ATHENS, OHIO – The Ohio University women’s basketball team took on the Buffalo Bulls on Saturday, and lost by a score of 56-35. The Bobcats suffered their 11th loss of the season in Mid-American Conference play, this one coming at home on Senior Night. Junior guard Shavon Robinson led Ohio with 12 points, while sophomore guard Sloane Walton paced Buffalo with 14.
While Ohio did end up losing by 21, there was a point in the second half where the game seemed within reach. With the lead under ten, the Bobcats missed six straight free throws; much to the chagrin of fifth-year head coach Semeka Randall.
“Anytime you step up there and have an opportunity with nobody around you, just an opportunity with nobody really around you who is trying to contest your shot, it just really you and the basket. That’s your opportunity to take advantage of that,” she said.
The first half saw the Bobcats shoot a putrid 5-of-28 from the field, good for 17.9 percent. “They are wider, they’re longer, their strength are their post players and I thought, in the beginning it affected our shot selection,” said Randall.
Senior forward Tina Fisher agreed. “It just didn’t seem in sync. Our offense seemed like it was kinda scattered,” she said.
Robinson was the lone Bobcat to shoot well in the first half. The junior from Canton, Ohio was 3-for-3 from the field in the first half. She attributed her success to being confident.
“I was just pretty confident out there, so that’s why I thought shots were flowing for me,” she said.
The Bobcats were also outrebounded 26 to 18 in the first half by Buffalo. In an earlier matchup against the Bulls, Ohio gave up 61 rebounds in a 73-36 loss.
In the second half, the Bobcats played better – shooting 12.1 percent better from the field. But that 30.0 percent shooting still could not bring them back from the large deficit. Buffalo shot 45.5 percent from the field in the second half and also shot 54.5 percent from behind the arc.
The Bobcats struggles may have had something to do with Buffalo’s unique 3-2 zone defense.
“We came out and I think it was something new. We haven’t really seen a 3-2. Not saying we don’t know what to do when we see that, but I just think we weren’t really in sync with one another. We were running sets, but they took some our options away” she said.
The lone statistical category the ‘Cats had an advantage in was turnovers. For the game, Ohio committed 14 turnovers, while Buffalo committed 19.
For Fisher and fellow seniors Ashley Fowler and Symone Lyles, this was their second to last game at the convo. Their last will be against Ohio’s biggest rival, the Miami RedHawks, on March 6.
For Fisher, these past four years, capped off by senior night, have been a blur.
“It was really exciting to remember the past four years,” Fisher said. “It has gone quick.”
The Bobcats will next travel to take on the Akron Zips on February 28. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.