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Ohio Opens MAC Tournament at Home Saturday

Ashley Fowler is only nine points away from 500 in her Bobcat career

March 2, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Following the best regular season in four years, Ohio Women’s Basketball looks to punch its ticket to Cleveland on Saturday by hosting the Kent State Golden Flashes in 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament first-round action. Ohio and Kent State will tip off at noon in the Convocation Center. The game will be streamed live on OhioBobcats.com and can be found on the radio by tuning in to WOUB-AM 1340.

All tickets for Saturday’s game are $5. Ohio University students get in for free.

In their last game out, the Bobcats lost a close contest at rival Miami on Tuesday night. With the game tied up at 49 apiece, Miami senior Rachael Hencke hit a mid-range floater with five seconds remaining to give the RedHawks the win. Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) led the way for the Bobcats in this game, scoring 14 points and collecting six rebounds. Tuesday’s game marked the 17th time this season that the sophomore scored ten points or more.

Ohio forced the RedHawks into 18 turnovers on Tuesday while only committing a season-low seven of its own.

Be the 459th win in program history
Be the 16th MAC Tournament 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
Give the Bobcats their second straight win over Kent State
Advance the Bobcats to Cleveland for the second straight season

If Ohio is to defeat Kent State in first-round MAC Tournament action on Saturday, the Bobcats will head to Cleveland for the second straight season. They would meet the winner of No. 5 Central Michigan and No. 12 Ball State on March 7 at 12 p.m.

Kent State comes to Athens the owner of a 6-20 record which includes a 5-11 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Golden Flashes ended their regular season by dropping eight of their last nine contests, including a most recent 91-48 defeat at the hands of Bowling Green on the last day of the season.

The Golden Flashes have three scorers in double figures each game, as Trisha Krewson, Diamon Beckford and Tamzin Bar­roilhet can be counted upon for 11.5, 10.3 and 10.2 points per game, respectively.

Saturday’s game will be the 73rd all-time meeting between Ohio and Kent State. The Golden Flashes hold a 49-23 advan­tage in the series which has its roots in the 1973-74 season.

The teams have split the season series in 2011-12, with the Golden Flashes beating Ohio in Kent (68-65) on Jan. 7 and the Bobcats returning the favor in Athens on Feb. 18, earning a 51-45 victory.

Ohio has won 16 of the 31 meetings between the teams in Athens.

Ohio’s 2011-12 season has been one of the best defensive years in program history. With at least one game remaining to play, the Bobcats have collected 301 steals, a mark which ranks third all-time in Ohio Women’s Basketball history. The top mark (350) was set during the 2004-05 season.

The Bobcats have connected on 129 three-point field goals during the 2011-12 season. If Ohio is to make three more three-pointers during the rest of the year, this season would crack the top ten most three-pointers made in program history.

One of the biggest factors of Ohio’s success in 2011-12 has been getting to the free-throw line. The Bobcats have made 399 free throws this season, a mark which currently ranks tied for tenth in program history. If Ohio sinks eight or more free throws on Saturday the Bobcats will have made the eighth most free throws in program history.