ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball kept up its strong start to the 2011-12 season on Saturday, picking up a 65-37 win over the visiting Chicago State Cougars. Four Bobcats scored in double figures during the contest, improving the team to 3-1 on the season. This 3-1 start is the program's best start since the 2006-07 campaign in which the Green and White began 5-0.
Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) scored a career-high 12 points in the victory, shooting 4-of-9 from the floor and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Her teammates also did a great job making their opportunities count from the charity stripe, as the Bobcats shot 12-of-13 (92.3 percent) from the line. Ohio did a great job of distributing the ball around the court throughout the contest, accumulating a season-high 16 assists on 23 baskets (69.5 percent).
Freshmen Mariah Byard (Mannington, W.Va.) and Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Erin Bailes rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points of her own.
Ohio played a very effective first half, shooting well from the field while playing stingy defense to gain a 32-18 lead. The Bobcats connected on 12-of-29 field goals in the first half to shoot 41.4 percent, including 3-of-9 (33 percent) from three-point distance. This was done while the Green and White forced 12 Cougar turnovers and only allowed the visitors to shoot 7-of-28 (25 percent) from the floor.
Three Bobcats scored at least six points in the first period, with Alesia Howard (Columbus, Ohio), Fisher and Bailes tied for the team lead. Janay Dockery had a solid first 20 minutes for the visitors, scoring 10 points and grabbing four rebounds.
The Cougars (0-6) crept back into the game when they were down 45-20, rattling off a 10-0 run to pull within 15 points at the 9:56 mark of the second half. Ohio re-claimed its rhythm just moments later, going on a 12-2 run over the next 3:12 to put the game out of reach for good.
Ohio's three-game win streak is the longest in Head Coach Semeka Randall's career. It is also the longest winning streak that the program has been on since Feb. 24 - Mar. 4, 2007.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Wednesday, Nov. 30 when they host UNC-Wilmington. The start time for this game is 11:30 a.m. and it will be Middle School Day 2011. This game will conclude Ohio's four-game November home stand.