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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Ohio's Shavon Robinson
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Ohio's Shavon Robinson
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Dec. 2, 2011

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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball packs up and hits the road for its second trip of the season, as the Bobcats are scheduled to play at Duquesne on Saturday and at Cleveland State on Monday. Saturday’s contest will tip off at 2 p.m. from Pittsburgh, Pa. while the Monday game against Cleveland State will begin at 7 p.m.

Following an impressive three-game winning streak, the Bobcats (3-2) dropped the last contest of a four-game home stand, losing 56-51 to UNC-Wilmington on Wednesday. Ohio got off to a fast start and furiously fought back to try and pull level at the end of the game, but a 17-1 run by the Seahawks near the end of the first half proved to be too much to overcome.

Scouting the Dukes
Duquesne has started the 2011-12 season with a bang, winning four of its first five games. The Dukes have been shooting the lights out in these contests, averaging 80.4 points per game on .463 shooting from the field.

Defensively, Duquesne has only allowed opponents to score 64.2 points per game but is conceding a shooting percentage of .454 inside the arc and .424 from distance.

The Dukes’ scoring attack has been balanced and effective so far this season. Three players are averaging double figures, as Alex Gensler, Wumi Agunblade and Vanessa Abel can be relied upon for 19.6, 16.6 and 11.6 points per game, respectively.

Ohio – Duquesne Series History
Ohio and Duquesne have met eight times in program history. The Dukes hold a 6-2 edge in the series which dates back to the 1987-88 season. Duquesne has won the last four meetings between the teams, most recently winning 82-52 in Athens on Dec. 16, 2010. Ohio has never won at Duquesne, posting an 0-4 record in four previous Pittsburgh meetings.

Scouting the Vikings
Cleveland State is the owner of 2-4 record before Monday’s contest with the Bobcats. The Vikings have picked up wins over Tennessee State (74-56) and Western Michigan (72-66, OT) while falling to Illinois (72-42), Fordham (52-43), Cornell (79-59) and Akron (84-74). Cleveland State is averaging 60.7 points per game while allowing 68.2. The Vikings have had a few defensive struggles in 2011-12, allowing opponents to shoot .452 from the floor.

Much like Duquesne, Cleveland State is led by three players who average double figures each game. Destinee Blue, Shalonda Winton and Takima Keane account for 14.2, 11.8 and 11.3 points per game, respectively.

Ohio – Cleveland State Series History
Monday’s game will be the 21st meeting between Ohio and Cleveland State. The Bobcats hold a significant edge in the series, having won 14 of 20 games in a series that dates back to 1976-77. Recent history has been kind to the Bobcats in this series, as Ohio has won 10 of the last 11 meetings. The most recent contest between the two was a Dec. 21 Ohio win (57-45) in Athens.

Nearly Doubled
The Bobcats have made their way to the free-throw line nearly twice as often as their opponents in 2011-12. Ohio has attempted 95 free throws this season while limiting opponents to only 53.

Accurate Fisher
Ohio forward Tina Fisher has been very reliable through five games in the 2011-12 season. She has converted 14 of her 28 field-goal attempts to shoot .500, which is the highest mark on the team.

Making them Count
Ohio was very effective at getting to the free-throw line against the Seahawks on Wednesday. The Bobcats converted 13 of their 16 attempts from the charity stripe, shooting 81.3 percent for the game.

Stepping Up
In the absence of offensive threats Tenishia Benson and Porsha Harris, Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) has stepped up to become a consistent scorer for the Bobcats. The sophomore has scored 12 points or more in two of Ohio’s last three games.

Logging Minutes
Three Bobcats logged career highs in minutes on Wednesday against UNC-Wilmington. Symone Lyles led the way with 35 minutes while Kat Yelle and Tina Fisher were not far behind, playing 31 and 30 minutes, respectively.