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Western Women's Hoops Clipped by Ohio

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan women's basketball team snapped its two-game winning streak and dropped its first contest at home this season, falling 69-54 to Ohio on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos are now 10-7 overall, 6-1 at home and 3-2 in the Mid-American Conference and hit the road next, playing the next three of their four games in unfamiliar territory.

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"I give Ohio credit, they came in here and totally disrupted us right from the beginning," commented WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "We just didn't have an answer for Hooks in the third quarter and it just steam rolled from there. We have typically not been very good in the third quarter coming out of halftime and we need to figure out what we are doing or what we are not doing."

The Broncos got off to a slow start adding just six points in the first quarter off 3-of-12 shooting and eight turnovers which eventually lead to a six-point deficit at the half. Western Michigan pulled within one with 7:22 on the clock in the third but Ohio used a 10-0 surge that led to a 22-point lead with just under nine minutes to play in the game.

In the fourth, the Broncos were lifted by Wimby, sophomore Kamrin Reed and junior Logan McCane as they each scored six respectively, but it proved to be too little too late for the Brown and Gold as the Bobcats handed WMU its second conference loss. Western Michigan is now 2-2 this season against MAC East members.

Twelve different Broncos logged minutes today but were led mostly in part to junior teammates Deja Wimby and Breanna Mobley. Wimby was all over the statistical board with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks while Mobley notched her eighth consecutive double figure game with 10 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

Defensively the Broncos forced 19 turnovers with 11 steals and six blocks but a poor performance in the third quarter lifted the Bobcats over the Brown and Gold. WMU shot 34.8 percent from the floor in the first half and 42.9 percent for the game but it just wasn't enough as Ohio shot 48.1 percent for the game highlighted by a 66.7 percent fourth quarter.

As a team, WMU grabbed just 25 rebounds compared to 34 from Ohio. The Broncos dished out 15 assists but turned the ball over 17 times and went just 3-of-13 from long range and 9-of-16 from the free-throw line.

Ohio picks ups its first win since Jan. 6 and is now 9-7 overall and 3-2 in the MAC. Cierra Hooks led all players with 22 points including 15 in the third quarter alone.

"This game prepares us for Eastern Michigan because they play very similar to Ohio," noted Clipfell. "Anytime you don't play very well, you expect a big preparation and turnaround for the next game especially when we head to an in-state rival."

WMU returns to the road, playing its next three of the four games away from University Arena. First the Broncos travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., facing Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, Jan. 17 with Akron (Jan. 24) and Central Michigan (Jan. 27) being the other road contests.

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