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Bobcats Play at Buffalo in Televised Contest

Ohio's Shavon Robinson

Feb. 24, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Following a thrilling 60-56 win over Mid-American Conference Eastern Division leaders Bowling Green, Ohio Women’s Basketball takes to the road to play at Buffalo. The Bobcats will play the Bulls at Noon on Saturday before a national audience, as the game will be broadcast live on SportsTime Ohio, ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.

In their last outing, the Bobcats shocked a 22-win Bowling Green squad on Wednesday night in Athens. Tenishia Benson and Shavon Robinson led the way for the Green and White, scoring 21 and 20 points, respectively. The Bobcats shot a solid 43.4 percent in the win and forced the Falcons into 18 turnovers. Trailing by five at the half, Ohio outscored BG 33-24 in the final 20 minutes of the contest.

Be the 459th win in program history
Be the 238th MAC win in program history
Be the 44th win of head coach Semeka Randall’s career
Give the Bobcats 14 wins for the first time since the 2007-08 season
Be Ohio’s second straight win over the Bulls

Buffalo enters Saturday’s contest the owner of an 8-20 record which includes a 3-11 mark in conference play. The Bulls recently broke a three-game slide with an 85-72 win over Kent State on Feb. 21.

Brittney Hedderson leads the way for the Bulls, scoring 20.2 points per game (21.9 in MAC play). She is the only Bull who averages in double figures this season. Hedderson ranks second in the league in scoring this season.

Saturday’s game will be the 25th all-time meeting between Ohio and Buffalo. The series is deadlocked at 12-12 and has its roots in the 1998-99 season.

Ohio won the last meeting between the teams, earning a 73-64 victory in Athens on Jan. 4 of this season. Freshman guard Mariah Byard had a career night in the victory, scoring 21 points to lead four Bobcat scorers in double figures. Tenishia Benson was solid from the free-throw line in the win, going a perfect 10-of-10.

The Bobcats have dropped their last two games at Buffalo, last winning in Alumni Arena on Jan. 7, 2009.

Tenishia Benson and Shavon Robinson proved to be unstop­pable in Ohio’s win over Bowling Green, combining for 41 of the Bobcats’ 60 points. Together the two guards shot 15-of-25 (60 percent) from the floor.

Ohio’s comeback win over Bowling Green marked the first time this season that the Bobcats have won a game which they were trailing at halftime. The Green and White were previously 0-12 when losing after the first 20 minutes.

Ohio’s 60-56 win over Bowling Green on Feb. 22 was the Bobcats’ first victory in the last nine meetings between the two teams and was also the first time since 2002 that Ohio had defeated Bowling Green in Athens.

Ohio’s win over Bowling Green marked the 11th time that the Bobcats have won in the Convocation Center during the 2011-12 season. This is the first time Ohio has achieved 11 home victories since the 2006-07 campaign.

Tenishia Benson has been incredibly consistent for the Bobcats this season. In 24 games played, the senior has scored in double figures on 22 occasions, including at one point a streak of 12 consecutive games. The last time a Bobcat scored in double figures for at least ten straight games was from Dec. 21, 2007 - Feb. 13, 2008. This was four seasons ago.

A total of 109 games had passed between the end of Lauren Kohn’s impressive streak and the beginning of Benson’s.