Jan. 7, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio freshman guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Kiyanna had a very strong week for the Bobcats, scoring a game-high 23 points during Ohio's 68-62 win at Xavier on Jan. 5. The freshman shot 50 percent (9-18) from the field, including a very efficient 3-4 clip from beyond the arc. Black connected on both of her free-throw attempts in the win and also pulled down five rebounds while dishing out one assist.
The 23 points scored by Black marked a career high for the freshman, as she more than doubled her season average in leading the Bobcats to their first victory of the 2013 calendar year. This also marked the highest point total by one Bobcat throughout the first 12 games of the season. Her five rebounds in the contest also doubled her season average.
Black's points came at crucial times during Saturday's win. Facing a two-point deficit in the middle stages of the second half, Kiyanna drained a three-pointer from the wing to reclaim the lead for Ohio. This was an advantage the Bobcats would not relinquish during the final 12 minutes of the contest en route to the victory.
Through the first four games of the season, Black was averaging 5.3 points per game and had not yet scored in double figures. In the eight games since, she has bumped her season scoring average up to 11.7 per contest and has scored in double figures on seven occasions.
Ohio will next be in action on Thursday, Jan. 10 against Akron. The Bobcats will host the Zips in their first Mid-American Conference game of the season at 7 p.m. in The Convocation Center.