HPU Women’s Basketball Panthers fall to Bobcats in season opener, 76-48

• Sophomore Lindsey Edwards led the Panthers tallying 11 points and recorded a career-high seven rebounds during the matchup.
• Sophomore Shea Morgan also registered a new career high with 11 rebounds.
• The Panthers will return to action on Thursday, Nov. 17th in the Millis Center to take on Brevard College at 7 p.m.

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s basketball team dropped its season opener to the Ohio University Bobcats, 76-48, in the Millis Center during Sunday afternoon’s matchup.

Sophomore Lindsey Edwards paced the Panthers’ offense recording 11 points and a career-high seven rebounds in 26 minutes of playing time against the Bobcats.

“It was encouraging seeing our team end on a 23-11 run, which can translate to a lot of positives. I’m waiting for us to put together forty minutes and our history shows that we give up long runs,” head coach DeUnna Hendrix said. “We didn’t get stops and if we can’t defend we just aren’t very good. It’s very encouraging to end the game as we did, but we have to get back in and get some work done.”

Senior Kaylah Keys contributed nine points to the total along with sophomore Kat Harris’ eight-point outing.

Behind, sophomore Shea Morgan’s career-high 11 boards, HPU notched a 42-38 rebound margin over the Bobcats.

The Panthers won the turnover battle 23-22 thanks to 14 steals as Keys and freshman Camryn Brown racked up four each.

In the contest, High Point posted nine assists on 16 field goals with sophomore Emma Bockrath leading the way with three.

After the Bobcats opened the scoring, Hatfield responded with a jumper at the 7:29 mark to give the Purple & White a 3-2 lead. However, the Bobcats answered to open up a 16-10 lead before the Panthers closed the quarter with three free throws (16-13).

In the second quarter, Ohio tallied a 15-0 run to build a 31-13 lead (6:25). However, Keys stopped the Bobcat run with a jumper at the 5:54 mark (31-15). Likewise, Harris and Bockrath tallied two points apiece to finish the quarter 49-19.

Following the break, McGlashan started off the scoring for the Purple & White with a successful jumper (21-50, 7:59). Later, Edwards and Keys wrapped up the scoring in the third frame to record another five points for the Panthers to finish the third quarter 65-30.

HPU posted a 5-0 run over the Bobcats in the first three minutes of play in the final frame (36-65, 7:23). Edwards and Brown recorded four points in the final six minutes of the match, as the Panthers fell 76-48.

The squad returns to the Millis Center on Thursday evening to take on the Brevard College Tornadoes at 7 p.m.