CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Lady Trailblazers grounded the Golden Eagles of Cincinnati Christian University on Saturday evening, leaving no doubt in a 74-55 win. The win evened up the season series with CCU at 1-1 after CCU took the first game of the series in Cincinnati. OCU was able to avenge that loss on Saturday night by picking up their second win of the season against an NAIA program.
OCU pulled away in the second half after both teams played back and forth for the first 20 minutes. The Blazers headed into halftime with a 32-30 advantage. Defense and roster depth would prove to be the difference in the second half as OCU would build a double digit lead before pulling away for good. Ohio Christian went deep to their bench to fuel their second half run as 12 different players saw action in the contest.
The OCU defense swarmed the Golden Eagles on Saturday evening, limiting their rival to 55 points while forcing 26 turnovers. Trailblazer defenders swiped a total of 16 steals in the game compared to just 5 for Cincinnati Christian. CCU did win the battle of the boards by a 38-26 but OCU held a 14 to 9 advantage on offensive rebounds.
Freshman guard Maddie Joseph (Olentangy Orange HS) scored a game high 19 points in the win to pace the Trailblazers offense. Shekina Alexander provided a big boost with 17 points, 5 steals, and 5 assists in the win. Brittany Rucker added 9 points while Te-Asia Smith tallied 8 points.
OCU is back in action on December 30th when they travel north to John Carroll University for a 2:00 PM game.