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Bobcats Visit New York City for Two Games in Three Days

Head Coach Semeka Randall and the Bobcats are currently on a three-game winning streak

Dec. 18, 2012

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NEW YORK - Following a 55-48 win at Marshall which was the team's third consecutive victory, Ohio Women's Basketball takes to the road once more, playing two games in New York City over a three-day span. The Bobcats will play at Manhattan on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before playing at Long Island - Brooklyn on Friday at 1 p.m.

Both games will be available via live stats and on the radio. Fans in Athens can catch the games on WOUB-AM 1340, with each broadcast beginning 15 minutes before tipoff time. Rob Schreier (play-by-play) and Glenn Janos (color) will be calling all of the action from New York City. Each of these games will also be available via the `listen live' links above. In addition to this, LIU Brooklyn will be offering a free live video stream of Friday's contest.

In their last outing, the Bobcats picked up a 55-48 win at Marshall on Dec. 15. The victory was Ohio's third straight and was the Bobcats' fifth win in a row over the Thundering Herd. Junior shooting guard Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.) scored a game-high 18 points in her Huntington homecoming, connecting on a career-high six three-point field goals. The junior was joined in double figures by freshman teammate Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio), who chipped in 16 points.

Wins this Week Would...
Be the 464th and 465th wins in program history
Be the fifth and sixth wins of the season
Improve the Bobcats to 6-5
Mark Ohio's first four-game winning streak since Feb. 2009
Mark Ohio's first five-game winning streak since Feb. 2008
Be Ohio's first win over Manhattan (first meeting)
Be Ohio's first win over LIU Brooklyn (first meeting)

Scouting the Jaspers
Manhattan enters Wednesday's contest the owner of a 2-7 record. The Jaspers have earned victories over VCU and Oakland but have lost six of their last seven games. Most recently, Manhattan fell at Sacred Heart by a final score of 55-38 on Monday night.

The Jaspers are led in scoring by Shayna Ericksen's 10.2 points per game. She is also the team's leading rebounder, collecting 7.3 boards per contest. Monica Roeder and Toni-Ann Lawrence have also shouldered a good deal of the offensive load, scoring 9.9 and 9.4 points per game, respectively.

Ohio - Manhattan Series History
Wednesday's game will be the first meeting between Ohio and Manhattan.

Scouting the Blackbirds
Long Island will enter Friday's contest the owner of a 2-5 record. The Blackbirds have earned victories over Columbia and Towson and have lost to Albany, Colgate, UMKC, Rutgers, and Penn. Long Island will have had a significant rest heading into its game with Ohio, as the Blackbirds' last contest was played on Dec. 9.

Krystal Wells leads the way offensively for Long Island, averag­ing 11.6 points per game. She is followed closely by Tamika Guz, who can be counted upon for 8.6 points per outing. Cleandra Roberts leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 7.6 boards per contest.

Ohio - LIU Brooklyn Series History
Friday's game will serve as the first-ever meeting between Ohio and LIU Brooklyn.

Right Near the Top
Junior shooting guard Erin Bailes ranks very highly in the latest NCAA rankings for three-point field goal percentage, coming in 21st at a clip of 45.9 percent.

Career Day from Distance
Erin Bailes was Ohio's leading scorer in the 55-48 win at Marshall on Dec. 15. The junior connected on a career-high six three-pointers, five of which came in the second half.

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.

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), Titans (15 points), Lady Colonels (13 points), Eagles (19 points), and Thundering Herd (16 points) have bumped up her scoring average to 11.7 per outing.

Making Them Count
As of games played Dec. 17, Ohio holds the highest free throw percentage in the Mid-American Confer­ence. The Bobcats have connected on 116 of their 156 free-throw attempts in 2012-13, operating at a clip of 74.4 percent. This also ranks 41st in the NCAA.

Quick Hands
Ohio's high-pressure defense continues to stack up well in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats nab an average of 9.7 steals per game, ranking fifth in the league as of games played Dec. 17.