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Bobcats Begin New Year at Xavier Saturday

Lexie Baldwin recorded her first career double-double on Dec. 21 in just her 11th game as a Bobcat

Jan. 3, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball begins the New Year with its fourth straight road game Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats will travel west to take on the Xavier Musketeers at 2 p.m. The game will serve as Ohio’s final non-conference contest of the 2012-13 season.

Saturday’s game will be available to fans via Gametracker and on the radio. Fans in Athens can catch the game on WOUB-AM 1340 beginning 15 minutes before tipoff time. Rob Schreier will be calling all of the action live from The Cintas Center in Cincinnati. The game will also be available via the ‘listen live’ link at the top of the page.

In their last outing, the Bobcats fell at Long Island-Brooklyn by a final score of 63-54. Ohio trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half and would earn a 33-23 scoring advantage in the second half, but it would not be enough, as the Blackbirds handed the Bobcats their second straight loss. The Bobcats forced 31 turnovers in the loss, but were ultimately undone by Brooklyn’s 48.1 percent shooting from the field and 36 points in the paint.

A Win on Saturday Would…
Be the 464th win in program history
Be the fifth win of the season
Improve the Bobcats to 5-7
Be Ohio’s fifth win over Xavier (sixth meeting)
Be Ohio’s fifth straight win over Xavier
Be Ohio’s first win at Xavier since 1991
Be Ohio’s second road win of the season (fifth road game)

Scouting the Musketeers
Xavier enters Saturday’s contest the owner of a 6-7 record. The Musketeers most recently lost to Virginia (54-45) in the championship game of the Cavalier Classic. Xavier began the season with six straight home games and has posted a 4-4 mark at the Cintas Center to this point in the season.

Amber Gray and Shatyra Hawkes lead the way offensively for the Musketeers, scoring 10.5 and 10.2 points, respectively. Xavier has enjoyed a balanced scoring effort during the 2012-13 season, as five of its players average at least 8.2 points per game. Lakeisha Crouch is the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 6.8 boards per game.

Xavier was picked to finish 10th of 16 Atlantic 10 teams in this season’s conference poll.

Ohio - Xavier Series History
Saturday’s game will be the sixth all-time meeting between Ohio and Xavier. The Bobcats hold a 4-1 lead in the series which has its roots in the 1989-90 season. Since losing at Xavier (80-60) on Dec. 16, 1989, Ohio has won four straight games against the Musketeers, including a double-overtime thriller (80-75) in last season’s Duel in the Desert Tournament in Las Vegas.

Second Half Spark
Ohio started the second half of its game at LIU Brooklyn on a tear, forcing six Blackbird turnovers to help begin the frame on a 6-0 run. The Bobcats would ultimately outscore the hosts by a 33-23 margin in the final 20 minutes of the game.

Quality Turnover Margin
Ohio currently ranks second in the Mid-American Conference with a turnover margin of +3.0 per game. The Bobcats only trail Toledo’s mark of +5.0.

Defense Forces Mistakes
The Bobcats collected 12 steals and forced 31 LIU Brooklyn turnovers on Dec. 21. This was the highest number of turnovers forced by the Green and White this season, beating the prior mark of 26 set against Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 6.

Conference Play Approaches
Saturday’s game at Xavier will be Ohio’s final non-conference game of the 2012-13 season. The Bobcats will open Mid-American Conference play at home against Akron on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.

Freshman Double-Double
Freshman forward Lexie Baldwin recorded her first double-double on Dec. 21 at LIU Brooklyn. The native of Hattiesburg, Miss., scored a career-high 10 points while collecting a career-high 13 rebounds.

Welcome Back, Kat!
Sophomore point guard Kat Yelle appeared in her third game of the 2012-13 season at LIU-Brooklyn on Dec. 21. She played a season-high seven minutes and scored one point in Ohio’s game against the Blackbirds.