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Bobcats to Battle Cardinals Saturday in Muncie

Kiyanna Black is making a strong case for the All-Freshman Team with her scoring and rebounding averages

Jan. 25, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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February 11, 2012
Athens, Ohio
Bobcats Shoot Past Cardinals, 76-57
Senior Tenishia Benson finished just shy of a double-double with 19 points and seven rebounds as the Ohio Women's Basketball team defeated Ball State 76-57 Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center. The win marks the third-consecutive victory over the Cardinals and the first time since the 2008-09 season that Ohio has won 11 games.

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball begins a brief, two-game road swing on Saturday afternoon by taking on Ball State. The Bobcats and Cardinals will tip off at 2 p.m. from John E. Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind.

Saturday's game will be available to fans through a variety of outlets. Fans can access the live audio stream by clicking the `Listen Live' link at the top of the page. Listeners in Athens can also 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 Muncie. Bobcat fans will also have the option to follow the game via Ball State's live stat link, which can be found at the top of the page.

In their last game action, the Bobcats lost 77-48 to the Mid-American Conference leading Central Michigan Chippewas. Ohio (5-12, 0-5 MAC) held two early leads in the game but was beaten by a balanced CMU squad which saw five players score in double figures. Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) and Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, as Ohio held Crystal Bradford, the MAC's leading scorer at 20 points per game against MAC foes, to just 10 points on 4-11 shooting from the field.

A Win on Saturday 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 6-12 overall
Improve the Bobcats to 1-5 in the MAC
Be Ohio's fourth straight win over Ball State
Be Ohio's sixth win in its last seven meetings with Ball State
Be Ohio's 30th all-time win over Ball State (55th meeting)

Scouting the Cardinals
Ball State enters Saturday's contest the owner of a 7-11 record which includes a 4-1 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Cardinals have won their last two games, earning victories over Kent State (59-44) and Buffalo (69-55).

Nathalie Fontaine leads the way offensively for the Cardinals, scoring 12.7 points per game. She is joined in double figures by Brandy Woody, who chips in 11.7 points per outing. Fontaine is the team's leading rebounder, pulling down 6.1 boards per game. Since league play began, Woody has upped her scoring average by almost two full points a game, and is now scoring at a rate of 13.6 per contest.

Ohio - Ball State Series History
Saturday's game will be the 55th all-time meeting between Ohio and Ball State. The Bobcats hold a 29-25 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1975-76 season.

Ohio has won the last three meetings between the two programs and five of the last six. The Bobcats earned a dominating 76-57 victory against the Cardinals last season in Athens, shooting an impressive 60 percent from the field in the contest.

The Bobcats are 16-13 in the 29 previous meetings in Muncie, Ind., last beating the Cardinals on their home court by a final score of 68-59 on Feb. 2, 2011.

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 (12.4), third in minutes (25.1), and eighth in rebounds (2.9) per game. Baldwin is not far behind, ranking seventh in points (6.0), fifth in minutes (20.6), and second in rebounds (6.3) per outing.

Batting a Thousand
In just her third career appearance for the Bobcats, senior guard Laura Mastro drained a three-pointer on Jan. 23 against Central Michigan. This was the first, and so far only, shot attempt of her career.

Logging Minutes
Ashley Fowler has played 187 minutes in five Mid-American Conference games during the 2012-13 season to average 37.4 minutes per contest. This currently ranks atop the entire league.

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. Thirteen games later, she is now averaging 12.4 per contest, has scored in double figures on 11 occasions, and ranks No. 8 in the MAC with 14.2 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 17 games, leads the team in minutes played (602), and has dished out a team-high 58 assists.