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Women's Basketball Opens MAC Play Thursday vs. Akron

Ashley Fowler leads the MAC in steals per game, swiping 2.7 each contest

Jan. 9, 2013

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The Last Meeting
February 14, 2012
Akron, Ohio
Benson Reaches 1,000 as Bobcats Fall to Zips
Ohio Women's Basketball dropped Tuesday's game against a tough Akron squad, falling by a final score of 71-65. Senior Tenishia Benson eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in the loss, scoring three more than the necessary 16 to reach the milestone.

ATHENS, Ohio – Following a four-game road trip which saw the Bobcats pick up impressive wins at Marshall and Xavier, Ohio Women’s Basketball returns home for its 2012-13 Mid-American Conference opener. The Bobcats will host the Akron Zips at 7 p.m. on Thursday night in The Convocation Center.

Thursday’s game will be available to fans via a variety of outlets. Fans can watch and listen to the game live by clicking one of the links above. In addition, it will also be broadcast locally on WOUB-AM 1340. Robert Schreier (play-by-play) and Tyler Rosten (color) will be calling the action live from The Convo.

Ohio (5-7) snapped a two-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon, picking up a 68-62 win at Xavier. Three Bobcats scored in double figures and the Green and White committed just seven turnovers while dishing out 13 assists. Ohio shot its third best field-goal percentage of the season in the win, connecting on 26 of 60 attempts to end the game at 43.3 percent.

Thursday’s game will serve as Summer Camp Reunion Night at The Convo. Young basketball players who participated in Ohio Women’s Basketball’s 2012 Summer Camp Series will gain free admission to the game.

A Win on Thursday Would…
Be the 465th win in program history
Be the 238th MAC win in program history
Be the sixth win of the season
Improve the Bobcats to 6-7
Begin Ohio’s second winning streak of the season
Be Ohio’s fourth home win of the season (seventh home game)
Be Ohio’s first MAC win of the season (first MAC game)
Be Ohio’s 35th win over Akron (49th meeting)
Mark Ohio’s second straight 1-0 start in MAC play

Scouting the Zips
Akron enters Thursday’s contest the owner of a 9-4 record. The Zips began the 2012-13 season winning eight of their first 10 games but have dropped two of three since Dec. 15. Akron is coming off of losses to Dayton (90-59), Youngstown State (80-71), and most recently a win over Chicago State (86-45).

Rachel Tecca leads the way offensively for Akron, scoring 19.4 points and pulling down 7.8 rebounds per game. She is followed closely by Hannah Luburgh (16.2 points per game) and Sina King (14.7). Together, these three players are the No. 1, 3, and 4 scorers in the Mid-American Conference as of games played Jan. 7. King is the conference’s second leading rebounder at 8.9 per game.

Akron boasts the league’s highest-scoring offense (76.6 points per game) and the league’s highest shooting percentage (43.6 percent).

Akron lost to Northern Illinois in the second round of last sea­son’s MAC Tournament. The Zips were selected to finish third in the MAC East this season and received one first-place vote.

Ohio – Akron Series History
Thursday’s game will serve as the 49th meeting in the all-time series between Ohio and Akron. The Bobcats hold a very one-sided 34-14 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1976-77 season. At one point in the series, Ohio won 16 straight games against Akron, not losing to the Zips from 2001-08.

Akron has taken four of the last five meetings between the schools, with the programs splitting last season’s series. Ohio won 72-71 in overtime in Athens on Jan. 19 while the Zips claimed a 71-65 victory in Akron on Valentine’s Day 2012.

The Bobcats are 21-4 all-time against Akron in The Convoca­tion Center.

Now That’s a Start!
Ohio played very strong defense in the opening minutes of its Jan. 5 win at Xavier. The Bobcats limited the Musketeers to a mere 25 percent from the field in the first half and a 1-15 clip in the first 11:01.

MAC East Player of the Week
On Jan. 7, Kiyanna Black was named the Mid-American Confer­ence East Division Player of the Week for her 23-point effort during Ohio’s Jan. 5 win at Xavier. The weekly honor was the first of her career and the first earned by a Bobcat this season.

Let Me Take That Off Your Hands
As of games played Jan. 7, Ashley Fowler leads the Mid-American Conference with 2.7 steals per game. This also ranks well nationally, as she is currently No. 86 in all of NCAA Division One basketball in terms of steals per game.

Strong Ratio
Ohio posted an impressive 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio during the win at Xavier. The Bobcats assisted on 13 of 26 field goals while only committing seven miscues.

A Marked Improvement  
Throughout the first four games of the season, fresh­man guard Kiyanna Black was averaging 5.3 points per game and had not yet scored in double figures. In the eight games since, she is now averaging 11.7 per contest and has scored in double figures on seven occasions.

Ms. Consistency
Senior point guard Ashley Fowler has been the model of consistency for the Bobcats this season. The native of Cincinnati, Ohio, has started all 12 games, leads the team in minutes played (415), and has dished out a team-high 41 assists.

Fisher from Downtown!  
Tina Fisher connected on her first three-pointer of the season on Jan. 5 at Xavier. This was the first three-pointer she had made since a Feb. 11, 2012 win over Ball State.