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Women's Basketball Begins Season with Thursday Exhibition

Shavon Robinson averaged 10.3 points per game for the Bobcats in 2011-12

Nov. 7, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball kicks off the 2012-13 season on Thursday night with a home exhibition contest against Wheeling Jesuit. The Bobcats and Cardinals will tip off at 7 p.m. inside The Convocation Center.

"I think the biggest thing is we've got to take care of ourselves," said Head Coach Semeka Randall. "We need to protect home court, to start that all over again this year. I'm looking for kids to compete for 40 minutes (on Thursday)."

Ohio returns a strong senior class of Tina Fisher, Ashley Fowler and Symone Lyles. In addition to the remainder of the returning student-athletes, this class will be joined by new additions Lexie Baldwin and Kiyanna Black.

"Ashley Fowler's leadership has been great at the start of the season," Randall added. "She realizes that this is her senior year and she wants to leave everything out on the court and give it to this team, and I respect her for wanting to do that."

Robert Schreier has been selected to broadcast the 2012-13 Ohio Women's Basketball season. Currently a student at Ohio University, Schreier brings significant sports broadcasting experience to the position. He currently serves as the sports talk host of The Sports Fan on local radio.

"This is the dream for me as a senior at Ohio," Schreier said. "I've been working on the broadcast since I was a freshman. I worked with (play-by-play analyst) Grant Burkhardt last season doing color commentary and this is the pinnacle position. I'm really excited about the opportunity to call collegiate basketball."

The 2012-13 radio broadcasting schedule will begin with Nov. 13's home opener against Cleveland State. Fans will be able to access the radio broadcasts via WOUB-AM 1340 and through a live link on OhioBobcats.com.

Wheeling Jesuit returns a young team which gained consider­able experience during the 2011-12 season. Emily Robinson leads the way for the Cardinals, having scored 10.3 points per game last season to earn WVIAC All-Freshman Team honors.

Wheeling Jesuit was picked to finish 12th in the WVIAC this season. The Cardinals finished with a record of 5-22 which included a 2-20 mark in league play.

Ohio's win over Kent State in the first round of the MAC Tourna­ment on March 3 was the 12th home victory of the 2011-12 season for the Bobcats. Twelve home wins is the highest single-season total since the 1985-86 campaign.

Ohio's 2011-12 season was one of the best defensive years in program history. The Bobcats collected 320 steals, a mark which ranks second all-time in Ohio Women's Basketball his­tory. The top mark (350) was set during the 2004-05 season.

The Bobcats connected on 145 three-point field goals during the 2011-12 season. This single-season total ranks eighth all-time in program history.

One of the biggest factors of Ohio's success in 2011-12 was getting to the free-throw line. The Bobcats made 410 free throws last season, a mark which ranks eighth in program history.

Ohio was picked to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference East Division this season in a poll voted on by media members and coaches from around the league. The Bobcats were projected to finish behind Miami, Bowling Green, and Akron, and ahead of Kent State and Buffalo.

In the West Division, Toledo was heavily favored. Central Michigan ranked second while Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, and Ball State rounded out the division.

Toledo was selected by 16 voters to be the Mid-American Conference Tournament champion. Central Michigan received 12 votes and Bowling Green received two.

The 2012-13 season will be the 40th season of the Ohio Women's Basketball Program. It will be the 32nd season during which the Bobcats have competed in the Mid-American Conference.

Heading into the 2012-13 season, three Bobcats are approaching career totals of 100 games played. Tina Fisher (93), Ashley Fowler (92), and Symone Lyles (89) are all very close to reaching triple digits.