CLEVELAND, OHIO – The No. 5 Ohio women's basketball team (16-15) dropped a hard-fought battle to the fourth-seeded Miami (21-9) in the Mid-American Conference Quarterfinals, 69-66 Wednesday afternoon inside Quicken Loans Arena.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
The Bobcats opened the scoring with a layup from Agler, followed by back-to-back three pointers from Doseck and Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.), giving Ohio an early 8-0 lead with 8:06 left in the first. After Miami finally got on the board, back-to-back layups from Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) and Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) would put Ohio up 10 with 7:04 left.
A 12-2 run from Miami would cut the Bobcat lead to 14-13 with 2:58 left in the quarter, before a fast break layup from Agler would put Ohio up three again. Miami would tie the game on a three-pointer moments later, before two free throws gave Miami their first lead of the game.
Doseck would then take the ball down the court and drain a three to give Ohio the 19-18 lead, however, Miami would get a layup with seven second left to give the RedHawks a 20-19 lead after the first quarter.
Miami would open the second quarter by taking a three-point lead, before a three-pointer from Doseck tied the game at 22-22. Another three from Agler would put Ohio up 25-22 with 8:02 left in the quarter. After the RedHawks would pull the game within one, the Bobcats would go on a 9-4 run, giving them a 34-26 lead with 5:48 left.
With 3:32 left, another three from Doseck would put Ohio up nine, but Miami would go on a 7-0 lead before Barker would hit a three with 42 seconds left to put Ohio up 40-35. Miami would be able to get a layup at the end of the quarter, giving Ohio a 40-37 lead going into the half.
At the half, Doseck led with 15 points, while the Bobcats shot .600 from three-point range and .455 from the field.
Miami would tie the game up at 43-43 with 7:35 left in the third, before a layup from Agler gave Ohio the lead again. Throughout the rest of the quarter, Ohio and Miami would trade baskets, with the game being tied three more times during the third quarter, until a layup from Agler at the buzzer would give the Bobcats a 55-52 lead at the end of the third.
Miami would take a 56-55 lead with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter and would go on a 6-0 run before Burris registered a layup with 6:49 left to cut the Miami lead to 58-57. The RedHawks would then take a seven-point lead with 5:18 remaining before Agler would hit a free throw and a layup to cut the score to 65-60.
With 3:58 remaining, Barker would drain a deep three to cut the Miami lead to two, before a layup from the RedHawks would put them back up four with 3:14 left. With 2:51 left, Agler would register another two points and Burris would hit a free throw to cut the Miami lead to one point with 58 seconds left.
Then with seven seconds remaining, the Bobcats would miss a three and Miami would hit two free throws, putting them up 69-66 with three seconds left. The Bobcats would get the ball back and Ohio's three-point attempt as the buzzer sounded would not fall, and the Bobcats would drop the heartbreaker, 69-66.
Agler tied her career-high with 18 points, going 7-of-12 from the field, 1-of-2 from three and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She also grabbed three rebounds, dished out five assists and had two steals in 40 minutes.
Doseck added 17 points, going 5-of-13 from the field, 4-of-8 from three and 3-of-3 from the free throw line.
Barker added nine points, going 3-of-5 from three and Burris and Burke both had eight points.
Overall, the Bobcats were 24-of-62 (.387) from the field, 10-of-22 (.455) from three-point range and 8-of-13 from the free throw line.
Overall, Ohio grabbed 30 rebounds, dished out eight assists, had three blocks and 11 steals.
The Bobcats forced Miami to turn the ball over 16 times and scored 16 points off of them. The Bobcats also scored 28 points in the paint.
For Miami, Lauren Dickerson scored 23 points, while Savannah Kluesner scored 18 points.
As a team, Miami went 23-of-56 (.411) from the field, 4-of-15 (.267) from three-point range and 19-of-24 (.792) from the free throw line.
Miami grabbed 44 rebounds, dished out 11 assists, had one block and four steals. Miami also scored 32 points in the paint and 13 points off of turnovers.
The Bobcats fell in the quarterfinals for the third-straight year.
Ohio is now 20-30 all-time in MAC Tournament games and 5-17 overall in quarterfinal games.
"Knowing that this was my last year, I wanted to try to make a positive impact on everybody, especially the freshmen. I know your freshman year's really important and your seniors can impact your freshman year in your college career a lot depending on how they treat you and what they tell you, how they build you up with confidence. I think my biggest thing this year was just to try to be a positive leader. I know there's lots of ways to lead, there's different ways people believe in leading, but I've always believed in positive leadership and making sure everyone knows on my team how great they are." – Taylor Agler
"If you're saying they gave us layups and we shot layups, then I guess we didn't make the layups, I guess that would be the answer to that question. I don't know. We were a little bit stagnant. If you're looking for why we didn't produce better shots, our movement was a little bit slow, we were a little sloppy with our screening. I didn't think I thought our movement, our actual movement in the second half was better than our movement in the first half but I didn't think our movement in the first half was real good either. It was good at the start and we got a little sloppy with our screening action, and we got a little stagnant but your offense will always look better when shots go in, and they went in more of them went in in the first half than in the second half, I believe, which made us look a little better offensively. Then we got to the foul line and we missed a couple of those and couldn't capitalize, but I would say the pace of our screening on offensive was our biggest detriment." – Bob Boldon
"It's as good as it's ever been. The conference RPIs are up across the board from top to bottom. It's a very good conference, it's always a been a very good conference and the competition level's high. I think we learned that. We had some ups and we had some downs, and we beat some good teams and we lost to some teams that we wish we wouldn't have, and I think that's often indicative of a young team. Hopefully next year we won't be a young team, that won't be us because we have these experiences and hopefully we're intelligent enough to learn from these experiences." - Bob Boldon
The Bobcats will await their postseason fate on Monday, March 12 with the release of the WNIT field.