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Bobcats Travel to the Glass City for Thursday Contest with Rockets

Lexie Baldwin currently ranks second among MAC freshmen in rebounds collected per game

Jan. 30, 2013

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The Last Meeting
January 22, 2012
Athens, Ohio
Bobcats Tripped up by Rockets, 52-33
Ohio Women's Basketball was tripped up by a strong Toledo team on Sunday, falling by a final score of 52-33. The Bobcats were unable to capitalize on a strong defensive effort that forced 22 Toledo turnovers and didn't allow the Rockets to shoot a single free throw.

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University Women’s Basketball Team concludes its brief two-game road trip at Toledo on Thursday night, taking on the Rockets from Savage Arena at 7 p.m.

Thursday’s game will be available to fans via 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 Toledo. Bobcat fans will also have the option to follow the game via the MAC's live video link, which can be found at the top of the page.

In addition, the game will be carried on the Buckeye Cable Sports Network for viewers living in Northwest Ohio.

In their last game action, the Bobcats (5-13, 0-6 Mid-American Conference) fell to a hot Ball State team by a final score of 77-46 on Jan. 26. Ball State had four players score in double figures and shot at a blistering clip of 52 percent. The Cardinals were led in scoring by Brandy Woody’s 23 points. Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) was Ohio’s most effective scorer, chipping in 14 points for the Bobcats. Saturday’s game was the 12th time this season the freshman had scored in double figures.

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 6-13 overall
Improve the Bobcats to 1-6 in the MAC
Break a five-game losing streak to Toledo
Hand the Rockets just their third loss of the season
Be Ohio’s first win at Toledo in 26 years
Be Ohio’s 24th all-time win over Toledo (63rd meeting)

Scouting the Rockets
Toledo enters Thursday’s contest the owner of a 17-2 record which includes a 5-1 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Rockets dropped their first league game of the season to Central Michigan on Jan. 10 and have since ripped off a five-game winning streak, defeating conference foes Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Buffalo, Akron, and Northern Illinois by an average margin of 11 points per game.

Toledo boasts the second best defense in the MAC during league play, allowing just 50.3 points per game. The Rockets rank well nationally on the defensive end, currently sitting No. 29 in the country in points allowed per game during the 2012-13 season.

Naama Shafir leads the way offensively for the Rockets, scoring 12.1 points per outing. She is joined in double figures by Andola Dortch, who chips in 11.4 per contest. Yolanda Richardson is the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 6.9 boards per game. Richardson and Lecretia Smith are the team’s most lethal shooters, as each student-athlete shoots at 51.9 percent or higher.

Toledo is coached by Tricia Cullop, one of the winningest coaches in the history of the MAC. The native of Bicknell, Ind., is in her 13th season overall, and fifth at the helm of the Rockets. Cullop has posted a career record of 236-152 with a 55-15 mark in the MAC.

Ohio – Toledo Series History
Thursday’s game will be the 63rd all-time meeting between Ohio and Toledo. The Rockets hold a 39-23 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1973-74 season. Toledo has won the last five meetings between the teams and 13 of the last 14. The Bobcats most recently picked up a victory against the Rockets on Feb. 13, 2008.

Ohio is 9-23 in 32 all-time meetings at Savage Arena. The Bobcats last won in Toledo on Jan. 7, 1987.

Crashing the Offensive Glass
Ohio collected a season-high 22 offensive rebounds at Ball State on Jan. 26. This was the highest single-game total achieved by the Bobcats since a Jan. 18, 2011 win at Miami. A total of 62 games were played between these two impressive offensive rebounding efforts.

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 first in points (12.5), third in minutes (25.4), and eighth in rebounds (2.9) per game. Baldwin is not far behind, ranking seventh in points (6.1), fifth in minutes (20.8), and second in rebounds (6.7) per outing.

Not Afraid to Mix it Up
Point guard Ashley Fowler was not afraid to lower her shoulder and drive to the basket in Ohio’s Jan. 26 game at Ball State. The senior made 8-10 free throws in Muncie, setting career highs in both FTs made and FTs attempted.

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 225 minutes in six Mid-American Conference games during the 2012-13 season to average 37.5 minutes per contest. This currently ranks atop the entire league as of games played Jan. 27.

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. Fourteen games later, she is now averaging 12.5 per contest, has scored in double figures on 12 occasions, and ranks No. 8 in the MAC with 14.2 points per league game.