Dec. 4, 2013
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CLEVELAND -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (3-3) wraps up its six-game stretch away from Athens on Thursday as the Bobcats battle Cleveland State University (3-4) at the Wolstein Center. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.
- Ohio owns a 15-7 lead in the all-time series against Cleveland State. The Bobcats and Vikings square off for the 11th straight season. Ohio is 8-2 against Cleveland State in the last 10 years. Ohio took nine straight from Cleveland State between 1984 and 2008.
The Last Meeting
November 13, 2012
Bobcats Begin Season with 63-56 Win over Vikings
Ohio Women's Basketball won its season opener by erasing a second-half deficit and earning a 63-56 win over Cleveland State on Tuesday evening. Shavon Robinson, Mariah Byard and Tina Fisher all reached double figures as the Bobcats won their second straight home opener and first season opener since 2008.
The Bobcats erased a second-half deficit to earn a 63-56 victory over Cleveland State in the 2012-13 season opener on Nov. 13, 2012, at the Convocation Center. Then-sophomore guard Mariah Byard
(Mannington, W. Va.) chipped in 13 points while then-freshman forward Lexie Baldwin
(Hattiesburg, Miss.) added seven points and seven rebounds in her collegiate debut.
The Bobcats and Vikings last met in Cleveland on Dec. 11, 2011, with Cleveland State posting a 66-56 win.
- The Bobcats opened the 2013-14 campaign with a 2-0 mark after downing Xavier, 94-88, in the season opener on Nov. 10 at the Convo and edging Morehead State, 64-56, in overtime on Nov. 16 in Kentucky.
Since then, the Bobcats are 1-3, falling at No. 3/4 Louisville, 90-33, on Nov. 21, topping Eastern Kentucky, 60-52, on Nov. 23 and losing to Illinois at Chicago (76-67, Nov. 29) and No. 8 Maryland (84-60, Nov. 30) at the 2013 San Juan Shootout in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
- The Bobcats will play five games in the month of December -- four of which will be played away from Athens -- to close out the non-conference portion of the 2013-14 schedule.
After visiting Cleveland State, Ohio welcomes Notre Dame (OH) on Dec. 14 in its only home game during the final month of the calendar year. The Bobcats then travel to Greenville, N.C., to square off against East Carolina. Ohio closes December by taking part in the JMU Invitational (Dec. 29-30) in Harrisonburg, Va.
- Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) enters Thursday's contest at Cleveland State as Ohio's top scorer, averaging a team-high 13.7 points off the bench through six games.
She has reached double figures in three games and has scored 20 or more points twice -- including a career-high 35 in Ohio's season-opening win at Xavier. Black's eight treys in that contest tied her with Cathy Zsall for second-most in a single game in school history. She shot 11-for-19 from the field.
Black leads team in points per game (13.7), field goal attempts per game (13.2), field goals made per game (4.3), three-point field goal attempts per game (8.3) and three-point field goals made per game (2.7).
- The Bobcats went 0-2 on their Thanksgiving break trip to Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, for the 2013 San Juan Shootout at Mario Morales Coliseum.
The Bobcats overcame a 13-point first-half deficit but ultimately fell to UIC, 76-67, last Friday (Nov. 29) in the opening game of the Shootout.
- Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) knocked down a game-high four treys and tied freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) for the Ohio lead with 18 points, which were a career high for Boesinger. Boesinger also led the Bobcats with five rebounds. Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) set a new career high with a game-high five assists.
Ohio fell to No. 8-ranked Maryland, 84-60, last Saturday (Nov. 30), marking the second time in four games the Bobcats squared off against a top-eight opponent.
Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) and Black each scored 12 points to pace Ohio. Yelle reached double figures for the second time in the last three games, chipping in 10 points. Baldwin matched freshman forward Jasmine Weatherspoon (Columbus, Ohio) for the team lead in rebounds with five. Freshman guard Yamonie Jenkins (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) led the Bobcats with a career-high five assists.