The OCU women's basketball team traveled to Cincinnati on Tuesday in a battle for the #2 seed in the NCCAA Mid-East region. Ohio Christian defeated Cincinnati Christian in December by one point, but CCU was looking for revenge. The game started out close, but OCU was able to pull away to a 12 point lead at the half. Junior forward Rosalyn Fleming went down mid-way through the first half with an ankle injury. The second half was a close battle, and the Lady Blazers had to overcome foul trouble and injury to pull out the win. Junior point guard Ande Renihan, the nation's assist leader, fouled out of the game with 8 minutes remaining. But OCU rallied back and went on a late run to defeat the Lady Eagles 80-62.
The Lady Blazers were led in scoring by Brenda Carter, the nation's scoring leader, with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Renihan totaled 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists before she fouled out. Sophomore guard Angela Thorne dominated the boards with 18 rebounds and 13 points. Freshman guard Jasmine Howell also pulled down 10 rebounds. "I told the girls before the game that the team that won on the boards would win the game, and they stepped up to that challenge. We totaled 63 rebounds for the game, which was a season high for us. CCU is a very athletic team and pressured us the whole game. I am very proud of the way our girls responded and played hard for the entire 40 minutes."
OCU (17-5 overall, 4-2 region) has two regular season games left this week, facing College of Mount St Joseph and Lorain County Community College. Next Friday, the Lady Blazers will travel to Grayson, Kentucky for the NCCAA Mid-East Regional Tournament, where they will have the #2 seed.