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OHIOBOBCATS.COM First-year head coach Bob Boldon has the Ohio women's basketball team off to its best start since the 2006-07 season.
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First-year head coach Bob Boldon has the Ohio women's basketball team off to its best start since the 2006-07 season.
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Nov. 29, 2013

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CAROLINA, Puerto Rico -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (3-1) opens play at the 2013 San Juan Shootout in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, on Friday at Mario Morales Coliseum, squaring off with the University of Illinois-Chicago (3-2). Tip time is slated for 1 p.m. ET.

The Bobcats will square off with the No. 8-ranked University of Maryland on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET to conclude their visit to Puerto Rico.

There will be no gametracker, live video stream or radio broadcast of this weekend's games. Please follow @OhioWBasketball for in-game updates and check out OhioBobcats.com at the conclusion of each contest for a game recap. 

- Ohio jumped out to a 10-point halftime lead and held on to edge Eastern Kentucky University, 60-52, last Saturday at McBrayer Arena in Richmond, Ky.

Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points, marking the second time this season she has hit double figures and 22nd time in her career. She went 4-for-9 from behind the arc.

Black, who scored a career-high 35 points and hit eight threes in the 94-88 season-opening triumph over Xavier on Nov. 10 at the Convocation Center in Athens, shrugged off two tough shooting performances at Morehead State and at Louisville to come up with several clutch shots at Eastern Kentucky.

None of Black's treys were bigger than the one she knocked down with 2:26 to play, which put an end to a 16-8 run by the Lady Colonels and increased Ohio's lead to 56-50.

Black has played in all four games off the bench and leads team in points per game (16.8), field goal attempts per game (13.8), field goals made per game (5.3), three-point field goal attempts per game (8.3) and three-point field goals made per game (3.3) and is tied with freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) for the team lead in steals per game (1.8).

Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) finished with a career-high 11 points. She also tallied a team-high four assists to match her career high. Yelle has started three of Ohio's four games at guard in 2013-14.

Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) scored nine points - including two treys - and hauled in a career-high six rebounds. Byard has started all four games at guard and ranks second on the team in points per game (10.0), field goal attempts per game (8.0), field goals made per game (2.8), three-point field goal attempts per game (6.8), three-point field goals made per game (2.3), free throw percentage (.750) and minutes per game (28.3).

Freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) tallied a career-high nine points.

Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) pulled down a team-high seven boards and matched her career high with three blocks.

- The Bobcats are off to their best start since opening the 2006-07 campaign with a 5-0 mark.

- Ohio concluded its three-game swing through the Bluegrass State with a 2-1 record courtesy of the victory at Eastern Kentucky. The Bobcats bested Morehead State in overtime, 64-56, before falling to No. 3/4 Louisville, 90-33.

- Ohio and UIC square off for the first time on Friday.

- The Bobcats are playing games away from the United States mainland for the first time since participating in the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic in November of 2008. 

- Ohio is currently ranked No. 20 in the 2013-14 NCAA Women's Basketball RPI (0.6588).

- Ohio is 2-0 in 2013-14 when leading at halftime. 

- 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, on Nov. 16 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.

- 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.

- 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.

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