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Bobcats to Battle with Bulls Sunday Afternoon

Ohio's Lexie Baldwin

Jan. 12, 2013

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The Last Meeting
February 25, 2012
Buffalo, N.Y.
Ohio Denied Season Sweep at Buffalo, 61-56
Ohio Women's Basketball dropped a hard-fought contest at Buffalo on Saturday, losing to the Bulls by a final score of 61-56. The Bobcats put together a strong performance but were bested by a tremendous second half from Buffalo's Brittany Hedderson, who scored 18 points, 16 of which came in the second frame.

ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball continues Mid-American Conference play this Sunday, taking to the road for the first time in league play to meet up with the Buffalo Bulls. The game will tip off at 2 p.m. from Alumni Arena in Amherst, N.Y.

Sunday’s game will be available to fans via a live stat link and on the radio. Fans in Athens can catch the game on WOUB-AM 1340 beginning with a pregame show 15 minutes prior to tipoff time. Rob Schreier (play-by-play) and Tyler Rosten (color) will be calling all of the action live from Amherst. The game will also be available via the ‘listen live’ link at the top of the page.

In their last outing, the Bobcats fell to a strong Akron team by a final score of 81-54. Ohio held an early 16-15 lead eight minutes into the first half but was undone by a 31-6 run by the visitors which eventually saw them through to a 24-point halftime lead. Junior guard Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) led the Bobcats with 10 points in the game. Akron received double-digit scoring efforts from Hanna Luburgh (21 points), Rachel Tecca (18), and Sina King (14).

A Win on Sunday 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 6-8 overall
Improve the Bobcats to 1-1 in the MAC
Be Ohio’s third road win of the season (sixth road game)
Be Ohio’s first MAC win of the season (second MAC game)
Be Ohio’s 13th win over Buffalo (26th meeting)

Scouting the Bulls
Buffalo enters Sunday’s contest the owner of a 3-11 record which includes a 1-0 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Bulls began the season losing nine of their first 10 games but have since posted a 2-2 record, including a win over Northern Illinois (60-53) in their conference opener.

Cherridy Thornton leads the way for the Bulls, scoring 11.8 points per game. She is followed closely by Rachael Gergory, who averages 10.9 points per contest. Christa Baccas is the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 7.5 boards per contest.

The Bulls were picked to finish sixth in the MAC East in the 2012-13 preseason league poll.

Ohio – Buffalo Series History
Sunday’s game will serve as the 26th all-time meeting between Ohio and Buffalo. The Bulls hold a narrow 13-12 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1998-99 season.

The teams split their meetings during the 2011-12 season. Ohio earned a 73-64 win to open Mid-American Conference play in early January while Buffalo picked up a 61-56 victory in Amherst, N.Y., on Feb 25.

Ohio is 4-7 all-time in 11 games at Buffalo.

First Career Start
Freshman forward Lexie Baldwin registered her first career start against Akron on Jan. 10. The native of Hattiesburg, Miss., scored eight points and collected five rebounds during the contest.

Career Day
Senior forward Tina Fisher tied a career high with nine rebounds during Ohio’s loss to Akron on Jan. 10. The senior also scored nine points during the game.

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. 10, Ashley Fowler leads the Mid-American Conference with 2.8 steals per game. This also ranks well nationally, as she is currently No. 71 in all of NCAA Division One basketball in terms of steals per game.