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Bobcats Renew Regional Rivalry with Thundering Herd Saturday

Mariah Byard was one of four Bobcats to score in double figures in Ohio's win over Morehead State

Dec. 13, 2012

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The Last Meeting
November 19, 2011
Athens, Ohio
Bobcats Thunder Past `Herd, 68-56
Ohio Women's Basketball picked up its first win of the season on Saturday, defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd by a final score of 68-56 in the Convocation Center. Two Bobcats finished with double-doubles and Ohio never played from behind during the victory.

ATHENS, Ohio – For the first time in a month, Ohio Women’s Basketball hits the road to continue its non-conference schedule. Next up for the Bobcats is a Saturday trip to Huntington, W.Va., to face off against the Thundering Herd at 2 p.m.

Fans can follow the game via the two links provided above. In addition to being available via Gametracker, Ohio’s game will be broadcast online and locally on WOUB-AM 1340. Robert Schreier (play-by-play) and Tyler Rosten (color) will be calling the action from The Cam Henderson Center in Huntington.

Ohio (3-5) is coming off a two-game winning streak which saw it earn important victories over Eastern Kentucky (69-58) and Morehead State (79-72 in OT). The Bobcats finished the final two games of their longest homestand of the 2012-13 season by collecting a combined 85 rebounds, successfully hitting 41 free throws, and sinking 13 shots from beyond the three-point arc.

A Win on Saturday Would…
Be the 463rd win in program history
Be the fourth win of the season
Be Ohio’s first road win of the season (second road game)
Mark Ohio’s first three-game winning streak since Nov. 2011
Improve the team to 4-5 on the year
Be Ohio’s 25th win over Marshall (39th meeting)
Be Ohio’s fifth straight win over Marshall
Be Ohio’s sixth win in its last seven meetings with Marshall

Scouting the Thundering Herd
Marshall enters Saturday’s game the owner of a 5-4 record. The Thundering Herd has not yet won or lost consecutive games this season, alternating every win and loss. Marshall is coming off a 70-66 win at Southern Illinois on Dec. 8.

Shay Weaver leads the way offensively for Marshall, averaging 11.8 points per game. She is trailed closely by Chukwuka Ezeigbo, who can be counted upon for 9.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest.

Marshall has proven to be a solid rebounding team in 2012-13, pulling down 4.4 more boards per game than its opponents. The Thundering Herd plays well at home, having posted a 2-0 record in Huntington.

Ohio – Marshall Series History
Saturday’s game will be the 39th all-time meeting between Ohio and Marshall. Ohio holds a 24-14 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1973-74 season. The Bobcats have won the last four meetings and five of the last six contests between the teams, most recently beating the Thundering Herd in Athens last season by a score of 68-56.

In 19 all-time meetings between the programs in Huntington, Ohio holds a 10-9 advantage.

Assistance Given
Ohio recorded a season-high 17 assists in its win over More­head State on Dec. 9. This was the highest single-game assist total for the Bobcats since a Feb. 11, 2012 win over Ball State.

Complete Game
Senior point guard Ashley Fowler had a very strong all-around game in the win over Morehead State. Fowler scored nine points, collected seven rebounds, dished out six assists, made two blocks, and swiped two steals while playing 42 of the game’s 45 minutes.

Dangerous from Distance
Ohio made 10 three-point field goals in its win over Morehead State. This is the highest single-game total since the team hit 11 three-pointers in a 58-40 win over Kent State in the first round of last season’s Mid-American Conference Tournament.

When it Matters Most
Ohio’s win against Morehead State makes the team a perfect 3-0 in its last three overtime games. This streak began with an 80-75 overtime win against Xavier on Dec. 19, 2011.

Block Party
The Bobcats swatted a season-high six shots in the win over Morehead State. Ashley Fowler and Lexie Baldwin led the way in this statistical category, each getting a hand on two Eagle shots.

Century Mark
Ohio’s win over Morehead State marked the 100th game of senior guard Ashley Fowler’s college career. Symone Lyles (97 games played) is very close to joining Tina Fisher (101) and Fowler in this elite group.

Attacking the Glass
After being out-rebounded by the opposition in its first six games of the season, Ohio has won the battle of the boards in each of its last two contests. The Bobcats are 2-0 when they collect more rebounds than their opponents.