March 1, 2014
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ATHENS, Ohio -- The final month of the 2013-14 NCAA Division I women's basketball regular season has arrived, and seeding for the Mid-American Conference Tournament is on the line as the Ohio University women's basketball team (9-17, 4-14 MAC) visits East Division leader Bowling Green (24-3, 14-1 MAC) on Sunday (March 2) at the Stroh Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 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.
The Last Meeting
January 30, 2014
- Ohio roared to victory over Buffalo , 83-71, in a MAC East Division battle on Thursday (Feb. 27) at the Convocation Center.
The Bobcats went 32-of-43 from the free throw line - including 24-for-29 in the second half. Ohio's 32 makes rank as the fifth-most in school history.
Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) put forth a career-best 27-point performance to go along with three assists. The bulk of her points came from the charity stripe, where she set a school-record by sinking 17 of her 21 free throws. Holly Skeen converted 15 freebies on Feb. 26, 1994 to set the previous mark.
Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) tied her career-best tallying 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting from behind the arc. Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) compiled 15 points and eight rebounds.
Freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) swatted a career-high three-block effort complimenting her nine points. Freshman guard Yamonie Jenkins (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) tied her career-high in dishes with five assists.
The Bobcats built a 10-point halftime lead on the Bulls, thanks in large part to Byard's hot hand from long distance. She went 4-for-4 beyond the arc in the opening stanza.
Ohio also forced nine Buffalo turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, leading to 11 points for the `Cats.
The Green and White fed off their first half momentum never allowing the Bulls to reach within four in the second stanza - racking up the bulk of their points from the free throw line - including 15 makes by Lampkins.
- Ohio showed a strong first-half effort, but ultimately fell to Bowling Green, 78-62, on Jan. 30 at the Convocation Center.
The Bobcats displayed an all-around team battle as seven players scored six points or more. Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) tallied 12 points and three steals in the loss. Black has reached double-figures in all seven of Ohio's home games this season.
Sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) posted 10 points to go along with four assists. Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) finished with 10 points, marking her fourth consecutive game with 10 points or more.
- Bowling Green owns a 54-21 lead over Ohio in the all-time series between the two programs. The Falcons have captured 11 of the last 12 meetings -- including a two-game series sweep in 2012-13.
Ohio's last win over Bowling Green came on Feb. 22, 2012 -- a 60-56 triumph for the Bobcats in Athens.
- Second-year head coach Jennifer Roos leads the Falcons. Bowling Green was picked to place second in the MAC East in 2013-14, as voted on by the conference's coaches.
Since falling in overtime at Central Michigan, 82-79, on Jan. 18, the Falcons have rattled off 10 straight wins. Bowling Green owns the league's top defense, allowing just 55.9 points per game. The Falcons are outscoring the opposition by 14.9 points. Bowling Green is shooting 43.1% from the field (second in the MAC) while limiting opponents to 36.7% shooting. The Falcons are the league's top three-point shooting team (36.2%) while holding opponents to 25.7%, which is also best in the league. Bowling Green is outrebounding the opposition by 8.2 boards per game, which is best in the MAC.
Redshirt senior guard Alexis Rogers ranks eighth in the MAC in points per game (14.5) and is the league's second-best shooter (54.4%). Senior guard Jillian Halfhill is the conference's top three-point shooting threat, converting at a 45.5% clip.
- 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 eight of their nine victories. Ohio has outscored the opposition by 16.8 points and has outshot opponents, 40.3%-38.0% in its nine victories -- including 37.4%-27.3% from three-point range. When the Bobcats win, they are averaging 10.8 steals per game.
- Ohio is 242-299 (.447) 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). u 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 26 games, making 12 starts at guard, and is averaging 24.6 minutes per contest. She leads the team in scoring with 13.8 points per game and has led team in scoring a team-high 14 times. Black has reached double figures in scoring a team-high 16 times. She has scored 20 or more points seven 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 29 of the 55 games she's played in, totaling 639 points (11.6 per game). She is a career 33.0% shooter -- including 28.2% from three-point range. Black has reached double figures in scoring 30 times in her career and has scored at least one point in 52 of 55 career games.
- Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) has started all 26 games at guard, averaging a team-high 27.5 minutes per contest. She ranks second on the team with 10.7 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring 13 times -- including 11 of the last 17 games and seven of the last 11. 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 (which ranks third on the team), has reached double figures nine times and has led the team in scoring four times in 2013-14.
Byard has started 25 of the 74 games she has played in, compiling 548 points (7.4 per game), 107 assists (1.4 per game) and 49 steals. She is a career 33.3% shooter -- including 33.8% from behind the arc.
- If the 2014 MAC Tournament started today, Ohio would be the No. 10 seed and play a First Round game against No. 7-seeded Ball State in Muncie, Ind. on March 10. Three games remain in the regular season.
- The Ohio University women's basketball program has added guard Mariah Harris (Springfield, Ohio), a transfer from Michigan State, to its roster, as announced by first-year head coach Bob Boldon on Tuesday (Feb. 25).
A second team all-state selection and 1,500-point scorer at Kenton Ridge High School, Harris will be eligible to play for the Bobcats as a redshirt junior at the conclusion of the fall 2014 semester. She will wear No. 1 for Ohio.
Harris appeared in 11 games off the bench for Michigan State as a freshman in 2012-13. She scored a season-high five points against Indiana on Feb. 13, 2013, and saw action in Michigan State's NCAA Tournament Second Round contest against Maryland on March 25. She played in seven games off the bench for the Spartans in the fall.
During her prep career at Kenton Ridge, Harris averaged 15.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 4.1 steals and 1.6 blocks and tallied 11 triple-doubles. She was named the 2012 Ohio High School Coaches Association Division II Player of the Year her senior year after earning special mention all-state honors from the AP and OHSAA as a junior. Harris was a four-time first-team all-conference, all-county and all-district selection, leading the Panthers to a 78-17 record under head coach Ed Foulk. Ranked No. 44 overall by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, Harris competed at the AAU level for Ohio Glory under then-head coach Marwan Miller, who is now the Ohio women's basketball director of operations.
Born on March 12, 1994, Harris is the daughter of John Harris and Kim Beverly and has a brother, Jevon.
- Ohio hosts MAC East Division rival Kent State on Wednesday (March 5) in its 2013-14 regular season home finale at the Convocation Center. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.