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Ohio Women's Basketball Opens MAC Tournament at Toledo

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin posted 15 points and a team-high nine boards in Ohio women's basketball's last meeting with Toledo on Feb. 15 at Savage Arena.
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Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin posted 15 points and a team-high nine boards in Ohio women's basketball's last meeting with Toledo on Feb. 15 at Savage Arena.
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March 9, 2014

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The No. 11-seeded Ohio University women's basketball team (9-20, 4-14 MAC) begins its postseason march as it travels to No. 6-seeded Toledo (15-15, 9-9 MAC) for a 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament First Round contest on Monday (March 10). Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. ET at Savage Arena.

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 MAC-Sports.com.

The Last Meeting
Ohio58
Toledo62
February 15, 2014
Toledo, Ohio
Ohio Women's Basketball Edged By Toledo in Nail-Biter
Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) scored a game-high 17 points off the bench, but the Ohio University women's basketball team (8-15, 3-9 MAC) lost a 62-58 nail-biter at Toledo (12-11, 7-5 MAC) in a Mid-American Conference cross-division matchup on Saturday (Feb. 15) at Savage Arena.

- Ohio is 16-27 all-time in the conference tournament -- including 0-5 against Toledo.

The last MAC Tournament meeting between the Bobcats and the Rockets took place in 2009 -- a 77-70 quarterfinals triumph for Toledo on March 13, 2009, in Cleveland.

The two programs have met in the MAC Tournament First Round once before -- a 68-65 home victory for Toledo in 2004.

- Ohio went 0-2 against Toledo in 2014 regular season league play but dropped both contests by only a combined six points.

On Jan. 26 at the Convocation Center, the Bobcats fell, 64-62. Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) led the `Cats with a game-high 18 points and four steals.

Freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) swapped three steals and dished in 10 points.

Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) remained consistent, adding 10 points.

In the second meeting between the programs on Feb. 15 in Toledo, Ohio suffered a 62-58 loss.

Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) scored a game-high 17 points off the bench. 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.

Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) fell a rebound short of a double-double, posting 15 points - including 13 in the second half - to go along with a team-high nine boards. She also recorded a team-high three steals.

- The winner will advance to play either No. 7-seeded Western Michigan or No. 10-seeded Miami on Wednesday (March 12) at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

- Ohio has set a school record in 2013-14 with 771 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 one more game 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 242-302 (.445) 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 28 games, making 12 starts at guard, and is averaging 24.1 minutes per contest. She leads the team in scoring with 13.6 points per game and has led team in scoring a team-high 14 times. Black has reached double figures in scoring a team-high 17 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 57 games she's played in, totaling 659 points (11.6 per game). She is a career 32.9% shooter -- including 27.9% from three-point range. Black has reached double figures in scoring 31 times in her career and has scored at least one point in 54 of 57 career games.

- Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) has started all 29 games at guard, averaging a team-high 27.9 minutes per contest. She ranks second on the team with 10.9 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring 15 times -- including 13 of the last 20 games. Lampkins has led the team in scoring seven 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 9.9 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 28 of the 77 games she has played in, compiling 571 points (7.4 per game), 110 assists (1.4 per game) and 50 steals. She is a career 32.8% shooter -- including 33.2% from behind the arc.

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