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Women's Basketball Travels North for Contest at Akron

Ohio's Erin Bailes

Feb. 27, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Women's Basketball Team prepares to take to the road for its final trip of the 2012-13 regular season. Ohio begins this road swing at Akron on Thursday night (7 p.m.) before playing at Bowling Green on Sunday afternoon (1 p.m.).

Thursday's game will be available to fans a number of ways. Bobcat fans can listen to Rob Schreier (play-by-play) and Tyler Rosten (color) through the "Listen Live" link at the top of their page. Their broadcast will also be available in Athens on WOUB-AM 1340. In addition to this, the game will be streamed live via the "Watch Live" link and Akron will provide live stats during the contest, the link for which can also be found at the top of the page.

In their last game action, the Bobcats were defeated by a tough Buffalo squad at home on Senior Day, 56-35. Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) led the Bobcats with 12 points on 5-10 shooting from the field, achieving double figures for the third straight game. She was joined in double digits by Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.), who scored 11 points on 4-13 shooting. The Bobcats (6-19, 1-12 Mid-American Conference) struggled from the field in the loss, shooting 14-58 (24.1 percent) and 2-17 (11.8 percent) from three-point distance.

A Win on Thursday Would...
Be the 466th win in program history
Be the 239th MAC win in program history
Be Ohio's 35th win over Akron (50th meeting)
Break a two-game losing streak to the Zips

Scouting the Zips
Akron enters Thursday's contest the owner of an 18-8 record which includes a 9-4 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Zips have been hot lately, winning six of their last seven games, most recently picking up a 77-71 victory at Kent State on Feb. 23.

Rachel Tecca leads the way offensively for Akron, scoring 18.3 points per game in league play. She is joined in double figures by Sina King (14.8), Hanna Luburgh (14.5), and Taylor Ruper (10.8). Tecca ranks second in the league in scoring, while King comes in at No. 4 and Luburgh is sitting at No. 5.

Akron has the 12th best offense in the NCAA, humming along at a clip of 75.2 points per game. The Zips also do an excellent job of distributing the basketball, as they rank No. 5 in the country with 17.7 assists per contest.

Ohio - Akron Series History
Thursday's game will be the 50th all-time meeting between Ohio and Akron. The Bobcats hold a commanding 34-15 lead in the series which has its roots in the 1976-77 season. Akron has had the better of Ohio in recent meetings, however, winning five of the last six contests.

The Zips and Bobcats most recently met in Athens on Jan. 10, with Akron coming away an 81-54 victor. Ohio lost its last game at Akron, falling 71-65 at James A. Rhodes Arena on Feb. 14, 2012.

Ohio is 13-10 in 23 all-time meetings between the teams in Akron.

If the Season Ended Today...
Ohio would have either the 11th or 12th seed in the Mid-American Conference, pending the results of a coin flip with Kent State. If 12th, the Bobcats would play at Bowling Green on March 9. If 11th, the Bobcats would play at Miami on March 9.

Taking Care of the Ball
Ohio has kept its turnover numbers low over the past three games, committing fewer than its season average of 17.3 per game in contests against Western Michigan (14), Kent State (17), and Buffalo (14).

Quick Hands
The Bobcat defense swiped 12 steals during Ohio's game against Buffalo on Feb. 23. This tied for the second-highest total of the season.

Solid Shooter
Junior guard Erin Bailes currently ranks 56th in the NCAA in terms of three-point field goal shooting percentage. The native of Huntington, W.Va., has gone 47-127 from distance to shoot 37 percent.

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 533 for her career in the Green and White.

The Last Meeting
January 10, 2013
Athens, Ohio
Ohio Falls To Akron, 81-54, In MAC Opener
The Ohio University women's basketball team (5-8, 0-1 MAC) dropped an 81-54 decision to the University of Akron (10-4, 1-0 MAC) in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams Thursday night in the Convocation Center.

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