CINCINNATI, OH - Ohio Christian jumped out to an early lead at Cincinnati Christian University on Tuesday night, but fell victim to shooting woes in the second half as OCU was edged out 69-57 to their NAIA rival.
Asia Woodson fueled an offensive assault for OCU in the first half which gave the Blazers a boost. Woodson reached double figures in the first frame, going 2 of 2 from the three point line and finishing with a team high 17 points in the contest. After trailing by one point with the score at 18-19, Ohio Christian rallied for a 15-9 run to close the first half and take the lead. The Blazers headed into the intermission in command with a five point advantage, leading 33-28 at the break.
The second half was a different story as the host Golden Eagles found their offensive rhythm while the Trailblazers began to struggle to put the ball in the basket. Ohio Christian struggled from the field as CCU took the lead and went ahead by double digits late in the game to win 69-57.
The Trailblazers shot 22 of 70 in the game for 31.4% and went 6 of 28 from three point range for 21.4%. Cincinnati Christian shot 25 of 56 from the field for 44.7% while shooting 1 of 5 from three point range for 20%. CCU won the battle of the boards 37-34. Maritza Will led OCU on the glass with a game-high 12 rebounds.
OCU then took on NCAA Division II Shaw University on Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina. OCU had some solid individual performances from Maddie Joseph (16 points), Asia Woodson (19 points), and Maritza Will (13 points, 17 rebounds) but were unable to keep pace with the fast paced team from Shaw.
OCU managed to score 70 points in the game but was outpaced by Shaw who scored 107 to take the victory. OCU is back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Cleveland, Ohio to take on Notre Dame College (OH).