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Ohio Hosts MAC Leader Central Michigan Wednesday Evening

Ashley Fowler leads Ohio with 54 assists on the season

Jan. 22, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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March 7, 2012
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Bobcats Show Heart in 58-55 Loss to CMU
Ohio Women's Basketball fought valiantly, but in the end came just a bit short in its quest to advance at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament. The No. 8 Bobcats (14-18) were defeated by No. 5 Central Michigan, 58-55 Wednesday afternoon in the second round.

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball continues its slate of challenging Mid-American Conference games on Wednesday night, hosting the league-leading Central Michigan Chippewas at 7 p.m.

Wednesday'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.

Ohio's game against Central Michigan will serve as Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day. All Ohio University faculty and staff will receive free admission to the game.

In their last game action, the Bobcats were beaten at home by a hot Bowling Green squad, 67-41, on Sunday afternoon. Kiyanna Black (14 points), Symone Lyles (11), and Erin Bailes (10) all scored in double figures for the Bobcats, but Ohio was unable outmaneuver the MAC's best defense. Bowling Green relied on a balanced offensive effort in the game, as all 10 participating players scored at least two points and the Falcons shot their second best percentage of the season (48.1 percent).

A Win on Wednesday 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 6-11 overall
Improve the Bobcats to 1-4 in the MAC
Break a six-game losing streak to Central Michigan
Be Ohio's 28th all-time win over Central Michigan (57th meeting)

Scouting the Chippewas
Central Michigan enters Wednesday's contest the owner of a 10-7 record which includes a spotless 4-0 mark in Mid-American Conference play. In MAC victories over Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, and Northern Illinois, the Chippewas are averaging a dominating 18.5 point margin of victory per game.

Central Michigan played one of the most challenging non-con­ference schedules in the league, posting a 6-7 record before beginning league play. The Chippewas picked up a notable win over Texas (73-65) on Dec. 30 and earned close losses to current No. 2 Notre Dame (72-63) and at Florida (81-75).

Crystal Bradford leads the way offensively for CMU, averaging 14.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. She has taken it to a new level in MAC play, averaging 20 points and 12.3 boards in league games, each of which is the highest in the conference. Jessica Green (11.8 points) and Jessica Schroll (10.8) are also having strong offensive seasons for Central Michigan, joining Bradford in averaging 10 or more points per game. Bradford recently won her third straight MAC West Player of the Week award and has claimed five already this season.

Central Michigan was picked to finish second in the MAC West in the league's preseason poll and received the second most votes when it came to predicting a MAC Tournament champion. The Chippewas lost to Eastern Michigan, 72-71, in last season's championship game.

Ohio - Central Michigan Series History
Wednesday's game will be the 57th all-time meeting between Ohio and Central Michigan. The Chippewas hold a 29-27 lead in the series which has its roots in the 1980-81 season.

Central Michigan has claimed the last six meetings between the two programs, with CMU topping Ohio twice during the 2011-12 season. The Bobcats fell by a final score of 67-53 in Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 25 of last season and were ousted by the Chippewas in the second round of the MAC Tournament by a narrow 58-55 margin on Mar. 7.

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. Black ranks second in points (12.6), third in minutes (24.8), and seventh in rebounds (2.9) per game. Baldwin is not far behind, ranking seventh in points (6.1), fifth in minutes (20.6), and second in rebounds (6.2) per outing.

Winning the Turnover Battle
Ohio committed one fewer turnover than Bowling Green on Jan. 12. This marked the 12th time in 16 games this season that Ohio has taken better care of the ball than its opposition.

A Marked Improvement  
Through 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. Twelve games later, she is now averaging 12.6 per contest, has scored in double figures on 10 occasions, and ranks No. 7 in the MAC with 15.3 points per league game.

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 16 games, leads the team in minutes played (567), and has dished out a team-high 54 assists.

Getting to the Line
Kiyanna Black effectively attacked the basket on Jan. 20 against Bowling Green. The freshman got to the free-throw line six times, sinking a career-high five FTs.