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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Kiyanna Black was named to the Freshman All-MAC Team on Friday
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Kiyanna Black was named to the Freshman All-MAC Team on Friday
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March 8, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - For the second straight game, the Ohio University Women's Basketball Team will match up with its archrival Miami RedHawks. This time around, it will be in the first round of the 2013 Mid-American Conference Tournament. Ohio and Miami will tip off from Millett Hall in Oxford at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

Saturday'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, Miami will be providing live stats of the game, the link for which can also be found at the top of the page.

In their last game action, the Bobcats fell 66-61 in a tight contest with Miami on Wednesday night in Athens. Ohio trailed for much of the game but fought back at the end, tying things up when Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) hit a clutch layup with 61 seconds to play. Miami's First Team All-MAC guard Courtney Osborn responded, sinking a deep three with 43 seconds remaining which gave the RedHawks a lead they would not relinquish.

A Win on Saturday Would...
Be the 466th win in program history
Be the 17th MAC Tournament win in program history
Be Ohio's 26th win over Miami (77th meeting)
Break a four-game losing streak to the rival RedHawks

Scouting the RedHawks
Miami enters Wednesday's contest the owner of an 18-11 record which includes a 10-6 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The RedHawks have won four of their last five games and most recently won at Ohio (66-61) on March 6. Miami began league play winning five of its first six games and occupies the No. 6 seed in the 2013 MAC Tournament.

Miami is led in scoring by Courtney Osborn, who can be count­ed upon for 18.8 points per MAC game. She is joined in double figures by Kirsten Olowinski (12.1 ppg) and Hannah Robertson (10.7 ppg). Olowinski is the team's leading rebounder at 10.9 rebounds per MAC contest. Osborn is the No. 2 scorer in the MAC while Olowinski is the No. 2 rebounder in the league.

Ohio - Miami Series History
Saturday's game will be the 77th all-time meeting between Ohio and Miami. The RedHawks hold a 51-25 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1974-75 season. Miami has won the last four meetings between the programs, sweeping the regular-season series during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. The RedHawks most recently defeated the Bobcats 66-61 in Athens on March 6.

Ohio's longest winning streak against Miami was a four-game stretch which spanned from Jan. 22, 1986 until Jan. 20, 1988. The Bobcats' longest losing streak to the RedHawks was a 12-game skid which spanned from the 1975-76 season until Feb. 11, 1984.

Ohio is 7-32 in 39 all-time meetings against the RedHawks in Oxford.

What Happens Next?
If Ohio defeats Miami on March 9, the Bobcats will play the winner of No. 10 Northern Illinois and No. 7 Buffalo in Cleveland on March 13. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 2:30 p.m.

Freshman All-MAC
Freshman guard Kiyanna Black was named to the Mid-Amer­ican Conference All-Freshman Team on Friday. She became the first Ohio freshman to earn the honor since current junior Shavon Robinson did so in 2011.

Something about the RedHawks
Shavon Robinson elevates her game whenever Ohio and Miami meet up on the hardwood. The junior guard averages 12.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and has shot 40.3 percent from the field in five career meetings against Miami.

Winning the Turnover Battle
Ohio committed six fewer turnovers than Miami on March 6. This marked the 18th time in 28 games this season that Ohio has taken better care of the ball than its opposition.

Fowler Finds Teammates
Ashley Fowler recorded the 300th assist of her career on Jan. 31 at Toledo. The senior point guard has dished out 342 assists in her career, a figure which currently ranks 6th all-time in Ohio program history.

Positive Ratio
Following her five assist, two turnover performance at Bowling Green on March 3, Ashley Fowler has achieved a positive assist-to-turnover ratio on the season. The senior guard has dished out 105 assists on the season while committing 102 turnovers.

Points in the Paint
Ohio won the "points in the paint" battle against Miami by a final count of 22-16 on March 6. Key in this statistical category was Ohio's knack for scoring second-chance points, of which they scored 13.

The Last Meeting
Miami (Oh)66
Ohio61
March 6, 2013
Athens, Ohio
Bobcats Edged by RedHawks, 66-61, in 76th Battle of the Bricks
The Ohio University Women's Basketball Team ended its 2012-13 regular season at home on Wednesday night, falling by a final score of 66-61 to the visiting Miami RedHawks in the 76th edition of the Battle of Bricks.

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