After falling in the first round of the MAC tournament and earning a bid in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, the Ohio women’s basketball team (26-6) punched their ticket to the Sweet 16 after wins over Marshall and Virginia Tech in the first two rounds.
The Bobcats welcomed in the visiting Hokies (18-14) to the Convocation Center on Sunday, fresh off a 76-68 victory over Marshall at the same venue on Thursday in the first round of the WNIT.
Kiyanna Black nailed a three-pointer just 20 seconds into the contest and Ohio never looked back, keeping the lead for all four quarters.
Ohio shot 41 percent in the first two quarters, leading them to a double-digit lead at halftime.
Virginia Tech was able to cut their deficit to just four points (42-38) in the third quarter, but an 8-0 run by the ‘Cats to end the period increased their advantage to 12 going into the fourth.
The final period was the only one where the Hokies outscored the hometown Bobcats, but it was little to late as Ohio cruised to a seven-point win, 64-57.
With the victory, Ohio improved to 13-1 at home this season.
Junior guard Quiera Lampkins shot 10 of 17 from the field and hit all six of her free-throw attempts to lead all scorers with 26. She would add eight defensive rebounds, too.
Sidney Cook led Virginia Tech with 22 points and 10 rebounds, the lone Hokie to record a double-double.
Ohio will now hit the road for their Sweet-16 contest against the Temple Owls on Thursday in Philadelphia, PA. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.