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Bobcats Welcome Huskies to the Convo Wednesday

Ohio's Lexie Baldwin

Feb. 5, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Women's Basketball Team ends its brief, two-game homestand on Wednesday night by hosting Northern Illinois. The Bobcats and Huskies, each in search of their first Mid-American Conference victory of the 2012-13 season, will tip off from The Convocation Center 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.

In their last game action, the Bobcats were edged late by Kent State, falling 57-55 in Athens. Ohio held a four-point lead with 75 seconds remaining, but the Golden Flashes scored six unanswered points in the final 25 seconds to escape with the victory. The Bobcats (5-15, 0-8 MAC) out-rebounded Kent State by a 37-35 margin and forced the Golden Flashes into 24 turnovers, a number of which came via senior forward Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) establishing good position on the floor and taking multiple charges.

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 6-15 overall
Improve the Bobcats to 1-8 in the MAC
Be Ohio's second win in its last three meetings with NIU
Be Ohio's 15th all-time win over Northern Illinois (30th meeting)

Scouting the Huskies
Northern Illinois enters Wednesday's contest the owner of a 5-16 record which includes an 0-8 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Huskies are one of just two MAC teams remaining which have yet to record a league victory. NIU has played its opponents close in MAC games, losing by an average margin of 9.8 points per outing. The Huskies most recently lost at home to Miami, falling by a final score of 65-51 on Feb. 3.

The Huskies are led offensively by two prolific scorers in Satavia Taylor (12.4 ppg) and Amanda Corral (12.3 ppg). Taylor is the third leading scorer in league games, averaging 16.5 points per MAC contest.

Northern Illinois is coached by Kathi Bennett, who is in her third year at the helm in DeKalb, Ill. The native of Clintonville, Wisc., has an all-time head coaching record of 328-227 and is 32-50 while in charge of the Huskies.

Ohio - Northern Illinois Series History
Wednesday's game will be the 30th all-time meeting between Ohio and Northern Illinois. The Huskies hold a narrow 15-14 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1981-82 season. NIU took the last meeting between the two teams, winning 50-46 in DeKalb on Feb. 4, 2012. The Huskies have also won four of the last five meetings between the programs.

Ohio holds a 7-6 advantage in the 13 games of the series which have been played in Athens.

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 20 games, leads the team in minutes played (708), and has dished out a team-high 67 assists.

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. Sixteen games later, she is now averaging 12.0 per contest, has scored in double figures on 13 occasions, and ranks No. 13 in the MAC with 12.0 points per league game.

Crashing the Offensive Glass
Ohio collected 13 offensive rebounds during the game against Kent State on Feb. 3, converting these caroms into 12 second-chance points. The Bobcats have done a good job grabbing offensive boards this season, as they've collected 10 or more in 16 of their 20 games.

Little Bit of Everything  
Ashley Fowler had a very balanced game for the Green and White against Kent State on Feb. 3. The senior exceeded her season averages in points (9), rebounds (4), assists (4), steals (3), and blocks (1).

Accuracy is Key
Freshman forward Lexie Baldwin shot a perfect 4-4 from the field during Ohio's game against Kent State on Feb. 3. The native of Hattiesburg, Miss., is the team's most accurate shooter (Min. 10 attempts), connecting on 43 percent of her shots during the 2012-13 season.

On the Mend
Shavon Robinson and Mariah Byard made their reap­pearances in the Ohio lineup at Toledo on Jan. 31. Ohio played 11 student-athletes in this game, serving as the most Bobcats to see the court since a Jan. 22, 2012 game against Toledo. Oddly enough, the Rockets won both games by exactly 19 points.

The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois50
February 4, 2012
DeKalb, Ill.
Ohio Loses Defensive Battle at Northern Illinois, 50-46
Ohio Women's Basketball was bested in a defensive battle at Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon, losing by a final score of 50-46. An improved second half by the Bobcats wasn't quite enough to match impressive second-half shooting by NIU's Kim Davis and Claire Jakubicek, who combined for 24 points in the final 20 minutes of play.

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