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Ohio University Women's Basketball Looks to Recapture Home Magic Against Toledo

Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black is averaging a team-high 24.6 points per game at the Convocation Center in 2013-14.

Jan. 25, 2014

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (8-9, 3-3 MAC) aims to put an end to a two-game Mid-American Conference losing skid when it hosts the University of Toledo (8-9, 3-3 MAC) on Sunday (Jan. 26) in a cross-division matchup at the Convocation Center.

Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. Jacob Corrigan and Michael Garr will have the call on WOUB-AM 1340. A live video stream of the game is also available free on OhioBobcats.com.

The Last Meeting
January 31, 2013
Toledo, Ohio
Red-Hot Rockets Top Bobcats, 61-42
The Ohio University Women's Basketball Team wasn't able to get past a red-hot Toledo squad on Thursday night, falling to the Rockets by a final score of 61-42.

- Ohio has already surpassed its overall and conference win total from the 2012-13 campaign.

- Ohio suffered an 80-56 loss to the University of Akron (9-8, 3-3 MAC) in a MAC East Division contest on Thursday (Jan. 23) at James A. Rhodes Arena. The contest marked Ohio's second straight MAC defeat.

- Ohio fell to Ball State University, 79-63, last Saturday (Jan. 18) at the Convocation Center, putting an end to a three-game winning streak. The streak marked Ohio's longest conference winning streak since reeling off three in a row in 2008-09.

- Ohio is 4-1 at the friendly confines of the Convo in 2013-14. The Bobcats average 79.2 points per game and own a +8.6 turnover margin at home.

Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) averages a team-high 24.6 points per game at the Convo, shooting at a 40.4% clip -- including 39.0% from three-point range. Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) is averaging 15.0 points per game and is shooting 50.9% from the field at home.

- The Bobcats have scored at least 70 points in seven of their eight victories and have not lost a game when scoring at least 70 points in 2013-14.

- Through six conference games, Ohio leads the MAC with a +6.3 turnover margin.

- Ohio is 241-291 (.453) all-time in MAC play and is coming off a 1-15 mark in conference play in 2012-13. The Bobcats have captured two MAC regular season titles (1986 & `95).

- Ohio has been picked to finish fifth in the MAC East Division in 2013-14, as voted on by the conference's coaches.

- Toledo owns a 40-23 lead over Ohio in the all-time series between the two programs. The Rockets have taken six straight from the Bobcats and have come away victorious in 35 of the last 39 meetings.

Ohio's last win over Toledo came on Feb. 13, 2008 -- a 70-58 triumph for the Bobcats.

- Sixth-year head coach Tricia Cullop leads the Rockets. Toledo was picked to place third in the MAC West in 2013-14, as voted on by the conference's coaches.

The Rockets put a stop to a two-game MAC slide by trumping Ball State on Thursday (Jan. 23), 73-61, in Toledo. Junior forward Inma Zanoguera led the way with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Zanoguera is tied for sixth in the MAC in scoring with 15.1 points per game. Senior guard Andola Dortch ranks second in the league with 4.9 assists per game.

Sunday's game is the first of two meetings between Ohio and Toledo in 2013-14 as part of the MAC's new 18-game schedule that features home-and-home games against two cross-division opponents. The Bobcats and Rockets will square off again in Toledo on Feb. 15. Ohio also plays Western Michigan twice in 2013-14. The Bobcats downed the Broncos, 75-59, on Jan. 12 at the Convo. The two programs will face off again on Feb. 19 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

- Ohio's women's basketball team and Toledo's men's basketball squad share sibling ties. Ohio freshman forward Jasmine Weatherspoon (Columbus, Ohio) is the younger sister of Toledo junior forward J.D. Weatherspoon.

- Ohio closes its season-long stretch of five home contests in eight games when it welcomes MAC East Division rival Bowling Green State University to the Convo next Thursday (Jan. 30). The opening tip is slated for 7 p.m. ET.

- Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) leads the team in conference play with 15.8 points per game (27-for-54, 50%), which ranks 10th in the conference. She has reached double figures in scoring eight times -- including six of the last eight games. Lampkins has led team in scoring three times and in rebounds a team-high seven times. She is tied with sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) for the team lead in rebounds (5.6 per game) and leads the team in rebounds in conference play (6.7 per game).

Lampkins was named the MAC East Division Player of the Week on Jan. 13 after averaging 21.5 points and shooting 60% from the field (17-for-28) over the second week of conference play. She also averaged 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals. She tallied a career-high 24 points and went 9-for-12 from the field in addition to hauling in a team-high seven rebounds over Miami. She followed that performance up by racking up 19 points against Western Michigan to finish in double digits for the third straight game.

- Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) leads the team in scoring with 13.1 points per game, which ranks 14th in the conference. She has led team in scoring a team-high seven times, has reached double figures in scoring a team-high nine times and has scored 20 or more points five times. Black also leads the team in field goal attempts per game (12.9), field goals made per game (4.1), three-point field goal attempts per game (8.1) and three-point field goals made per game (2.4, which ranks third in the conference). She ranks second on the team in points per game in conference play (15.0), which ranks 13th in the conference. Black also leads the team in three-point field goals made per game (2.5) in conference play, which ranks third in the league, and leads the team in steals per game (2.8) in conference play, which is tied for second in the league. Black has reached double figures in five of the last seven contests -- including four of the last five.

Black scored a career-high 35 points -- including eight three-pointers -- in the season opener against Xavier. Her eight treys tied her with Cathy Zsall for second-most in a single game in school history. She shot 11-for-19 from the field.

Black was named MAC East Division Player of the Week on Dec. 16 for the second time in her career and first time in 2013-14 after leading the way with 20 points against Notre Dame College.

Black has started 21 of the 46 games she's played in, totaling 501 points (10.9 per game). She is a career 31.6% shooter -- including 26.1% from three-point range. She has reached double figures in scoring 23 times in her career and has scored at least one point in 43 of 46 career games.

- A nursing major, who owns a 3.890 cumulative grade point average, junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) was named MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week for her efforts against UMBC and at Northern Illinois. Byard closed 2013 with a big performance and began the new year with another strong outing, averaging 17.0 points, shooting 63.2% (12-19) from the field and 58.8% (10-17) from behind the arc over two games. She was a big part of a record-setting three-point shooting display against UMBC, tallying 17 points and finishing 6-for-10 from the field -- including 5-for-9 from three-point range -- helping the Bobcats set a new school and conference record with 19 treys. She followed that display up by scoring a game-high 17 points at Northern Illinois.

Byard is averaging 10.5 points per game, has reached double figures seven times and has led the team in scoring three times in 2013-14.

Byard has started 24 of the 69 games she has played in, compiling 500 points (7.2 per game), 103 assists (1.5 per game) and 47 steals. She is a career 32.5% shooter -- including 33.2% from behind the arc.

- Ohio's 97-79 romp over Miami University victory marked the first MAC triumph of the 2014 campaign and first victory over the RedHawks since cruising to a 76-47 win at the Convo on March 2, 2011. Miami had won the previous five matchups against Ohio.

- Ohio used a record-setting three-point shooting effort to blow past the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 84-36, in a wire-to-wire win. Ohio set a school and Mid-American Conference record by knocking down 19 treys -- just four shy of breaking the NCAA record. The total also marked the most threes made in JMU's Convocation Center history. All but nine of Ohio's field goals came from behind the arc. The Bobcats shot 54.3% from three-point land. The 48-point margin of victory was Ohio's largest since defeating Hofstra University by 51, 111-60, on Dec. 27, 1991. UMBC's 36 points marked the fewest scored by an Ohio opponent since the Bobcats limited Ball State University to 36 on March 4, 1995. The Bobcats never trailed UMBC.

- Ohio played two top-eight ranked teams in the span of four games in November, falling to No. 3/4 Louisville, 90-33, on Nov. 21, and dropping an 84-60 decision to No. 8 Maryland, 84-60, in its final game of the 2013 San Juan Shootout in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

- The Bobcats opened the 2013-14 season with a 2-0 record, marking the first time the program has achieved such a feat since the 2006-07 campaign.

- Ohio rallied to force overtime, then beat Morehead State University, 64-56, on Nov. 16 at Johnson Arena. Ohio outscored Morehead State, 16-8, in the extra period. Ohio defeated the Eagles in overtime for the second straight year.

- First-year Ohio head coach Bob Boldon earned career coaching win No. 100 with the victory at Morehead State.

- The season-opening triumph over Xavier marked the debut of Bob Boldon as head coach of the Bobcats. With six years of head coaching experience, Boldon is the 10th head coach in school history.

- The victory over Xavier marked Ohio's fourth consecutive win in a season-opener.

- The season-opening win over Xavier marked the first time Ohio surpassed 90 points in a regular season game since 2008 (Western Michigan).

- Ohio added prep forward Kelly Karlis (Medinah, Ill.) as part of the early signing period of its 2014-15 recruiting class. A 6'2" wing, Karlis is currently a senior at Montini Catholic High School. She is rated at a score of 89 on the ESPN's High School Girls' Basketball list. ESPN tabbed Karlis as the 53rd-best wing in the nation while the All Star Girls Report ranked her as the 264th-best recruit. In 2012-13, she led the Lady Broncos to a 35-2 record and a trip to the Illinois 3A State Championship semifinals. Under head coach Jason Nichols, Karlis averaged 7.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a junior last year and earned all-conference and all-area honors for her efforts. She has also competed for Illinois Lady Lightning Basketball for six years under head coach Mike Seberger.

- First-year head coach Bob Boldon comes to Athens after spending the last three years of his head coaching career at Youngstown State. The Northeast Ohio native inherited a program which had posted a 0-30 record during the 2009-10 season and turned it into a Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) participant at the end of the 2012-13 season, posting two double-digit win seasons and one 23-win campaign along the way.

- Boldon brought three of his assistant coaches with him from Youngstown State to Athens -- Tavares Jackson, Kate Schrader and Mary Evans.

- Jackson was a big part of a YSU offense which finished the 2011-12 season ranked fifth in the nation with 9.2 three-pointers made per game, and one which was also one of just 10 teams in the country to make at least 16 three-pointers in a game during the year. Jackson served as the recruiting coordinator under Boldon at Youngstown State and also assisted with on-floor coaching, game preparation, scheduling, and the program's camp series.

- A player of legend at Florida Gulf Coast, Schrader was reunited with Boldon at Youngstown State following his days as an assistant with FGCU. Behind a motion offense that was geared towards shooting open three-pointers and driving for layups, Schrader helped Boldon develop YSU into one of the top offensive teams in the Horizon League.

- Evans comes to Athens with 10 years of experience at the Division I level, including five at her alma mater, Georgia Southern University. She also coached in the Big East at Seton Hall for four years, helping the Pirates earn two WNIT berths.

- Ohio will play a televised game on the Time Warner Cable Sports Network in 2014 as part of the Mid-American Conference's Basketball Regional TV Package, the conference announced on Oct. 15. The Bobcats will host Eastern Michigan on Feb. 9 at the Convocation Center in its televised matchup The opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.