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Women's Basketball Prepares to Duel in the Desert

Ohio's Ashley Fowler

Dec. 16, 2011

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ATHENS, Ohio – Following back-to-back wins that pushed its record to 5-5, Ohio Women’s Basketball heads out west to participate in the 2011 Duel in the Desert tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the three-day tournament at the Cox Pavilion, Ohio will match up against three top-quality programs in Oklahoma (Dec. 18), Xavier (Dec. 19) and Syracuse (Dec 20). All of the games can be found live on WOUB-AM 1340 with Grant Burkhardt calling the action.

Fans can access the tournament central page here. It will be updated throughout the tournament with Ohio’s results and notes.

Last Time Out
Ohio picked up the 450th win in program history on Tuesday against Niagara, beating the Purple Eagles by a final score of 50-40. Tenishia Benson led the way for the Green and White, scoring 15 points and collecting a team-high six rebounds.

The Bobcats picked forced Niagara into 27 turnovers, collecting 18 steals in the process. Kat Yelle was a menace to the Purple Eagle offense, grabbing six steals in the first half.  

Scouting the Sooners
Oklahoma is currently the owner of a 4-3 record. The Sooners have picked up wins over Sacramento State (117-55), New Mexico (58-56), Liberty (76-45) and Milwaukee (72-50) while falling to Vanderbilt (78-66), Ohio State (69-63) and Fresno State (69-66).

The Sooners have been held below 60 points on only one occasion during the 2011-12 season, and have broken the 100-point barrier once. Oklahoma scores 13.7 more points per game than its opponents, in large part thanks to very accurate .451 shooting from the field.

Aaryn Ellenberg leads the way for the Sooners, scoring 20.3 points per game. She is joined in double figures by Morgan Hook (12.7 ppg) and Whitney Hand (11.3). 

Ohio - Oklahoma Series History
Ohio and Oklahoma have never met before on the hardwood. Sunday’s game will be the first-ever contest between the two programs.  

Disciplined Basketball
One of Ohio’s calling cards this season has been the ability to play disciplined basketball. The Bobcats have committed 21 fewer (164-143) personal fouls than opponents and have attempted 76 more free throws (185-109) during the 2011-12 season.  

Positively Charged
Ohio is positive in three significant “margin” categories following the win over Niagara. The Bobcats score 2.3 more points per game than their opponents, collect 2.0 more rebounds per game and force 1.6 more turnovers. 

Once, Twice, Three Times
Tenishia Benson’s 15 points against Niagara marks the third outing in a row during which the senior has scored 14 points or more. In six games this season, Benson has scored in double figures on five occasions. 

The Bobcats are in the midst of their second winning streak of the season, a current two-game stretch that includes wins over San Francisco (63-53) and Niagara (50-40). Ohio’s longest streak of the season - and of Head Coach Semeka Randall’s career - lasted from Nov. 19 to Nov. 26 when the Green and White won three consecutive games.

Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com for multiple updates throughout the tournament!