CMU women's basketball falls to Ohio 77-63

Central Michigan's junior guard Karrington Gordon, center, drives to the basket during a game against Ohio on Wednesday, Jan. 24 in McGuirk Arena. Gordon scored 14 points and had four rebounds. (Marie Underwood | CM-Life)

Despite a strong win in double overtime on Wednesday against Miami (Ohio), the Central Michigan women's basketball team ended its chance for a winning streak in a 77-63 loss against Ohio University on Saturday. 

Starting slowly, the Chippewas only completed eight shots to Ohio's 15 in the first quarter, shooting only 15%. CMU would be outscored again by the Bobcats in the second quarter 26-17. 

Despite falling behind in the first half, the Chippewas exploded in the third quarter, holding Ohio to only 15 points. However, they would fall again in the fourth by six points. 

Leading in points again was freshman guard Tamara Ortiz with 16 along with seven rebounds. She went on to shoot 4-for-11 from beyond the arc, leading in three-pointers. Following Ortiz was guard Karrington Gordon with 12 points and five rebounds. 

Turnovers continue to negatively affect the Chippewas as they had 29 in the game, leading to 34 points being scored by the Bobcats off CMU turnovers. Junior Capria Brown, who previously hit a record high of 22 points, led with seven turnovers, four coming in the first quarter. 

However, the Chippewas had 50 total rebounds, 18 being offensive and 32 being defensive. Leading in rebounds was sophomore guard Madisen Wardell, Brown and Ortiz all with seven. 

CMU continues to ride in 11th place in the standings and holds a record of 6-20 overall and 4-11 in conference play. 

While the season winds down, the team's chances of making the Mid-American Conference (MAC) narrow. Remaining on the road going into the week, the Chippewas will look to close out their season back in Mount Pleasant next Saturday to celebrate the seniors.

CMU will travel to play fourth-ranked Buffalo on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in hopes of ending the season on a high note.