Nov. 20, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (2-0) continues its three-game road swing through the state of Kentucky as it visits No. 3/4 Louisville (4-0) on Thursday at the KFC Yum! Center. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Michael Garr will have the radio call on WOUB-AM 1340.
- The Bobcats have opened the 2013-14 season with a 2-0 record, marking the first time the program has achieved such a feat since the 2006-07 campaign.
The Last Meeting
November 14, 2010
`Cats Fall to Louisville in Season Opener
Tenishia Benson enjoyed an impressive Bobcat debut, scoring a game-high 16 points and tying a game-high eight rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Ohio dropped its 2010-11 season opener to BIG EAST power Louisville, 84-47, Sunday in the Convocation Center.
- Ohio is currently ranked No. 4 in the 2013-14 NCAA Women's Basketball RPI (0.8229).
- The Bobcats are currently in the midst of a six-game stretch of games away from the Convocation Center. Ohio will not play in Athens again until Dec. 14 when the Bobcats play host to Notre Dame (OH).
- Ohio rallied to force overtime, then beat Morehead State University (2-2), 64-56, last Saturday at Johnson Arena. Ohio outscored Morehead State, 16-8, in the extra period. Ohio defeated the Eagles in overtime for the second straight year.
- First-year Ohio head coach Bob Boldon earned career coaching win No. 100 with the victory at Morehead State.
- Ohio is 0-1 all-time against Louisville, dropping an 84-47 decision in the 2010-11 season opener on Nov. 14, 2010, at the Convo. The Cardinals shot 51 percent from the field and took advantage of 26 points offf turnovers.
- Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) led the way in Ohio's overtime win at Morehead State with a career-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks. She went a career-best 8-for-10 from the free throw line and finished in double figures for the second straight game. Baldwin compiled 10 points and eight rebounds in Ohio's 94-88 season-opening win against Xavier on Nov. 10 at the Convo.
- Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahnna, Ohio) finished with a career-high seven points and seven rebounds to tie freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) for the team lead in the overtime win at Morehead State. She also tied sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) with a team-high four steals. Lampkins has started both games at guard in 2013-14 for the Bobcats.
- Coming off the bench, sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) scored a career-high 35 points -- including eight three-pointers -- to help Ohio outduel Xavier, 94-88, in the 2013-14 season opener on Nov. 10 at the Convo. Black's 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.
- Junior guard Mariah Byard (North Marion, W. Va.) fired three three-pointers in the season-opening victory over Xavier to finish with 16 points. She also dished out four assists. Byard followed that performance up by knocking down three treys in the overtime win at Morehead State and finished in double figures for the second straight game with 12 points. She currently ranks second on the squad in assists per game (3.0) and minutes per game (34.5) and third on the squad in scoring (14.0).
- The season-opening triumph over Xavier marked the debut of Bob Boldon as head coach of the Bobcats. With six years of head coaching experience, Boldon is the 10th head coach in school history.
- The victory over Xavier marked Ohio's fourth consecutive win in a season-opener.
- The season-opening win over Xavier marked the first time Ohio surpassed 90 points in a regular season game since 2008 (Western Michigan).
- Freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) posted a double-double in her Bobcat debut, tallying 17 points and grabbing a game-high 12 boards in the season-opening win over Xavier.
- First-year head coach Bob Boldon comes to Athens after spending the last three years of his head coaching career at Youngstown State. The Northeast Ohio native inherited a program which had posted a 0-30 record during the 2009-10 season and turned it into a Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) participant at the end of the 2012-13 season, posting two double-digit win seasons and one 23-win campaign along the way.
- Boldon brought three of his assistant coaches with him from Youngstown State to Athens -- Tavares Jackson, Kate Schrader and Mary Evans.
- Jackson was a big part of a YSU offense which finished the 2011-12 season ranked fifth in the nation with 9.2 three-pointers made per game, and one which was also one of just 10 teams in the country to make at least 16 three-pointers in a game during the year. Jackson served as the recruiting coordinator under Boldon at Youngstown State and also assisted with on-floor coaching, game preparation, scheduling, and the program's camp series.
- A player of legend at Florida Gulf Coast, Schrader was reunited with Boldon at Youngstown State following his days as an assistant with FGCU. Behind a motion offense that was geared towards shooting open three-pointers and driving for layups, Schrader helped Boldon develop YSU into one of the top offensive teams in the Horizon League.
- Evans comes to Athens with 10 years of experience at the Division I level, including five at her alma mater, Georgia Southern University. She also coached in the Big East at Seton Hall for four years, helping the Pirates earn two WNIT berths.
- Ohio has been picked to finish fifth in the Mid-American Conference East Division in 2013-14, as voted on by the conference's coaches.
- A matchup against Final Four participant Louisville and a non-conference tournament in Puerto Rico highlight Ohio women's basketball's 2013-14 schedule.
- Ohio will play a televised game on the Time Warner Cable Sports Network in 2014 as part of the Mid-American Conference's Basketball Regional TV Package, the conference announced Tuesday. The Bobcats will host Eastern Michigan on Feb. 9 at the Convocation Center in its televised matchup. The opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. The MAC will televise 16 women's basketball regular season games as well as the 2014 MAC Tournament semifinals and championship game as part of the package. All games will be produced in high definition, distributed by TWC in Ohio and New York, and offered to ESPN for inclusion on ESPN3, Watch ESPN and ESPN Full Court.
- Guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) was named to the 2012-13 Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team last season. Black played in all 29 games last season, starting 17. She was Ohio's third leading scorer with 9.6 points per game and finished second on the team in total points scored with 279. Black scored a career high 26 points at Miami on Jan. 17 and scored at least one point in 27 of Ohio's 29 games on the year.
- Guard Mariah Byard (North Marion, W. Va.) earned a spot on the 2012-13 Mid-American Conference Academic Team. A Nursing major with an impressive grade-point average of 3.843, Byard was named to the Dean's List for the 2012 fall semester. She played in 24 games -- starting six -- and ranked second on the team in three-pointers made, hitting 35 of 112 attempts (31.3 percent). Byard scored in double figures on six occasions during the 2012-13 season.