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HOME OPENER: Bobcats Begin Season Tuesday Night

Shavon Robinson and her Bobcat teammates begin the 2012-13 season at home on Tuesday

Nov. 12, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball opens its 2012-13 season at home on Tuesday, hosting Cleveland State at The Convocation Center. The Bobcats and Vikings will tip off at 7 p.m.

Tuesday’s game will be available to fans through a variety of outlets. Fans can watch and listen to the game live by clicking one of the links above. In addition to this, it will be broadcast on WOUB-AM 1340. Robert Schreier (play-by-play) and Tyler Rosten (color) will be calling the action.

Ohio is coming off a 76-74 overtime exhibition victory over Wheeling Jesuit on Nov. 8. Mariah Byard led the Green and White with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. She was joined in double figures by Tina Fisher (14 points) and freshman Lexie Baldwin (11). The Bobcats did a good job of getting to the line in the exhibition, sinking 20 of their 26 free-throw attempts.

A Win on Tuesday Would…
Be the 460th win in program history
Be Ohio’s first season-opening win since the 2008-09 season
Be Ohio’s third straight win in a home opener
Be Ohio’s fifth straight home win (dating back to last season)
Be Ohio’s 13th win in its last 18 home games (dating back to last season)
Be Ohio’s 15th win over Cleveland State (22nd meeting)
Break a one-game losing streak to the Vikings

Scouting the Vikings
Cleveland State enters Tuesday’s game the owner of a 1-0 re­cord in 2012-13. The Vikings began the season on Friday night with a 60-46 victory over visiting South Dakota. Shalonda Winton led the way for CSU in the win, scoring 22 points and collecting 10 rebounds. She was followed closely by Honesty King, who added 18 points of her own.

Cleveland State finished the 2011-12 season with a 12-19 mark which included a 6-12 record in Horizon League play. The Vikings were selected to finish fifth of nine Horizon League teams this season and received one First Team All-League preseason selection in Shalonda Winton.

Ohio – Cleveland State Series History
Tuesday’s game will be the 22nd all-time meeting in the series between Ohio and Cleveland State. The Bobcats hold a 14-7 lead in the series which has its roots in the 1976-77 season. Ohio has lost two of the last three games in the series, falling most recently by a final score of 66-56 on December 5, 2011 in Cleveland. The Bobcats have never lost (8-0) at home to the Vikings.

Post Play
In a home exhibition win over Wheeling Jesuit, Ohio received strong performances from two of its post players. Tina Fisher scored 14 points and added eight rebounds while freshman Lexie Baldwin added 11 points and six boards.

Points off Turnovers
Ohio’s defense forced Wheeling Jesuit into 24 turnovers on Thursday night and earned an 18-point margin (27-9) in the ‘points off turnovers’ category.

Home Court Advantage
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.

Historic Defense
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.

Long-Range Attack
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.

Getting to the Line
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.

‘Cats Tabbed Fourth in Preseason Poll
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.