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Quiera Lampkins (5) goes up for a layup against UT Martin in the Convocation Center on November 18th, 2016 MATT STARKEY

Women's Basketball: Lampkins scores 26, Ohio falls in final nonconference game to NC A&T

Out of halftime, Ohio only had four players with a field goal; Quiera Lampkins, Amanie Burke, Dominic Doseck and Katie Barker — only one starter. 

Yamonie Jenkins started to heat up early in the third quarter and Hannah Boesinger followed suit as Ohio clawed within three points of North Carolina A&T to close the quarter.

Then Ohio went ice-cold in the fourth quarter. 

The Bobcats didn't get a point until the 5:32 mark and a field goal until 3:38 left in the game. Ohio fell to North Carolina A&T 63-57 at the Corbett Sports Center.

Scoring droughts had been a trend for Ohio through out most of the game. In the third quarter, Ohio went five and a half minutes without a basket. 

"We had a hard time getting into any kind of rhythm offensively and defensively," coach Bob Boldon said after the game. 

Not being able to get into a rhythm was largely due to the fact that Ohio had Boesinger, Weatherspoon and Lampkins on the floor with three fouls through three quarters of the game. 

Up until about halfway through the second quarter, Lampkins and Burke were the only ones to score a basket for Ohio up through the halfway point in the quarter; he had no choice but to keep Lampkins in the game. She finished with 26 points, seven of them in the fourth quarter. 

Boesinger and Weatherspoon also had to play while in foul trouble because they are the two true inside players for Ohio. Kelly Karlis played, but her limited were minimal as she's coming off of a foot injury. 

Despite foul trouble and Lampkins' 26-point performance, the Ohio defense was the other spotlight of the game. Ohio forced 25 Aggie turnovers. But, offensively, Ohio just couldn't find a way to score off those turnovers. 

Within the first 10 minutes of the game, Ohio looked like it would jump out to an early lead over NC A&T. Ohio had forced nearly 10 turnovers, as well as bad shots from the Aggies. Offensively, Ohio used Burke and Lampkins to help build a lead. 

For Boldon and his team, it was the end to a strong non-conference schedule. It mananged to get nine wins and two losses, though this final loss stings. 

What his team must learn from its two losses is that it has to be able to turn defense into offense. Against Michigan, Ohio shot 22 percent from inside three and 13 percent behind the arc. 

In that same game, Ohio scored just 13 points off of 25 turnovers and allowed 16 second chance points from 23 offensive rebounds. 

Those numbers are similar to the loss against NC A&T. Ohio shot a mere 19 percent from the 3-point line and allowed 11 second-chance points off of 14 offensive rebounds. Though Ohio did force 25 turnovers, it scored just 17 points off of them. 

Ohio has just three days to fix its offensive inconsistency as it opens Mid-American Conference play on Dec. 31 against Bowling Green to close out the 2016 calendar year. Tip-off is at 12 p.m. at the Stroh Center. 


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