As of games played Jan. 17, Kiyanna Black ranks second in points per game among 36 MAC freshmen
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The Last Meeting
February 22, 2012
Bobcats Stun Falcons, Win 60-56
Thanks in large part to 20-point games from Tenishia Benson and Shavon Robinson, Ohio Women's Basketball scored a big upset over the visiting Bowling Green Falcons (22-5, 12-2) on Wednesday night in the Convocation Center, winning by a final score of 60-56.
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball looks to get back on track this weekend, hosting Bowling Green on Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats and Falcons will tip off at 2 p.m. in The Convocation Center.
Sunday's game will be streamed live on OhioBobcats.com. Fans can access this video stream by clicking the `Watch/Listen Live' link at the top of the page. 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 The Convo.
Sunday's game will serve as Ozone Day. There will be a free student tailgate before the game, an event at which the first 500 students will receive free scarves and McDonald's.
In their last outing, the Bobcats ran into a hot-shooting Miami team in the 75th installment of the Battle of the Bricks, losing by a final score of 78-56. Freshman guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) turned in an outstanding shooting performance, connecting on 11 field goals to score a game and career-high 26 points. Miami won the game thanks in large part to a balanced scoring effort, which saw the RedHawks shoot 60 percent (29-48) and have three scorers achieve double figures.
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 6-10 overall
Improve the Bobcats to 1-3 in the MAC
Avoid Ohio's first 0-4 conference start since 2010-11
Be Ohio's second straight win over Bowling Green
Be Ohio's 22nd all-time win over Bowling Green (73rd meeting)
Scouting the Falcons
Bowling Green enters Sunday's contest the owner of an 11-5 record which includes a 2-1 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Falcons have played three home games to begin the league slate this season, beating Kent State (69-33) and Ball State (73-42) while losing to Toledo (48-38).
Chrissy Steffen leads the way offensively for the Falcons, scoring 11.3 points per game to rank 13th in the conference. She is joined in double figures by Alexis Rogers, who can be counted upon for 10.7 points per game. Rogers is also the team's leading rebounder, pulling down an average of 6.4 boards each outing.
Bowling Green boasts the best defense in league play, allowing an average of just 41 points per game. The Falcons were selected to finish second in the MAC East in the preseason poll and were one of three teams to receive votes as a potential MAC Tournament champion.
Ohio - Bowling Green Series History
Sunday's game will mark the 73rd all-time meeting between Ohio and Bowling Green. The Falcons hold a dominant 51-21 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1973-74 season. Ohio won the most recent meeting between the teams, defeating the Falcons in Athens, 60-56, on Feb. 22 of last season. This win for the Bobcats snapped an eight-game losing streak to Bowling Green, one which began during the 2008-09 season.
Ohio is 14-20 in Athens against the Falcons.
Freshmen Making an Impact
Of the 36 freshmen in the Mid-American Conference this season, Ohio's Kiyanna Black and Lexie Baldwin stack up very well. As of games played Jan. 17, Black ranks second in points (12.5), third in minutes (24.3), and seventh in rebounds (2.9) per game. Baldwin is not far behind, ranking sixth in points (6.4), fifth in minutes (20.6), and third in rebounds (6.2) per outing.
Kiyanna Black's game and career high 26-point outburst at Miami on Jan. 17 marked the first time a Bobcat had scored 25 points or more since Porsha Harris dropped 29 against Xavier on Dec. 19, 2011.
Fisher Starts Strong
Tina Fisher has gotten off to a strong start in Mid-American Conference play. In three games, the senior is averaging 7.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, both of which are improvements from her season averages.
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. Eleven games later, she is now averaging 12.5 per contest, has scored in double figures on nine occasions, and ranks No. 4 in the MAC with 15.7 points per league game.
Senior point guard Ashley Fowler has been the model of consistency for the Bobcats this season. The native of Cincinnati, Ohio, has started all 15 games, leads the team in minutes played (528), and has dished out a team-high 53 assists.
Quality Turnover Margin
As of games played Jan. 17, Ohio ranks fourth in the Mid-American Conference with a turnover margin of +2.0 per league game.