Dec. 13, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (3-4) returns to the Convocation Center for the first time since November 10, hosting Notre Dame College (5-1) on Saturday (Dec. 14) in the opening game of a hoops doubleheader.
Tip time is scheduled for 11 a.m. EST. Jacob Corrigan and Michael Garr will have the call of the game on WOUB-AM 1340.
The Ohio men's team will take on Alabama A&M at 2 p.m. EST.
- Ohio and Notre Dame College will be squaring off for the first time. The Falcons compete in NCAA Division II out of the Mountain East Conference.
Notre Dame College, which enters Saturday's matchup on a three-game winning streak, is led by third-year head coach Katie Hine. Redshirt sophomore guard Martha Nagbe leads the Falcons with 21.3 points per game.
- After opening the 2013-14 campaign with a 3-1 mark, Ohio has dropped three in a row.
- The Bobcats wrapped up a six-game road swing in which they finished 2-4 with a 76-64 loss at Cleveland State last Thursday (Dec. 5) at the Wolstein Center.
Ohio built a 10-point first-half lead, but the Vikings rallied to secure the win.
Three players achieved double figures in scoring for Ohio, and the Bobcats won both the rebounding (51-29) and points in the paint (30-14) battles. The 51 rebounds marked the most for Ohio since the Bobcats hauled in 52 boards on Nov. 26, 2011, against Chicago State.
Unfortunately for Ohio, Cleveland State knocked down 11 treys, went 21-for-25 (84%) from the free throw line and scored 23 points off turnovers to capture the victory.
- 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.
Following Saturday's contest against Notre Dame College, the Bobcats travel to Greenville, N.C., to square off against East Carolina on Dec. 20. Ohio closes December by taking part in the JMU Invitational (Dec. 29-30) in Harrisonburg, Va.
- Ohio is currently ranked 85th in RPI (0.5628), which is good for fourth among Mid-American Conference squads.
- Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) is Ohio's top scorer, averaging a team-high 13.0 points off the bench through seven 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 also leads team in field goal attempts per game (13.4), field goals made per game (4.3) and three-point field goal attempts per game (8.4) and ranks second on the team and tied for fifth in the conference with 2.4 three-point field goals made per game (2.4).
Black came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points as Ohio jumped out to a 10-point halftime lead and held on to edge Eastern Kentucky, 60-52, on Nov. 23 in Richmond, Ky. . She went 4-for-9 from behind the arc. None of Black's treys were bigger than the one she knocked down with 2:26 to play, which put an end to a 16-8 run by the Lady Colonels and increased Ohio's lead to 56-50.
Black has started 17 of the 36 career games she's played in, totaling 370 points (10.3 per game). She is a career .317 shooter -- including .247 from three-point range. She has reached double figures in scoring 17 times in her career and has scored at least one point in 34 of 36 career games.
- Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) nailed four treys and led the Bobcats with 16 points, marking a team-high fourth time this season she's reached double figures..
Byard has made a career-high seven starts at guard, averaging a team-high 28.9 minutes per contest. She ranks fourth in the conference with 2.6 three-point field goals made per game and ranks second on the team with 11.0 points per game, 9.1 field goal attempts per game, 3.3 field goals made per game and 7.6 three-point field goal attempts per game.
Byard knocked down a game-high four treys and tied freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) for the Ohio lead with a season-high 18 points against UIC in the opening game of the 2013 San Juan Shootout on Nov. 29 at Mario Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
Byard has started 18 of the 63 career games she has played in, compiling 441 points (7.0 per game), 94 assists and 39 steals. She is a career .319 shooter -- including .326 from behind the arc.
- Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) achieved her first career double-double with a career-high 15 points and 11 rebounds at Cleveland State.
Lampkins has started all seven games at guard, averaging 27.4 minutes per contest, which ranks third on the team. She ranks third on the team with 8.3 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring twice. She leads the team in free throw percentage (.690), free throws made per game (2.9) and steals per game (1.7).
- Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) scored 10 points at Cleveland State, marking the third time in the last four games she has hit double digits. She also handed out a team-high four assists and hauled in seven rebounds.
Yelle has appeared in all seven games, making six starts at guard, averaging 24.0 minutes per contest. She is averaging 7.6 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring three times. Yelle leads the team with 2.9 assists per game and has led the team in assists three times.
Yelle has started 17 of the 21 career games she's appeared in. She has tallied 101 points (4.8 per game), 49 assists and 26 steals and is a career .359 shooter.
- 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, on Nov. 29 in the opening game of the Shootout. Ohio then fell to the No. 8-ranked University of Maryland (7-1), 84-60, the following day.
The trip to Puerto Rico marked the first time the Bobcats played games away from the United States mainland since participating in the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic in November of 2008.
- Ohio played two top-eight ranked teams in the span of four games in November, falling to No. 3/4 Louisville, 90-33, on Nov. 21, and dropping an 84-60 decision to No. 8 Maryland, 84-60, in its final game of the 2013 San Juan Shootout in Guaynabo, Puerto Rioc.
- The Bobcats opened the 2013-14 season with a 2-0 record, marking the first time the program has achieved such a feat since the 2006-07 campaign.
- Ohio rallied to force overtime, then beat Morehead State University, 64-56, on Nov. 16 at Johnson Arena. Ohio outscored Morehead State, 16-8, in the extra period. Ohio defeated the Eagles in overtime for the second straight year.
- First-year Ohio head coach Bob Boldon earned career coaching win No. 100 with the victory at Morehead State.
- Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) led the way in Ohio's overtime win at Morehead State with a career-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks. She went a career-best 8-for-10 from the free throw line and finished in double figures for the second straight game. Baldwin compiled 10 points and eight rebounds in Ohio's 94-88 season-opening win against Xavier on Nov. 10 at the Convo.
Baldwin has started all seven games at forward, averaging 22.1 minutes per contest. She is averaging 7.3 points per game, has reached double figures in scoring three times and has led the team in scoring twice. She leads the team in field goal percentage (.567), three-point field goal percentage (.500) and blocks per game (0.9).
Baldwin has started 10 of the 36 career games she's played in, compiling 213 points (5.9 per game), 190 rebounds (5.3 per game) and 31 blocks. She has reached double figures in scoring eight times in her career.
- The season-opening triumph over Xavier marked the debut of Bob Boldon as head coach of the Bobcats. With six years of head coaching experience, Boldon is the 10th head coach in school history.
- The victory over Xavier marked Ohio's fourth consecutive win in a season-opener.
- The season-opening win over Xavier marked the first time Ohio surpassed 90 points in a regular season game since 2008 (Western Michigan).
- Ohio added prep forward Kelly Karlis (Medinah, Ill.) as part of the early signing period of its 2014-15 recruiting class. A 6'2" wing, Karlis is currently a senior at Montini Catholic High School. She is rated at a score of 89 on the ESPN's High School Girls' Basketball list. ESPN tabbed Karlis as the 53rd-best wing in the nation while the All Star Girls Report ranked her as the 264th-best recruit. In 2012-13, she led the Lady Broncos to a 35-2 record and a trip to the Illinois 3A State Championship semifinals. Under head coach Jason Nichols, Karlis averaged 7.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a junior last year and earned all-conference and all-area honors for her efforts. She has also competed for Illinois Lady Lightning Basketball for six years under head coach Mike Seberger.
- First-year head coach Bob Boldon comes to Athens after spending the last three years of his head coaching career at Youngstown State. The Northeast Ohio native inherited a program which had posted a 0-30 record during the 2009-10 season and turned it into a Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) participant at the end of the 2012-13 season, posting two double-digit win seasons and one 23-win campaign along the way.
- Boldon brought three of his assistant coaches with him from Youngstown State to Athens -- Tavares Jackson, Kate Schrader and Mary Evans.
- Jackson was a big part of a YSU offense which finished the 2011-12 season ranked fifth in the nation with 9.2 three-pointers made per game, and one which was also one of just 10 teams in the country to make at least 16 three-pointers in a game during the year. Jackson served as the recruiting coordinator under Boldon at Youngstown State and also assisted with on-floor coaching, game preparation, scheduling, and the program's camp series.
- A player of legend at Florida Gulf Coast, Schrader was reunited with Boldon at Youngstown State following his days as an assistant with FGCU. Behind a motion offense that was geared towards shooting open three-pointers and driving for layups, Schrader helped Boldon develop YSU into one of the top offensive teams in the Horizon League.
- Evans comes to Athens with 10 years of experience at the Division I level, including five at her alma mater, Georgia Southern University. She also coached in the Big East at Seton Hall for four years, helping the Pirates earn two WNIT berths.
- Ohio has been picked to finish fifth in the Mid-American Conference East Division in 2013-14, as voted on by the conference's coaches.
- Ohio will play a televised game on the Time Warner Cable Sports Network in 2014 as part of the Mid-American Conference's Basketball Regional TV Package, the conference announced Tuesday. The Bobcats will host Eastern Michigan on Feb. 9 at the Convocation Center in its televised matchup. The opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.