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Bobcats Host UMass on Thursday Morning

Mariah Byard attempts a field goal against Duquesne on Sunday

Nov. 28, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball gets back in action on Thursday morning, hosting the University of Massachusetts at 11:30 a.m. The game will serve as the program’s annual Middle School Day.

Thursday’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 locally on WOUB-AM 1340. Robert Schreier (play-by-play) and Tyler Rosten (color) will be calling the action from The Convocation Center.

Ohio (1-3) is coming off a 62-55 loss to Duquesne on Sunday afternoon. Junior guard Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) scored a team-high 18 points and was joined in double figures by teammate Mariah Byard (10 points). The Bobcats held the lead throughout much of the first half, but a strong Duquesne team was able take control during the late stages of the game.

A Win on Thursday Would…
Be the 461st win in program history
Be the second win of the season
Improve the team to 2-3 on the year
Be Ohio’s first win over Massachusetts (second meeting)
Be Ohio’s sixth win in its last seven home games

Scouting the Minutewomen
Massachusetts enters Thursday’s contest the owner of a 1-5 record. The Minutewomen picked up a victory over Kent State in their opening game of the season and have since lost five in a row, falling to Central Connecticut, Quinnipiac, nationally-ranked Notre Dame, Hartford, and Holy Cross. UMass is 0-2 away from home during the 2012-13 season.

Jasmine Watson leads the way offensively for the Minute­women and can be counted upon for 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Emily Mital is not far behind, scoring 14.6 points per outing.

As a team, UMass shoots at a brisk clip of 46.2 percent from the field. The Minutewomen have connected on 42.3 percent of their attempts from three-point range to this point in the season. Massachusetts averages 4.0 blocks, 10.5 steals, and 25.8 turnovers per game.

Ohio – Massachusetts Series History
Thursday’s game will be just the second all-time meeting between Ohio and Massachusetts. The first and only meeting between the Bobcats and Minutewomen took place on Dec. 28, 1984 at the Syracuse University Carrier Classic. Massachu­setts earned a 60-44 victory over Ohio in this contest.

Dialed in from Distance
Ohio’s 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) performance from three-point distance against Duquesne was its best mark from beyond the arc since a November 24, 2009 win over Marshall. The Bobcats started the game against Duquesne connecting on their first four three-point field goal attempts.

Bench Contributions
Ohio received solid contributions from its non-starters on Sunday, as the Bobcat bench outscored its Duquesne counter­part, 14-8. Erin Bailes led Ohio’s reserves with six points while Kiyanna Black (four) and Lexie Baldwin (four) also chipped in.

Rebounding with Heart
Despite being the second shortest Bobcat to see the court against Duquesne, senior point guard Ashley Fowler grabbed seven total rebounds, the second most on the team. Fowler collected five defensive and two offensive boards against the Dukes.

Attack the Basket
Ohio has done a good job of getting to the free-throw line during the early stages of the 2012-13 season. The Bobcats have attempted 72 free throws in their four games, which is 16 more than their opponents.

Quick Hands
Ohio’s high-pressure defense continues to stack up well in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats nab an average of 10.5 steals per game, ranking fourth in the league as of games played Nov. 26.

Semeka Randall Radio Show to Begin December 3
Head Coach Semeka Randall’s radio show will begin on Monday, December 3 and will run until the end of February. The shows will begin at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on both WOUB-AM 1340 and through a live link on OhioBobcats.com. All shows will be held at Abrios Vera Cucina on East State Street.

Short Turnaround
Ohio has a short turnaround following its game against UMass, as the Bobcats will host Detroit on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.