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Ohio Women's Basketball Shoots For Season Sweep of Western Michigan

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin scored 15 points and hauled in nine rebounds last Saturday in Ohio women's basketball's loss at Toledo.
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Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin scored 15 points and hauled in nine rebounds last Saturday in Ohio women's basketball's loss at Toledo.
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Feb. 18, 2014

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (8-15, 3-9 MAC) looks for its second victory over Western Michigan (9-14, 5-7 MAC) this season when the Bobcats visit the Broncos on Wednesday (Feb. 19) in a Mid-American Conference cross-division matchup at University Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Jacob Corrigan will have the call on WOUB-AM 1340. A live video stream of the game is also available free on MAC-Sports.com.

- Ohio has already surpassed its overall and conference win total from the 2012-13 campaign.

- Ohio lost a 62-58 nail-biter at Toledo (12-11, 7-5 MAC) last Saturday (Feb. 15) at Savage Arena. The defeat marked Ohio's eighth straight conference setback.

- Ohio toppled Western Michigan, 70-53, on Jan. 12 at the Convocation Center. The Bobcats forced the Broncos to turn the ball over 17 times while only giving up the rock seven times at the other end of the floor. Ohio converted Western Michigan's miscues into 17 points. The Bobcats also dominated the battle of the paint, outscoring the Broncos by a 30-20 count.

Making her first start of the season, sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) knocked down four treys and went a perfect seven-for-seven from the free throw line to compile a game-high 29 points. Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) racked up 19 points. Two Bobcats piled up double-digit rebounds, as freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) hauled in a career-high 13 to lead the game. Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) matched her season high with 10 boards.

The win marked Ohio's last home triumph, as the Bobcats have dropped their last four games at the Convo.

The game was the first of two meetings between Ohio and Western Michigan in 2013-14 as part of the MAC's new 18-game schedule that features home-and-home games against two cross-division opponents. Ohio also played Toledo twice this season.

- Ohio leads the all-time series over Western Michigan, 28-25. The Bobcats have won three of the last four meetings. Ohio is 11-14 in games against the Broncos in Kalamazoo, Mich. -- including a 72-59 win in its last visit to University Arena on Jan. 28, 2012.

- Ohio is 1-6 against the MAC West Division in 2013-14. The Bobcats have been outscored by 8.3 points in cross-division games. Ohio averages 8.1 steals per game against MAC West opponents. The Bobcats are 0-3 in cross-division road games this season.

- Ohio is 3-9 on the road on 2013-14 -- including 1-5 in conference road games. The Bobcats have averaged 54.0 points per game and have been outscored by 14.0 points away from Athens this season. Ohio's last road win came on Jan. 15 at Kent State -- a 76-59 triumph. The Bobcats have lost eight in a row since that game.

- Ohio fell to Ball State, 79-63, on Jan. 18 at the Convocation Center, putting an end to a three-game winning streak. The streak marked Ohio's longest conference winning streak since reeling off three in a row in 2008-09.

- The Bobcats have scored at least 70 points in seven of their eight victories and have not lost a game when scoring at least 70 points in 2013-14. Ohio has outscored the opposition by 17.4 points and has outshot opponents, 40.3%-37.3% in its eight victories -- including 37.3%-26.1% from three-point range. When the Bobcats win, they are averaging 11.3 steals per game and 2.5 blocks per game.

- Ohio is 241-297 (.448) all-time in MAC play and is coming off a 1-15 mark in conference play in 2012-13. The Bobcats have captured two MAC regular season titles (1986 & `95).

- Ohio has been picked to finish fifth in the MAC East Division in 2013-14, as voted on by the conference's coaches.

- Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) has appeared in all 23 games, making 10 starts at guard, and is averaging 25.0 minutes per contest. She leads the team in scoring with 13.0 points per game and has led team in scoring a team-high 12 times. Black has reached double figures in scoring a team-high 14 times. She has scored 20 or more points five times.

Black scored a career-high 35 points -- including eight three-pointers -- in the season opener against Xavier. Her eight treys tied her with Cathy Zsall for second-most in a single game in school history. She shot 11-for-19 from the field.

Black was named MAC East Division Player of the Week on Dec. 16 for the second time in her career and first time in 2013-14 after leading the way with 20 points against Notre Dame College.

Black has started 27 of the 52 games she's played in, totaling 579 points (11.1 per game). She is a career 32.0% shooter -- including 26.7% from three-point range. Black has reached double figures in scoring 28 times in her career and has scored at least one point in 49 of 52 career games.

- Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) has started all 23 games at guard, averaging a team-high 27.7 minutes per contest. She ranks second on the team with 10.2 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring 11 times -- including nine of the last 14 games and five of the last eight. Lampkins has led the team in scoring four times and in rebounds seven times.

Lampkins was named the MAC East Division Player of the Week on Jan. 13 after averaging 21.5 points and shooting 60% from the field (17-for-28) over the second week of conference play. She also averaged 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals. She tallied a career-high 24 points and went 9-for-12 from the field in addition to hauling in a team-high seven rebounds over Miami. She followed that performance up by racking up 19 points against Western Michigan to finish in double digits for the third straight game.

- A nursing major, who owns a 3.890 cumulative grade point average, junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) was named MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week for her efforts against UMBC and at Northern Illinois. Byard closed 2013 with a big performance and began the new year with another strong outing, averaging 17.0 points, shooting 63.2% (12-19) from the field and 58.8% (10-17) from behind the arc over two games. She was a big part of a record-setting three-point shooting display against UMBC, tallying 17 points and finishing 6-for-10 from the field -- including 5-for-9 from three-point range -- helping the Bobcats set a new school and conference record with 19 treys. She followed that display up by scoring a game-high 17 points at Northern Illinois.

In just her second game back from an injury that kept her out for eight straight games, Byard matched her season high by knocking down five three-pointers to total a game-high 17 points last Saturday (Feb. 15) at Toledo.

Byard is averaging 10.2 points per game, has reached double figures eight times and has led the team in scoring four times in 2013-14.

Byard has started 24 of the 71 games she has played in, compiling 517 points (7.3 per game), 104 assists (1.5 per game) and 47 steals. She is a career 32.8% shooter -- including 33.4% from behind the arc.

- Western Michigan is 3-6 since falling to Ohio at the Convo and has lost three straight -- including a 57-48 loss to Kent State last Saturday (Feb. 15) at University Arena. The Broncos got off to an 11-0 start and led 29-22 at halftime, but were outscored 35-19 in the second half. Western Michigan shot 41.7 percent in the first and then had trouble with Kent State's changing defense in the second, where WMU hit under 23 percent. Sophomore forward Miracle Woods led the Broncos with 13 points in the loss. She is averaging a team-high 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 2013-14.

Western Michigan is led by second-year head coach Shane Clipfell.

- If the 2014 MAC Tournament started today, Ohio would be the No. 10 seed and play a First Round game against No. 7-seeded Western Michigan in Kalamazoo on March 10. Six games remain in the regular season.

- Ohio will play three of its next four games at the friendly confines of the Convo -- including each of the next two contests. The Bobcats play host to East Division rival Akron on Saturday (Feb. 22). The opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. Ohio will honor the careers of its two seniors -- guards Erin Bailes (Huntington, W. Va.) and Olivia McCuskey (St. Albans, W. Va.).

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