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Ohio to Host Kent State on Senior Day

Tina Fisher has been very effective for the Bobcats in the last two games, averaging 7.5 points per outing

Feb. 17, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball sets up shop for its final weekend home game of the season, as the Bobcats prepare to host the Kent State Golden Flashes on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The important Mid-American Conference Eastern Division clash will be streamed live on OhioBobcats.com and can also be accessed on the radio via WOUB-AM 1340.

The Bobcats are coming off a close 71-65 road loss at Akron on Tuesday. Ohio played a strong first half but was bested by a 42-point second frame from the league’s highest-scoring team. Tenishia Benson surpassed 1,000 career points in the loss and led all scorers in the contest, scoring 19 points and grabbing a game-high seven rebounds. Shavon Robinson (12 points) and Porsha Harris (10) also scored in double figures for the Bobcats.

Be the 457th win in program history
Be the 236th MAC win in program history
Be the 42nd win of head coach Semeka Randall’s career
Give the Bobcats 12 wins for the first time since the 2008-09 season
Break a four-game losing streak to the Golden Flashes

Kent State enters Saturday’s contest the owner of a 5-17 record which includes a 4-8 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Golden Flashes began the MAC season on a tear, winning four of their first six games. Kent State has stumbled of late, dropping its last five consecutive contests.

The Golden Flashes are led in scoring by Trisha Krewson (11.5 points per game) and Diamon Beckford (10.7). Beckford shoots the ball quite well, connecting on 80 of her 167 field-goal attempts this season to shoot 47.9 percent.

Kent State is a strong second-half team, as the Golden Flashes have scored 138 more points in the final 20 minutes of games this season than they have in the first 20 minutes.

Saturday’s game against Kent State will be the 72nd all-time meeting between the two basketball programs. Kent State holds a 49-22 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1973-74 season. The Golden Flashes have won five of the last six meetings in the series, including the last four in a row.

The Bobcats and Golden Flashes met in Kent on Jan. 7 of this season. Ohio dropped this back-and-forth affair by a final score of 68-65 to arrive at 1-1 in MAC play. The Bobcats held an eight-point lead at the halftime break but were undone by a strong second half by Kent State in which the hosts shot nearly 52 percent from the floor.

In the final season of her stellar career, Tenishia Benson scored her 1,000th point in Ohio’s game at Akron on Feb. 14. The senior hit two free throws with 1:14 remaining in the game to reach and surpass the mark, ultimately finishing the game with 19 points. Benson is a native of Akron and attended Archbishop Hoban High School.

Ohio’s February 18 home game against Kent State has been designated as the 2012 “Play 4Kay” game. During the game, the Bobcats will wear pink uniforms with the goal of increas­ing breast cancer awareness. The event, organized nationwide by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, was formerly known as the “Pink Zone” game.

Ohio Athletics will give free pink tee-shirts to the first 300 fans in attendance and will also auction off a pink basketball and a replica jersey--both signed by the entire team--with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

The game will also be Ohio’s Senior Day, during which the careers of Tenishia Benson and Alesia Howard will be honored.

The Bobcats have done a solid job of sharing the ball in recent games, notching double-digit assist totals in four of their last five games. The high point of this current run came against Ball State on Feb. 11 when Ohio dished out 17 assists to tie a season high.

Ohio collected 14 offensive rebounds in the Feb. 14 game at Akron, nine of which came in the first half. This was the highest total since the ‘Cats collected 15 at Central Michigan on Jan. 25.

Normally very solid, Ohio’s three-point defense has been exceptional over its past two outings. The Bobcats have only allowed their last two opponents to shoot a combined 2-of-21 from three-point distance, a meager mark of only 9.5 percent.

Ohio shot a blistering 60 percent from the field in its Feb. 11 win over Ball State, connecting on 30 of 50 field goal attempts. This is currently the highest shooting percentage achieved by a Mid-American Conference team during the 2011-12 season.

This was the single best shooting performance in 312 games. Ohio shot 33-of-44 (75 percent) in a 97-87 overtime win over Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 18, 2001.

Tenishia Benson was named the Mid-American Confer­ence Eastern Division’s Player of the Week on Feb. 13. The senior scored 19 points, collected seven rebounds and dished out two assists in Ohio’s 76-57 win over Ball State on Feb. 11.