After ending regulation tied up at 48, Ohio University women’s basketball team (2-0) scored 16 points in the extra session to beat Morehead State University (2-2) 64-56 Saturday night in Morehead, Kentucky.
Leading the way for the Bobcats were sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin and junior guard Mariah Byard. Baldwin had a career high 19 points along with six rebounds on 5-7 shooting from the field and 8-10 shooting from the free throw line. Byard finished with 3 threes and three points from the free throw line to end up with 12 points.
In Saturday’s overtime win, after being tied up at 52, Ohio used a 12-4 run to separate themselves from the Eagles. Byard’s five points and Kat Yelle’s four huge free throws helped the Bobcats prevail. Ohio got the better of Morehead State in overtime for the second straight year. Last year, the Bobcats won in overtime 79-72 on December 9.
Though Morehead State outshot Ohio from the field, the Bobcats outshot the Eagles at the free throw line. Morehead State took 18 more shots than Ohio from the field, but Ohio won the free throw battle, going 20-32 compared to Morehead State’s 10-15.
The win marked the first time in Ohio’s history since 2006-07 they started 2-0. The Bobcats will look to continue their strong start against Louisville on Thursday at 7 p.m.