Women’s Basketball: Ohio pummels Wofford in home opener

After opening up the season with an 111-60 victory over Murray State, the Ohio Bobcats responded with another offensive clinic, beating the visiting Wofford Terriers, 84-37.

Ohio started out hot and stayed hot the entire game. Starting shooting guard Kiyanna Black began the game with seven of Ohio’s first nine points, as Ohio jumped out to an early 11-3 before Wofford took its first timeout.

Ohio kept the pedal down on Wofford for the remainder of the first half, forcing 15 turnovers, which resulted in 23 points for Ohio. The Bobcats took a 42-17 lead into intermission with Black leading the scoring with 16.

The second half was more of the same for the Green and White, matching their first half total in points and forcing 13 more turnovers. Jasmine Weatherspoon led the way in the second half with nine points for Ohio.

Ohio (2-0) once again came out and had a great day shooting the basketball. It shot 46 percent from the field, and 43 percent from 3-point range. Four Bobcats finished with double-digit points. Kiyanna Black led the way once again for Ohio, after a 25-point performance in the victory over Murray State, Black led the Bobcats with 21 points in the home opener.

When asked if she thought the offense would click this well, Black responded with, “Not surprised, we’ve been putting in a lot of work since the summer and it is showing on the court through two games.”

Freshman Kelly Karlis turned in a good game in her home debut, shooting a perfect 4-4 from the field, which included a perfect three-for-three from 3-point range. She finished with 13 points and three rebounds.

“It felt great to get out there and I’m happy with my performance,” Karlis said. “There was a lot of pressure coming into this one, but the pressure just helps me not to think too much and just play ball.”

“Kelly’s a good basketball player,” Ohio coach Bob Boldon said. “What we got from her tonight is what we were looking for when we recruited her.”

Fellow guard Quiera Lampkins put in a good game as well, scoring 16 points and adding five rebounds.

“In my eyes, we have two very good point guards,” Boldon said. “We let them use their athleticism and we’re not afraid to get them tired.”

Ohio has been stellar defensively so far this season, forcing 47 turnovers in two games.

“We’ve been good at getting after the ball, getting our hands up and collecting loose balls,” Boldon said. “We saw on tape Wofford ran a particular play in their last game against Xavier and we were able to sniff out that play as it developed.”

Wofford was led by point guard Sarah Traynor, who was the only Terrier to reach double-digit points, finishing with a team-high 12.

Up next for Ohio is another home game Thursday, as it welcomes in the 1-1 Detroit Titans. Ohio will try to start 3-0 for the first time since 2008.

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