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Ohio Women's Basketball Concludes Bluegrass State Swing at Eastern Kentucky

Freshman forward Destini Cooper leads the Bobcats in rebounds per game and minutes per game.

Nov. 23, 2013

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RICHMOND, Ky. -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (2-1) concludes its three-game road swing through the Bluegrass State when it visits Eastern Kentucky (3-2) on Saturday at McBrayer Arena. Tip time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Michael Garr will have the radio call on WOUB-AM 1340.

- Ohio is 2-3 all-time against Eastern Kentucky but carries a two-game winning streak over the Lady Colonels into Saturday's matchup -- including a 69-58 victory last season at the Convocation Center in Athens on Dec. 6, 2012. Then-freshman guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) tallied 13 points in the win.

- The Bobcats will spend Thanksgiving break in Puerto Rico, taking part in the San Juan Shootout. Ohio will face UIC on Nov. 29 before squaring off with No. 8 Maryland the following day.

- The Bobcats suffered their first loss of the 2013-14 season on Thursday, falling to No. 3/4 Louisville, 90-33, at the KFC Yum! Center.

- Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) led the Bobcats with 13 points in the loss at Louisville, reaching double figures for the first time in her career. She went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe. Lampkins has started all three games at guard and leads the team in free throw percentage (.833) and steals per game (2.0). She also ranks third on the team in rebounds per game (4.0). Lampkins finished with a career-high seven points and seven rebounds to tie freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) for the team lead in last Saturday's 64-56 overtime win at Morehead State. She also tied sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) with a team-high four steals.

- Freshmen forwards Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) and Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) tied for the team lead with six rebounds apiece in the loss at Louisville. Cooper has started all three games at forward and leads the team in rebounds per game (8.3) and minutes per game (33.7). She 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 on Nov. 10 at the Convocation Center in Athens.

- The Bobcats 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.

- Ohio is currently ranked No. 11 in the 2013-14 NCAA Women's Basketball RPI (0.7368).

- 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, 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.

- 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. She has started all three games at forward and leads the team in field goal percentage (.556).

- 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. She has played in all three games off the bench and leads the team in points per game (15.7), field goal attempts per game (13.0), field goals made per game (4.7), three-point field goals made per game (3.0) and free throw attempts per game (5.7). Black is tied with sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) for the team lead in free throws made per game (3.3) and is tied with junior guard Mariah Byard (North Marion, W. Va.) for the team lead in three-point field goal attempts per game (8.0) She also ranks second on the team in steals per game (1.3) and ranks third on the team in minutes per game (27.3).

- 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 has started all three games at guard and is tied with sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) for the team lead in three point attempts per game (8.0). Byard also ranks second on the team in assists per game (2.0), three-point field goals made per game (2.3), field goal attempts per game (9.0), free throw percentage (.750) and minutes per game (29.0) and ranks third on the team in points per game (10.3).

- 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).

- Ohio added prep forward Kelly Karlis (Medinah, Ill.) as part of the early signing period of its 2014-15 recruiting class. A 6'2" wing, Karlis is currently a senior at Montini Catholic High School. She is rated at a score of 89 on the ESPN's High School Girls' Basketball list. ESPN tabbed Karlis as the 53rd-best wing in the nation while the All Star Girls Report ranked her as the 264th-best recruit. In 2012-13, she led the Lady Broncos to a 35-2 record and a trip to the Illinois 3A State Championship semifinals. Under head coach Jason Nichols, Karlis averaged 7.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a junior last year and earned all-conference and all-area honors for her efforts. She has also competed for Illinois Lady Lightning Basketball for six years under head coach Mike Seberger.

- 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.

- 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.