April 24, 2014
2013-14 Academic All-MAC Release
CLEVELAND - Ohio University women's basketball junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) has earned 2013-14 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Honorable Mention recognition, as announced by the conference office on Thursday (April 24).
The honor marks Byard's second straight league academic accolade after earning Academic All-MAC laurels following the 2012-13 season.
A nursing major who owns a 3.890 cumulative grade point average, Byard ranked third on the team with 9.5 points per game in addition to ranking second in three-point field goal percentage (32.9%) and three-point field goals made per game (2.4). The junior made a career-high 18 starts, reached double figures in scoring nine times and led the team in scoring four times.
Byard garnered MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors on Jan. 9 after closing 2013 with a big performance and beginning the new year with another strong outing. She was a big part of a record-setting three-point shooting display against UMBC on Dec. 30 in the third-place game of the James Madison University Invitational, tallying 17 points in an 84-36 rout for Ohio. She finished 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. Byard followed that display up by scoring a game-high 17 points in Ohio's 74-51 loss at Northern Illinois in the 2014 MAC opener on Jan. 4. She went 6-for-9 from the field -- including 5-for-8 from three-point land. She also connected on five three-point attempts for the second straight game.
Byard tied her career-best by tallying 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting from behind the arc in an 83-71 win over MAC East Division foe Buffalo on Feb. 27 at the Convocation Center.
Under first-year head coach Bob Boldon, the Bobcats saw a three-win improvement from the previous season in 2013-14 - including the program's first victory over archrival Miami in three years. Ohio's RPI also improved by 80 points.