Athens, OH -- Ohio (22-4, 14-1) increased their win streak to five and their domination of the Mid-American Conference with the 86-52 victory over the Kent State Flashes (5-20, 2-13).
The Bobcats went on a 12-2 run early in the first quarter, and they never looked back. They dominated the offensive boards and the turnover ratio. They had 48 boards and caused 20 turnovers on the night. The ‘Cats led 23-12 at the end of the first quarter. Kent State only got off 10 shots in the first quarter compared to 22 shots from Ohio.
The Golden Flashes could not find their shot at all, shooting 10-24 in the first half. The arc didn't help them either, shooting 1-4 in the first half. They couldn't hold on to the ball, racking up nine turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
The second quarter, again, proved to be stellar for Ohio. The ‘Cats came roaring out of the gate, going on a 17-7 run in the first six minutes of the quarter. Kent State put up just another 13 shots in the second quarter, and they couldn't get anything going offensively. The Flashes couldn't shut down the explosive Ohio offense. Ohio led at the end of the half 47-29.
Kent State started to bring pressure at the end of the first half, but they just couldn't close the deal or shut down Kiyanna Black, Lexie Baldwin, or Hannah Boesinger, who combined for 33 of Ohio's 47 first half points. The Golden Flashes had no control over the boards with Ohio leading the rebound stat line, 23-15 at the end of the half. It was total domination from the start for Ohio, and it continued for the rest of the contest.
Ohio stayed strong coming out of the locker room, going on a 17-4 run in the first five and a half minutes of the third quarter. The four points from Kent State came from the charity stripe. Their first, second half field goal didn't come until the 3:15 mark of the third quarter. Ohio ended the third quarter, leading 74-41.
The fourth quarter proved to be the same for Ohio as they cranked out the 86-52 win. Black, Boesinger, Baldwin and Quiera Lampkins racked up a double-digit game. Black put up 19 points, 12 being from the three point line. Boesinger cranked out 15 points, shooting 77 percent from the field on the night. Baldwin put up 14 points and eight boards. Lampkins finished out the group with 12 points and seven assists.
Kent State's leading scorer in Jordan Korinek was limited to just 18 points all game, eight of those coming from the free-throw line. The only other double-digit scorer was Chelsi Watson with 11 points and seven boards. Overall, the Golden Flashes shot 16-53 from the field and only 14 percent from the arc.
Ohio will look to get redemption of their only conference loss when they host Buffalo on Saturday, Feb 27th at 1 pm. Kent State will look to snap their three-game losing streak when they host Akron on Saturday, Feb. 27th at 2 pm.