GRAYSON, KY - The Lady Trailblazers led for the first 35 minutes of the Mid-East Region Championship on Saturday afternoon, only to see a 19 point first-half lead get erased in a 86-77 loss at Kentucky Christian University. OCU was seeking out their first-ever regional championship in women's basketball.
OCU stole the momentum from the tip as the Blazers opened the game up with a commanding 25-11 lead in the opening ten minutes. A free throw by Shekinah Alexander with 6:53 remaining in the first half, gave Ohio Christian a 32-13 advantage. The 19 point lead would be the biggest of the game for OCU. KCU responded with a 16-7 run to trim their deficit to 10 points heading into halftime. The Trailblazers were in control at the intermission, leading 39-29.
Asia Woodson carried OCU into the second half and pushed the OCU lead back to 16 points on an aggressive drive to the basket for two points with 14:25 remaining in regulation. The basket by Woodson kept the Blazers in front with the score at 53-37.
Over the next 8 minutes, Kentucky Christian would chip away at the OCU lead. A Tanya Bowens layup with 6:19 remaining capped a 30-14 KCU run and knotted up the score at 67-67. Asia Woodson would respond with another basket to give OCU a 69-68 lead with 5:28 remaining in the game, which would prove to be the last time that OCU would lead.
The host Knights would go on to outscore the Blazers 18-8 down the stretch to pull ahead and come away with the 86-77 win. Tanya Bowens led the way for KCU with 35 points.
The Trailblazers are still in the running for an at-large bid to the NCCAA National Tournament. Seeding will be announced during the NCCAA Selection Sunday conference call.