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Ohio Travels West for Finale at Miami

Ohio's Tenishia Benson

Feb. 27, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – With the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament on the horizon, Ohio Women’s Basketball hits the road for its last regular-season game of the year. The Bobcats will take on the rival Miami RedHawks at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. Grant Burkhardt will be broadcasting the game live on WOUB-AM 1340 and through a live link on OhioBobcats.com.

In their last game out, the Bobcats lost a hard-fought 61-56 contest at Buffalo. The game was broadcast live on SportsTime Ohio, ESPN Full Court and ESPN3, making it Ohio’s second televised contest of the season. Tenishia Benson scored in double figures for the 22nd time this season and was helped out by ten points from Erin Bailes, but it was not enough in the end as Buffalo’s Brittany Hedderson put together a monster second half, scoring 16 points in the final 20 minutes.

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
Break a one-game losing streak to the RedHawks

Miami enters Tuesday’s contest the owner of a 20-8 record which includes a 10-5 mark in the Mid-American Conference. The RedHawks have won three of their last four games but most recently fell at Bowling Green, 64-55.

Miami is led in scoring by Courtney Osborn’s 18.5 points per game. Kirsten Olowinski and Maggie Boyer join her in double figures, averaging 11.2 and 11.1 points per game, respectively. Olowinski shoots an impressive 52.7 percent from the field, a mark which ranks second in the MAC.

Tuesday’s game will be the 74th meeting in the all-time series between Ohio and Miami. The RedHawks hold a 48-25 advan­tage in the series which has its roots in the 1974-75 season. Ohio has won three of the last four games in the series.

The Bobcats and RedHawks met in Athens on Jan. 15 of the 2011-12 season, with Miami coming away 67-47 victors. Tenishia Benson led the way for the Bobcats in the loss, scoring 14 points while Tina Fisher pulled down a season-high seven rebounds. Turnovers were a big part of determining the game’s outcome, as Ohio committed 23 to Miami’s nine.

Ohio is 7-30 throughout the series history in games played at Miami.

Ohio is only allowing opponents to shoot 29 percent from three-point distance during the 2011-12 season. This mark ranks third in the Mid-American Conference.

TOP 300
Making waves on a national scale, Tenishia Benson is ranked among the top 300 women’s basketball players in the country in the following five categories: field-goal percentage (75th), free-throw percentage (76th), points per game (151st), steals per game (178th) and rebounds per game (260th).

Ohio held a 39-36 rebounding edge over Buffalo on Feb. 25. This was the first game in which Ohio won the rebounding battle since the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 4.

Though all will not be determined until late Tuesday evening, it is likely that Ohio will host a Mid-American Conference Tournament first-round game on Saturday, March 3. With the first four seeds in the tournament receiving first-round byes, seeds 5-8 will host seeds 9-12 in first-round games on the 3rd. As things currently stand, Ohio holds the No. 7 seed.

Any combination of an Ohio win, a Kent State loss or an Akron loss guarantees the Bobcats a home game. Ohio would not host a game on the 3rd if the Bobcats lose and both the Golden Flashes and Zips win on the final day of the regular season.