personal fouls — Ohio 27, NCAT 15; Attendance — 247; Technical fouls — None.


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