Aug. 29, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - One non-conference tournament and 15 home games highlight the 2012-13 Ohio Women's Basketball schedule, the entirety of which was released on Wednesday. The Bobcats will open the schedule with an exhibition game in Athens on Nov. 8 before ending the regular-season with a home game against Mid-American Conference rival Miami on March 6.
"I'm excited about how we were able to balance the schedule out to get six (non-conference) home games and six (non-conference) road games," said Head Coach Semeka Randall. "This will give us a nice opportunity to test ourselves on the road and with the university's change to semesters, will provide an opportunity for more people to come out and watch women's basketball."
Ohio will play one exhibition game this season, hosting Wheeling Jesuit on Thursday, Nov. 8. The Bobcats will then begin the regular season five days later when Cleveland State comes to town on Nov. 13. Ohio and Cleveland State met up last season in Cleveland, with the Vikings earning a 66-56 victory. The Bobcats have never lost to the Vikings at home, winning all eight meetings between the programs in Athens.
The Bobcats will then head to the home state of senior forward Tina Fisher to play in the 2012 Subway Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. This will serve as a homecoming for Fisher, who hails from Cottage Grove, a mere 25 miles from Minneapolis. At the tournament the Bobcats will play the University of Minnesota on Nov. 17 before facing off against either Maine or UNLV on the 18th in the tournament's championship or consolation game.
"This will be a great homecoming for Tina," Randall added. "I'm sure she'll have a ton of support there and with this being her senior year it will be a great opportunity for her to play in front of a hometown crowd."
Ohio will then return to the Convocation Center for a five-game homestand which begins Nov. 25 and ends Dec. 9. The Bobcats will host Duquesne (Nov. 25), UMass (Nov. 29), Detroit (Dec. 2), Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 6) and Morehead State (Dec. 9) during this stretch.
Following this extended homestand, the Bobcats will play their next four games of the year away from Athens. To round out the non-conference schedule, Ohio will play at Marshall (Dec. 15), Manhattan (Dec. 19), Long Island-Brooklyn (Dec. 21) and Xavier (Jan. 5). The games at Manhattan and Long Island will mark the first time in program history that the Bobcats have played either one of these programs. Ohio's Jan. 5 game at Xavier comes one year after the Bobcats shocked the Musketeers on Dec. 19 in Las Vegas, winning 80-75 in double overtime.
Ohio begins Mid-American Conference play on Jan. 10 at home against Akron before traveling to Buffalo (Jan. 13) and Miami (Jan. 17). The `Cats will then host Bowling Green (Jan. 20) and Central Michigan (Jan. 23) before traveling to Ball State (Jan. 26) and Toledo (Jan. 31). Ohio's last meeting with Bowling Green was a historic one, with the Bobcats defeating the Falcons in Athens for the first time in a decade.
The Bobcats begin the month of February with three of their first four games of the month being played at The Convo, hosting Kent State (Feb. 3), Northern Illinois (Feb. 6) and Western Michigan (Feb. 16). Ohio will play at 2012 MAC Champion Eastern Michigan in the lone road game during this stretch, facing off against the Eagles on Feb. 9.
Ending the season with three of its final five regular-season games on the road, Ohio travels to Kent State (Feb. 20), Akron (Feb. 28), Bowling Green (Mar. 3) and hosts Buffalo (Feb. 23) and Miami (Mar. 6). The Bobcats will bring the regular season to an end against rival Miami for the third straight season.
The Ohio Women's Basketball Program recently enjoyed its best season since 2008, winning 14 games and setting top-ten marks in multiple statistical categories. An Ohio student-athlete earned a place on the Mid-American Conference's First Team for the first time since the 2007-08 season and the Bobcats went 12-5 within the friendly confines of the Convocation Center, registering their most home wins in a single season since 1986.