WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Despite a season-high 17 points from Taylor Agler, the Ohio women's basketball team (5-4) would be unable to overcome Furman (8-3), falling to the Paladins, 70-68 during the first day of the West Palm Invitational in West Palm Beach, Fla.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
After Furman opened the game to a 2-0 lead early on, Burke would hit Ohio's first three of the game to give the Bobcats a 3-2 lead with 8:37 left in the first quarter. Furman would then go on an 8-0 run to take a 10-3 lead at the 7:04 mark.
Ohio would cut the lead to 13-9 with a three from Agler and another from Burke at the 5:13 mark and then a few minutes later, Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) would also hit a three to cut the lead to 16-13.
However, Furman would take a nine-point lead with 1:28 left, and Burke would connect on a layup at the end of the quarter to cut the score to 24-17 after one quarter of play.
In the second quarter, Ohio would cut the Paladin lead to 30-26 at the 6:17 mark after another made three from Agler. Furman would however go up by nine with 2:17 left, but with the help of three points from Hooks, Ohio would cut the lead to 40-35 going into the half.
At the half, Agler led the Bobcats with 12 points, while Burke added 10.
Ohio would cut the Furman lead to three at the start of the third quarter when Doseck was able to connect on a layup. Furman would then go on a 6-0 run to take a 46-37 lead before Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) hit a jumper to made the score 46-39.
With 3:37 left in the quarter, Hooks would make a layup and be fouled, hitting the free throw, and would cut the lead to 51-47. Moments later, Hooks would then get another layup at the 3:12 make, cutting the Furman lead to two points. Furman would then go on a 5-1 run to close out the quarter, giving Furman the 56-50 lead.
The Bobcats would come out strong in the fourth quarter and would open the quarter with a three from Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.). Then after a layup from Agler, Ohio would cut the lead to 59-58 with 8:08 left in the quarter.
Ohio would take its first lead since the first quarter a few minutes later when Agler drained another three, putting Ohio ahead 61-60 with 6:52 left.
Furman would retake the lead and then Burke would hit another three to put Ohio ahead by two and the 4:17 mark. Furman would retake the lead on free throw at the 3:43 mark, but a layup from Hooks would give Ohio the one-point lead with 3:20 left.
The Bobcats would lead the final three minutes of the game before Furman would be able to capitalize on a three pointer with .7 seconds left, taking a 70-68 lead. Ohio would be able to get the final shot off, but it would not connect, and the Bobcats would fall by the final of 70-68.
Agler finished the day with a season-high 17 points, while dishing out five assists. Burke finished the day with 16 points, going 4-of-9 from the three-point range. Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and Barker both led the team in rebounds with five each.
Burke hit a season-high four three-pointers. Agler also hit season highs in field goals made (6) and three-point field goals made (3).
Overall, Ohio was 25-of-61 (.410) from the field, 10-of-35 (.286) from three-point range and 8-of-16 (.500) from the free throw line.
Overall, the Bobcats were outrebounded 40-27. However, Ohio dished out 13 assists and had three steals.
The Bobcats forced Furman to turn the ball over 21 times and scored 20 points off of those turnovers. 10 of Furman's miscues came by Bobcat steals.
Overall, Furman went 23-of-50 (.460) from the field, 8-of-17 (.471) from three-point range and 16-of-21 (.762) from the free throw line. Furman dished out nine assists and forced Ohio to turn the ball over eight times.
Ohio is now 0-2 all-time against Furman.
"It's a tough way to lose a game, but we have to re-group for a quick turnaround tomorrow against Virginia. I liked our effort down the stretch to give ourselves a chance, but we fell short. We'll look at the film tonight and adjust some things so we can get better from this. We haven't had this quick of a turnaround all year, so I'm hoping we can regain our focus quickly."
The Bobcats will wrap up play at the 2017 West Palm Invitational Sunday, Dec. 17 when the Bobcats take on Virginia. Tip-off is set for 3:15 p.m.