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Bobcats to Face Cardinals in Saturday Matinee

Tenishia Benson is only 35 points away from 1,000 in her career

Feb. 10, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball closes out its regular-season competition against the Mid-American Conference Western Division on Saturday, hosting the Ball State Cardinals in a 2 p.m. contest. The Bobcats will be looking to pick up their third straight win against Ball State on Saturday and will be attempting to snap a current two-game skid in MAC play. The game will be broadcast live on OhioBobcats.com and fans can also listen to Grant Burkhardt’s call on the radio by tuning in to WOUB-AM 1340.

In their last game out, the Bobcats dropped a 50-46 defensive battle at Northern Illinois on Feb. 4. Tenishia Benson (Akron, Ohio) led the way for the Green and White, scoring a game high 18 points on 6-13 shooting. She was joined in double figures by Porsha Harris (Chicago, Ill.), who scored 11. Ohio had difficulty handling NIU’s Kim Davis and Claire Jakubicek, who ended the game with 16 apiece, 24 of which came in the second half.

With Benson’s 18 points, the senior has currently scored 965 in her combined career at Ohio and Cincinnati. She is only 35 away from crossing the 1,000-point threshold.

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
Be Ohio’s third consecutive win over the Cardinals

Ball State comes to Athens the owner of an 8-15 record which includes a 3-7 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Cardinals have lost six of their last seven games, most recently falling at home to Buffalo by a score of 61-37.

No Ball State student-athlete averages double figures, as Jazmin Hitchens scores 9.5 points per game to lead the team. She is followed closely by Brittany Carter, who can be counted upon for 9.3 points each outing.

Ball State owns the 10th best offense in the league, averaging 58.3 points per game. The Cardinals shoot 36.5 percent from the field, tied for last in the MAC.

Saturday’s game will be the 54th all-time meeting between Ohio and Ball State. The Bobcats hold a 28-25 edge in the series which dates back to the 1975-76 season.

Ohio has won four of the last five meetings in the series, including the last two in a row. The Bobcats and Cardinals last met on Feb. 2 of last season, with Ohio picking up a 68-59 road victory in Muncie. Shavon Robinson led the way for the Bob­cats in this game, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. She was joined in double figures by Kamille Buckner (13 points), Tenishia Benson (11) and Erin Bailes (11). The Bobcat defense was very strong in this game, forcing the Cardinals into 28 turnovers.

Saturday’s game against Ball State will be Ohio University’s Women’s Leaders Day, during which the athletic department is teaming up with the Ohio University Women’s Center and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies for a celebration of women leaders on campus and in the Athens community. The game will showcase the role that women leaders have played in history and in sports and will also feature a halftime ceremony honoring some of the community’s female leaders.

Through 24 games this season, sophomore Shavon Robinson has scored in double figures on 12 occasions. Throughout all of last season, she had scored ten points or more a total of 11 times.

Shavon Robinson surpassed 500 career points during Ohio’s loss to Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1. The sophomore has now scored 512 points in her impressive Bobcat career.

Saturday’s game against Ball State signals the beginning of Ohio’s final homestand of the season. The Bobcats will play three of their next four games in Athens, with only a midweek trip to Akron (Feb. 14) breaking up the action from the Convo­cation Center. Ohio is 8-5 at home in the 2011-12 season.