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Ohio Hosts Buffalo on Senior Day/Play 4Kay Game Saturday

Ohio's Erin Bailes

Feb. 22, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - Fresh off its first Mid-American Conference win of the season at Kent State on Wednesday night, the Ohio University Women's Basketball Team returns home this weekend for a Saturday clash with Buffalo. The Bobcats and Bulls will tip off from the Convocation Center at 2 p.m. in a game which will serve as Ohio's Senior Day and the annual Play 4Kay game.

Saturday's game will be available to fans through a variety of outlets. Fans in Athens can catch the game on WOUB-AM 1340, with Rob Schreier (play-by-play) and Tyler Rosten (color) calling the action live from the Convo. The game will also be broadcast live via a live stream on OhioBobcats.com and fans can track stats by clicking the "Gametracker" link at the top of the page.

In their last game action, the Bobcats (6-18, 1-11 MAC) picked up their first MAC win of the season on Wednesday night, defeating the Kent State Golden Flashes on the road by a final score of 61-55. Ohio shot a brisk 45.5 percent from the field and was led by a career-high scoring effort (24 points) from junior guard Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.). She was one of three Bobcats to score in double figures during the win, as Symone Lyles (15 points - career high) and Shavon Robinson (12) also had strong offensive performances.

A Win on Saturday Would...
Be the 466th win in program history
Be the 239th MAC win in program history
Be Ohio's second straight victory
Be Ohio's 13th win over Buffalo (27th meeting)
Break a two-game losing streak to the Bulls

Scouting the Bulls
Buffalo enters Saturday's contest the owner of an 8-17 record which includes a 6-6 mark in Mid-American Conference play. Following a 2-11 non-conference finish, the Bulls got off to a fast start in league play, winning their first three MAC games of the season. Since that start to the conference slate, the Bulls have lost six of their last nine, and have currently split their last two contests. Buffalo most recently won at Eastern Michigan (79-63) on Feb. 16 before falling at home to Miami (69-56) on Feb. 20.

Mackenzie Loesing is the team's leading scorer in conference play, averaging 13.3 points per game. She is joined in double figures by Cherridy Thornton, who can be counted upon for 12.1 points per outing. Christa Baccas is the team's leading rebounder, pulling down a whopping 9.6 boards per league game to rank third in the conference as of games played Feb. 20.

Ohio - Buffalo Series History
Saturday's game will be the 27th all-time meeting between Ohio and Buffalo. The Bulls hold a 14-12 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1998-99 season. Buffalo has taken four of the last five meetings between the two programs, most recently beating Ohio 73-36 in Buffalo on Jan. 13 of this season.

Ohio is 8-6 in 14 all-time meetings with Buffalo in Athens. The Bobcats defeated the Bulls in Athens last season, winning 73-64 to open conference play on Jan. 4, 2012.

Bailes Surpasses 500
Just two points shy of 500 in her career heading into Feb. 20's game at Kent State, Erin Bailes scored a career-high 24 points during the Bobcats' victory. She's now scored 522 for her career in the Green and White.

Dialed in from Distance
Ohio had an incredible second half in its win at Kent State on Feb. 20. Not only did the Bobcats shoot 50 percent (10-20) from the field, but they shot a blistering 70 percent (7-10) from three-point distance. Erin Bailes led this charge, hitting four of her five three-point attempts in the final 20 minutes of the game.

Thank You, Seniors!
Saturday's game will serve as Ohio's 2013 Senior Day celebra­tion, during which the careers of Ashley Fowler, Symone Lyles, and Tina Fisher will be recognized. Combined, these three student-athletes have played in 346 games for the Green and White.

Play 4Kay
Saturday's game will also serve as Ohio's 2013 Play 4Kay game. Ohio will suit up in pink jerseys for the annual event. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2 million to support women's cancer research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the official charity of the initiative.

Stepping up as a Scorer
Senior guard Symone Lyles has stepped up her offensive play over the last few games. The native of Silver Spring, Md., has scored ten points or more in four of Ohio's last nine games, including a career-high 15 points at Kent State on Feb. 20.

Double Digit Assists
Ohio has moved the ball well during its last five games, recording a combined 69 assists. Following five straight MAC games in which Ohio registered nine assists or less, the `Cats have dished out 11 or more in their last five contests.

Logging Minutes
Ashley Fowler has played 426 minutes in 12 Mid-American Conference games during the 2012-13 season to average 35.5 minutes per contest. This currently ranks tied for first in the entire league as of games played Feb. 20.

The Last Meeting
January 13, 2013
Amherst, N.Y.
Bobcats Bested by Bulls Sunday in Buffalo
In its first road Mid-American Conference action of the season, Ohio Women's Basketball was beaten by the Buffalo Bulls, 73-36. The loss dropped the Bobcats to 5-9 on the season and 0-2 in MAC play.

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