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Ohio Continues Homestand with Eastern Kentucky Thursday Night

Thursday's game will be the 100th in the career of senior forward Tina Fisher

Dec. 5, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball gets back in action on Thursday night, hosting the Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels at 7 p.m. in The Convocation Center. The game between the Bobcats and Lady Colonels will be the first meeting of the programs since the 1987-88 season.

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 (1-5) is coming off a 65-53 loss to Detroit on Dec. 2. The Bobcats relied upon 43 points from their bench, receiving great performances by Erin Bailes (19 points) and Kiyanna Black (15). Ohio was able to limit one of the nation’s top scorers in Shareta Brown, allowing her 19 points on 13 shots from the field. The Bobcats were out-rebounded by a 48-37 mark but committed a season-low seven turnovers in the contest.

The Bobcats encourage you to get into the holiday spirit on Thursday, as the game will serve as Toys for Tots/Canned Food Drive Day. Any fan who brings in a new, unwrapped toy OR a canned food item for donation will gain free admission to 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 2-5 on the year
Break a five-game losing streak
Be Ohio’s second win over Eastern Kentucky (fifth meeting)

Scouting the Lady Colonels
Eastern Kentucky enters Thursday’s game the owner of a 5-3 record. The Lady Colonels began their season on a three-game winning streak, earning victories over Miami (73-63 in OT), Kent State (56-42), and UNC Asheville (67-47). Following losses to Florida State, Milwaukee, and Louisville, Eastern Kentucky has won back-to-back games against Presbyterian College and Jackson State.

Marie Carpenter led the team in scoring with 27 points in the Lady Colonels’ first game of the season, a contest during which she broke her hand. Jade Barber and Brittany Coles have shoul­dered the better part of the offensive load in the meantime, averaging 12.9 and 10.3 points per game, respectively.

Eastern Kentucky reached the quarterfinal round of the 2011-12 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and was picked to finish second in the East Division in the league’s preseason poll.

Ohio – Eastern Kentucky Series History
Thursday’s game will be the fifth all-time meeting between Ohio and Eastern Kentucky. The Lady Colonels hold a 3-1 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1979-80 season. The teams have not met since Dec. 12, 1987, a game which Ohio won by a final count of 82-71. Ohio lost the only game ever played between the two teams at The Convocation Center, falling 74-64 on Feb. 22, 1982.

Century Mark
Three Bobcats are approaching career totals of 100 games played. Tina Fisher (99), Ashley Fowler (98), and Symone Lyles (95) are all very close to reaching triple digits.

Bombs from Bailes
After sinking four three-pointers and five total field goals during her first four appearances of the season, Erin Bailes lit up the scoreboard against Detroit. The junior guard connected on 7-of-15 field goals, including going 5-of-9 from three-point range, to score 19 points against the Titans.

Career Day
Freshman guard Kiyanna Black had the quintessential ‘career day’ against Massachusetts. Black set career highs in the fol­lowing nine statistical categories: points (21), assists (5), steals (4), field goals made (9), field goals attempted (20), minutes played (27), free throw attempts (4), free throws made (3), and three-point field goal attempts (3).

Significant Improvement
Kiyanna Black’s 21 points against UMass doubled her prior season total. In her first four games, Black was averaging 5.3 points per game. Her performances against the Minutewomen (21 points) and Titans (15 points) have bumped up her scoring average to 9.5 per outing.

Making Them Count
As of games played Dec. 2, Ohio holds the top free throw percentage in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats have connected on 68 of their 91 free-throw attempts in 2012-13, operating at a clip of 74.7 percent.

Bench Bunch
Ohio’s bench massively outscored its Detroit counterpart on Dec. 2. The Bobcat reserves scored 43 points compared to just four for the Titans.

Fan Support
Through four home games in 2012-13, Ohio has welcomed 3,556 fans to The Convocation Center for an average of 889 per contest. This is 25 percent higher than the average attendance through the first four games of 2011-12.

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.