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Ohio Travels West to Meet Rival Miami Thursday

Since MAC play has started, Tina Fisher has stepped up her point and rebound averages

Jan. 16, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Miami (Oh)51
February 28, 2012
Oxford, Ohio
Ohio Edged by Miami, 51-49
Ohio Women's Basketball ended its regular season at Miami on Tuesday, falling by a final score of 51-49. The Bobcats end the regular season with a 13-17 record which includes a 6-10 mark in Mid-American Conference play.

ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball hits the road once again, this time traveling west to match up against the rival Miami RedHawks for a Thursday night Mid-American Conference game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio.

Thursday’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 tip-off. Rob Schreier (play-by-play) and Tyler Rosten (color) will be calling all of the action live from Oxford. The game will also be available via the ‘Listen Live’ link at the top of the page.

In their last outing, the Bobcats fell on the road at Buffalo, losing by a final score of 73-36. Ohio (5-9, 0-2 MAC) struggled from the field in the loss, connecting on 14 of 62 field goals (22.6 percent). The ‘Cats did a good job of taking care of the ball, keeping their turnover total below 20 while also assisting on 10 of their 14 made field goals. Freshman guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) grabbed a career-high seven rebounds while senior Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) tied a career high with nine of her own.

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 6-9 overall
Improve the Bobcats to 1-2 in the MAC
Avoid Ohio’s first 0-3 conference start since 2010-11
Be Ohio’s third road win of the season (seventh road game)
Be Ohio’s first MAC win of the season (third MAC game)
Be Ohio’s 26th win over Miami (75th meeting)
Break a two-game losing streak to the RedHawks

Scouting the RedHawks
Miami enters Thursday’s contest the owner of a 9-6 record which includes a 1-1 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The RedHawks are on a hot streak, having won three of their last four games, including most recently picking up a one-sided 73-47 victory at Western Michigan on Jan. 13.

Miami is led in scoring by Courtney Osborn’s 18.0 points per game, an impressive figure which ranks second in the MAC. Kristen Olowinski is the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 10.1 boards per game. This is currently the highest average in the league.

The RedHawks lost to Central Michigan in the quarterfinal round of last season’s MAC Tournament. Miami then earned a bid to the 2011-12 National Invitational Tournament, losing in the first round at Richmond (76-54).

Miami was picked by 16 voters in the preseason poll to finish first in the MAC East.

Ohio – Miami Series History
Thursday’s game will serve as the 75th meeting in the all-time series between Ohio and Miami. The RedHawks hold a com­manding 49-25 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1974-75 season.

Miami has won two straight games against the Bobcats, earn­ing a narrow 51-49 win in Oxford on Feb. 28 after beating the Bobcats, 67-47, in Athens on Jan. 15. These two Ohio losses ended a stretch during which the Bobcats had won five of six against their archrivals from southwestern Ohio.

Ohio has posted a 7-31 record away from home in the all-time series, with its last win at Millett Hall coming as recently as Jan. 18, 2011.

Fisher Starts Strong
Tina Fisher has gotten off to a strong start in Mid-American Conference play. In two games, the senior is averaging 9.5 points (+3.7 from season average) and 7.0 rebounds (+2.9) per game.

Taking (More Than) One for the Team
Senior forward Tina Fisher wasn’t afraid to put her body on the line in Ohio’s Jan. 13 game at Buffalo. The native of Cottage Grove, Minn., took two hard charges in the final 20 minutes, resulting in offensive fouls by Buffalo at the 11:41 and 9:14 marks of the second half.

Fisher from Downtown!
In Ohio’s last three games, senior forward Tina Fisher has con­nected on two three-pointers. Her first bucket from distance this season--at Xavier on Jan. 5--was the first three-pointer she had made since a Feb. 11, 2012 win over Ball State.

New Faces
In advance of the Jan. 17 game at Miami, Ohio Women’s Basketball has added two new players to its roster. Ashley Jordan (wearing No. 32) and Laura Mastro (No. 34) will now be on the game day rosters for the Bobcats.