Dec. 18, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (4-4) takes to the road for the seventh time in nine non-conference games in 2013-14 as it visits East Carolina University (9-1) on Friday (Dec. 20) at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Michael Garr will have the call of the game on WOUB-AM 1340.
- Ohio and East Carolina meet for the fourth time, with the Bobcats holding a 2-1 edge in the all-time series. The two previous meetings have needed overtime to determine a winner and all three contests have been decided by seven points or less.
The Pirates won the last matchup, 71-68, in overtime on Nov. 25, 2005, in the first game of the UNC-Greensboro Thanksgiving Tournament. Rachel Frederick led the Bobcats, posting her first career double-double with 27 points and 12 boards.
Led by fourth-year head coach Heather Macy, East Carolina has opened the 2013-14 campaign by winning nine of its first 10 games, including an 81-61 victory at Norfolk State on Tuesday (Dec. 17). Redshirt sophomore guard/forward Jada Payne leads the Pirates with 21.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
- Ohio took down Notre Dame College, 72-55, last Saturday (Dec. 14) at the Convocation Center, putting an end to a three-game losing skid for the Bobcats and marking the first time the Green & White has opened its home schedule with a 2-0 mark since the 2011-12 campaign. As a team, Ohio is averaging 11.5 more points than the opposition and shooting at a .424 clip at home while averaging 6.5 fewer turnovers.
The Bobcats led the Falcons by just seven points at the halftime break, but Ohio outscored Notre Dame College, 37-27, over the final 20 minutes of play. Ohio is 3-0 in 2013-14 when it enters the halftime break holding a lead.
- Sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) earned Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week honors for the second time in her career and first time in 2013-14 after leading the Bobcats with 20 points in the win over Notre Dame College. She went a career-best 10-for-12 from the free throw line.
Black is Ohio's top scorer, averaging a team-high 13.9 points per game, which ranks 12th in the conference.
She has reached double figures in four games and has scored 20 or more points three times -- including a career-high 35 in Ohio's 94-88 season-opening win over Xavier at the Convo. 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.
In two home games, Black has averaged 27.5 points.
Black also leads team in field goal attempts per game (13.4), field goals made per game (4.3), three-point field goal attempts per game (8.3), three-point field goals made per game (2.4, which ranks third in the conference), free throws made per game (3.0) and free throw percentage (70.6%). She also ranks second on the team in free throw attempts per game (4.3) and third in steals per game (1.1).
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 37 games she's played in, totaling 390 points (10.5 per game). She is a career 31.7% shooter -- including 24.9% from three-point range. Black has reached double figures in scoring 18 times in her career and has scored at least one point in 35 of 37 career games.
- Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) chipped in 12 points in the win over Notre Dame College to reach double digits for the fourth time in 2013-14. Baldwin has also enjoyed success thus far at the Convo, averaging 11.0 points and shooting at a .563 clip.
Baldwin led the way in Ohio's 64-56 overtime win at Morehead State on Nov. 16 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 eight games at forward, averaging 22.3 minutes per contest. She is averaging 7.9 points per game, has led team in scoring twice. She leads the team in field goal percentage (56.4%) and blocks per game (0.9, which ranks fifth in the conference). Baldwin also ranks third on the team in rebounds per game (4.4) and three-point field goal percentage (38.9%) and is tied for third on the team in field goals made per game (2.8) and three-point field goals made per game (0.9).
Baldwin has started 11 of the 37 games she's played in, compiling 225 points (6.1 per game), 194 rebounds (5.2 per game) and 32 blocks. She has reached double figures in scoring nine times in her career.
- Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) tied freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) for the team lead by matching her season-high with seven rebounds against Notre Dame College. She also tallied a season-high two steals.
Yelle scored 10 points in Ohio's 76-64 loss at Cleveland State on Dec. 5, marking the third time in four games she hit double digits. She also handed out a team-high four assists and hauled in seven rebounds.
Yelle has appeared in all eight games, making seven starts at guard and averaging 23.5 minutes per contest. She is averaging 7.4 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring three times. Yelle leads the team with 2.8 assists per game and has led team in assists three times. She leads the team in three-point field goal percentage (42.9%) and free throw attempts per game (4.8), ranks second on the team in field goal percentage (48.6%) and ranks third on the team in free throws made per game (2.8).
Yelle finished with a career-high 11 points at Eastern Kentucky.
Yelle has started 18 of the 22 games she's appeared in. She has tallied 107 points (4.9 per game), 51 assists and 28 steals and is a career 33.6% shooter.
- Freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) matched redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) for the team lead by posting a career-high seven rebounds against Notre Dame College.
Boesinger has appeared in all eight games off the bench, averaging 15.0 minutes per game. She is averaging 5.5 points per game and ranks second on the team in three-point field goal percentage (41.2%) and steals per game (1.5).
She scored a career-high 18 points in Ohio's 76-67 loss to UIC on Nov. 29 in the opening game of the 2013 San Juan Shootout in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, matching junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) for the team lead.
- Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W. Va.) tallied a career-high four steals in the win over Notre Dame College.
Byard has made a career-high eight starts at guard, averaging a team-high 28.6 minutes per contest. She has reached double figures in scoring four times this season and has led the team in scoring twice. Byard ranks fourth in the conference with 2.3 three-point field goals made per game and ranks second on the team with 9.9 points per game, 8.9 field goal attempts per game, 3.0 field goals made per game and 7.3 three-point field goal attempts per game. She also ranks third on the team with 1.6 assists per game.
Byard nailed four treys and led the Bobcats with 16 points at Cleveland State, marking a team-high fourth time this season she's reached double figures.
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.
Byard has started 19 of the 64 games she has played in, compiling 443 points (6.9 per game), 97 assists and 43 steals. She is a career 31.6% shooter -- including 32.1% from behind the arc.
- Freshman guard Yamonie Jenkins (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) put together a career game against Notre Dame College, scoring nine points, hauling in three rebounds and collecting two steals.
Jenkins has played in all eight games, making one start at guard. She is averaging 2.5 points per game. Jenkins has led the team in assists three times and ranks second on the team with 2.1 assists per game. She also ranks third on the team in three-point field goal attempts per game (2.4).
- Freshman forward Jasmine Weatherspoon (Columbus, Ohio) totaled a career-high six points in the win over Notre Dame College.
Weatherspoon is averaging 2.3 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game. She ranks second on the team with 0.6 blocks per game and free throw percentage (70.0%).
- Freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) tallied a career-high two steals in the win over Notre Dame College.
Cooper has started all eight games at forward, averaging 26.6 minutes per contest, which ranks second on the team. She is averaging 6.6 points per game and is leading the team with 5.4 rebounds per game. Cooper also ranks third on the team in blocked shots per game (0.6).
Cooper posted a double-double in her Bobcat debut in the season opener against Xavier, tallying 17 points and grabbing a game-high 12 boards.
- Freshman forward Tmisht Stinson (Hattiesburg, Miss.) logged a career-high 10 minutes off the bench in the win over Notre Dame College, hauling in her first career rebound and collecting her first career steal.
- 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 eight games at guard, averaging 26.4 minutes per contest, which ranks third on the team. She ranks third on the team with 8.4 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring twice. Lampkins leads the team in steals per game (2.0), which is tied for eighth in the conference, ranks second on the team in rebounds per game (4.8) and free throws made per game (2.9) and ranks third on the team in field goal attempts per game (7.1), free throw attempts per game (4.1), field goal percentage (38.6%) and free throw percentage (69.7%) and is tied for third on the team in field goals made per game (2.8).
- Ohio closes December by taking part in the JMU Invitational (Dec. 29-30) in Harrisonburg, Va.
- 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.
- 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.