Dec. 7, 2012
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ATHENS, Ohio - Fresh off a hard-fought 69-58 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night, Ohio Women's Basketball closes its longest homestand of the season on Sunday by hosting Morehead State. The Bobcats and Eagles will tip off from The Convocation Center at 2 p.m.
Sunday'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, 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 Convo.
Ohio (2-5) snapped a five-game losing streak on Thursday night, battling past the visiting Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels by a final score of 69-58. Four Bobcats scored in double figures during the victory as Ohio gutted out an impressive result, out-rebounding the Lady Colonels while also winning the `points in the paint' battle. Ohio did a tremendous job of getting to the free-throw line on Thursday, improving its Mid-American Conference best free throw percentage by hitting 22-of-29 shots (75.9 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Bobcats encourage you to get into the holiday spirit on Sunday, as the game will serve as another Toys for Tots/Canned Food Drive Day. Any fans who bring in a new, unwrapped toy or a canned food item for donation will gain free admission to the game. The game will also function as Public Service Day, meaning that all active-duty military personnel, veterans, police, EMT, fire, and first-responders will be granted free admission.
A Win on Sunday Would...
Be the 462nd win in program history
Be the third win of the season
Begin the first winning streak of the season
Improve the team to 3-5 on the year
Be Ohio's third win over Morehead State (10th meeting)
Scouting the Eagles
Morehead State enters Sunday's game the owner of a 1-7 record. The Eagles began the season 1-1 (beating Kennesaw State) and have since dropped six in a row, losing to Northern Illinois, Xavier, Kentucky, Cincinnati, East Tennessee, and Western Kentucky. MSU averages 46.5 points per game while allowing 63.4 from its opponents. The Eagles shoot 32.4 percent from the field and have averaged 17 fewer rebounds per game than their opponents.
Morehead State's 2011-12 season came to an end in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, as the Eagles fell in double overtime, 84-83, to Austin Peay. The Eagles were projected to finish fourth in the OVC East Division at the outset of this season.
Ohio - Morehead State Series History
Sunday's game will be the 10th all-time meeting between Ohio and Morehead State. The Eagles hold a 7-2 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1980-81 season. Ohio has lost the last two games of the series, including dropping its season-opener at MSU by a final score of 62-57 on Nov. 13 of last year.
In four games played between the programs at The Convocation Center, Ohio is 1-3 all-time. The Bobcats last beat the Eagles in Athens on Dec. 30, 2007, earning a lopsided 76-54 victory.
Ohio's win over Eastern Kentucky marked the 100th game of senior forward Tina Fisher's college career. Ashley Fowler (99 games played) and Symone Lyles (96) are both very close to joining Fisher in this elite group.
In their first starts of the season, Erin Bailes and Kiyanna Black had strong outings in the win over Eastern Kentucky. Bailes scored 12 points and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds while Black scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds, and snagged four steals. The start was the first of Black's career.
Attacking the Glass
Ohio out-rebounded a physical Eastern Kentucky team on Dec. 6. The Bobcats collected 45 rebounds to the Lady Colonels' 44, marking the first time this season they have out-rebounded their opponents. This was also the first time Ohio had collected 45 rebounds or more since a Dec. 19, 2011 double-overtime win over Xavier.
Specialty Stat Dominance
The Bobcats dominated the `specialty stat' portion of the Dec. 6 win over Eastern Kentucky. Ohio won the following battles against the Lady Colonels: points in the paint (26-24), points off turnovers (22-14), second chance points (12-10), fast break points (16-2), and bench points (18-13).
Eastern Kentucky shot 13-of-27 (48.1 percent) in the first half of Ohio's Dec. 6 victory. The Bobcats clamped down defensively in the second half, only allowing the Lady Colonels to shoot 10-of-38 (26.3 percent) over the final 20 minutes of play.