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Bobcats Host Eagles in Wednesday Matchup

Symone Lyles scored 11 points at Western Michigan on Saturday, narrowly missing a career high

Jan. 31, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Following an impressive win at Western Michigan on Saturday, Ohio Women’s Basketball continues conference crossover play with an important home game against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. from the Convocation Center, with the game being streamed live on OhioBobcats.com. Grant Burkhardt will have the play-by-play call on WOUB-AM 1340 with pre-game coverage starting at 6:45.

In their last game, the Bobcats put together a dominant offensive performance in a 72-59 dismantling of the Western Michigan Broncos. Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) tied a career high with 22 points to lead the way for the Bobcats as the team ended the first half on a 28-9 run and shot 68 percent from the field during the opening 20 minutes. Ohio’s defense was very strong too, as the ‘Cats at one point in the game held WMU without a field goal for 10:37.

Be the 456th win in program history
Be the 235th MAC win in program history
Be the 41st win of head coach Semeka Randall’s career
Give the Bobcats 11 wins for the first time since the 2008-09 season
Break a two-game losing streak to Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan comes to Athens the owner of a 14-7 record which includes a 6-2 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Eagles have won five of their last seven games and are cur­rently on a two-game winning streak, most recently handily defeating the Akron Zips by a final score of 91-46.

The Eagles are led in scoring by Tavelyn James, the MAC’s lead­ing scorer at 23.7 points per contest. She is joined in double figures by Natachia Watkins (11.8 ppg) and Paige Redditt (10.0).

Eastern holds the best rebounding margin in the league, gathering 8.0 more caroms per game than its opponents. The Eagles also lead the conference in steals, swiping 13.8 per contest.

Wednesday’s game will be the 52nd all-time meeting between Ohio and Eastern Michigan. Ohio holds a 30-21 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1980-81 season.

Eastern Michigan has held the edge in recent years, winning four of the last six contests between the two teams including the last two in a row. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Eagles defeated the Bobcats in Ypsilanti, Michigan by a final score of 85-40. Eastern Michigan shot a blistering 62.3 percent from the field in the contest, amassing a 47-19 lead at halftime. The Bobcats were without Tenishia Benson, who had left the previous game with an injury. Alesia Howard led Ohio with 13 points on 3-of-7 shooting.

Ohio has posted an impressive home mark in the Convocation Center during the 2011-12 season, winning eight of its 12 games.

Tenishia Benson surpassed 500 career rebounds during Ohio’s Jan. 25 game at Central Michigan. The senior has collected 506 rebounds during her career, 335 of which have come while at Ohio.

Ohio’s 72-59 win at Western Michigan on Jan. 28 marked the sixth time during the 2011-12 season in which the Bobcats had scored at least 70 points. Ohio is 5-1 in these contests.

This is a significant improvement from the 2010-11 season, during which the Bobcats only scored 70 points or more on two occasions.

In addition to scoring 14 points at Western Michigan on Jan. 28, Tenishia Benson made six steals. The senior has been getting in opponents’ passing lanes all season and has accumulated 33 on the year.

The Bobcats forced Western Michigan into 35 turnovers on Jan. 28, marking a season high in turnovers forced. Ohio took great advantage of these miscues, scoring 37 points off of turnovers. Twenty-four of these points came in the first half.

Ohio shot incredibly well during the first half of its win at Western Michigan on Jan. 28. The Bobcats connected on 17 of their 25 field goal attempts to shoot 68 percent. Symone Lyles and Alesia Howard were perfect from the floor in the first 20 minutes, shooting 3-for-3 and 2-for-2, respectively.