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Ohio Women's Basketball Aims For Season Sweep of Kent State

OHIOBOBCATS.COM First-year head coach and the Ohio women's basketball team look to sweep Kent State for the first time in 28 years on Wednesday in the 2013-14 home finale at the Convocation Center.
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First-year head coach and the Ohio women's basketball team look to sweep Kent State for the first time in 28 years on Wednesday in the 2013-14 home finale at the Convocation Center.
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March 4, 2014

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (9-18, 4-12 MAC) continues to jockey for 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament seeding as it goes for a season sweep of East Division rival Kent State (6-21, 3-13 MAC) in the 2013-14 home finale at the Convocation Center on Wednesday (March 5). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Jacob Corrigan and Michael Garr will have the call on WOUB-AM 1340. A live video stream of the game is also available free on OhioBobcats.com.

The Last Meeting
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Ohio University Women's Basketball Rallies at Kent State, Captures Third Straight Win
It was a tale of two halves at the M.A.C. Center on Wednesday (Jan. 15), and the Ohio University women's basketball team (8-7, 3-1 MAC) won the battle in the final 20 minutes of play to down Kent State University (3-12, 0-4 MAC), 76-59, in a Mid-American Conference East Division clash.

- With two games left in the 2013-14 season, Ohio currently occupies the No. 10 seed in the MAC Tournament. The Bobcats would play a First Round game at No. 7-seeded Ball State on March 10 in Muncie, Ind., if the season ended today. Ohio could finish as high as the No. 9 seed and as low as the No. 12 seed, which guarantees a First Round game on the road.

- Ohio suffered a 63-39 loss at Bowling Green (25-3, 15-1 MAC) in a MAC clash on Sunday (March 2) at the Stroh Center.

Freshman guard Yamonie Jenkins (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) scored a career-high 12 points to pace the 'Cats. She also dished out a team-high two assists.

Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) chipped in eight points, knocking down two treys. Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) added seven points.

Freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) hauled in a team-high seven rebounds.

- It was a tale of two halves at the M.A.C. Center on Jan. 15, and the Ohio won the battle in the final 20 minutes of play to down Kent State, 76-59, in a MAC matchup.

The Bobcats have won three straight, marking Ohio's longest conference winning streak since reeling off three in a row in 2008-09. Ohio is off to its best start to MAC play since opening 3-1 in 2004-05.

The contest saw Ohio put five players in double figures for the second time in three games, with freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) matching her career high of 18 points in what amounted to a Homecoming game for the rookie post player.

Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) hit double figures for the second time in the last three games, totaling 13 points. Baldwin also hauled in a team-high eight rebounds.

Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) added 11 points and recorded a career-high five steals.

Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) and freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) each chipped in 10 points.

- Kent State holds a 50-26 advantage in the all-time series against Ohio, but the Bobcats have taken four of the last five from the Golden Flashes.

The Bobcats and the Flashes split last season's regular season series, with each squad posting road victories. Kent State edged Ohio, 57-55, on Feb. 3, 2013 at the Convocation Center in the last meeting between the two programs in Athens. The Bobcats can secure their first season sweep of Kent State since the 1985-86 season with a win on Wednesday.

- Led by second-year head coach Danielle O'Banion, Kent State has lost two straight -- including an 80-66 defeat against Akron on Sunday (March 2) at the M.A.C Center.

Senior guard Amber Dunlap is Kent State's leading scorer, averaging 9.1 points per game. The Golden Flashes rank second in the MAC in blocks per game (3.5), with redshirt junior center CiCi Shannon leading the way with a conference-high 2.4 rejections per game.

Kent State was projected to finish sixth in the MAC East Division, as voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Former Ohio standout Jennifer Poff is currently an assistant coach on O'Banion's Kent State staff. Poff was a three-year starter and team captain for two seasons. A 2008 Mid-American Conference All-Tournament team selection, Poff was also an Academic All-MAC honoree and was the team's representative on Ohio's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

- Ohio has set a school record in 2013-14 with 708 three-point field goal attempts. The previous mark of 606 was set by the 2007-08 squad. The MAC record for three-point field goal attempts in a season is 785, set by Central Michigan in 2008-09. Averaging just over 26 attempts from behind the arc per game, the 'Cats are on pace to break that mark with at least three more games left to play in 2013-14.

- 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 242-300 (.446) 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).

- 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 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 27 games at guard, averaging a team-high 27.6 minutes per contest. She ranks second on the team with 10.5 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring 13 times -- including 11 of the last 18 games. 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 10.1 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 26 of the 75 games she has played in, compiling 556 points (7.4 per game), 108 assists (1.4 per game) and 49 steals. She is a career 33.2% shooter -- including 33.8% from behind the arc.

- Ohio concludes the 2013-14 regular season with a Battle of the Bricks matchup against archrival Miami on Saturday (March 8) in Oxford, Ohio. The opening tip is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET at Millett Hall.

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