Dec. 27, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (4-5) closes the non-conference portion of its 2013-14 regular season schedule as it takes part in the James Madison University Invitational Dec. 29-30 at the Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Bobcats will square off with the host Dukes (8-3) in the first-ever meeting between the programs on Sunday (Dec. 29). Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET. The winner will meet either Norfolk State University or the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Monday (Dec. 30) at 2:30 p.m. ET for the invitational title. NSU and UMBC will lock horns in the invitational opener on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET. The losers of Sunday's games will face off in a third-place game on Monday at 12 p.m. ET.
Jacob Corrigan will have the call of Ohio's JMU Invitational games on WOUB-AM 1340.
- Led by 12th-year head coach Kenny Brooks, James Madison has opened the 2013-14 campaign with an 8-3 mark. The Dukes dropped their most recent contest, falling to Vanderbilt, 89-85, in overtime on Dec. 18.
Senior guard Kirby Burkholder leads James Madison with 17.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
- Ohio held a two-point edge at halftime, but East Carolina University rallied to secure a 76-47 victory on Friday (Dec. 20) at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
The Bobcats owned a 35-32 edge going into the halftime break, but the Pirates outscored Ohio, 43-12, over the final 20 minutes of play. The contest marked the first time Ohio has lost a game this season in which it has led at halftime. Bench points proved to be a decisive factor in the East Carolina comeback, as the Pirates held a 32-10 edge.
Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) posted her second career double-double to lead Ohio, tallying a team-high 11 points and 10 rebounds. Baldwin has reached double figures in scoring a team-high five times in 2013-14 - including each of the last two games. Friday's contest marked the first time Baldwin has compiled double digit rebounds this season.
Ohio led 24-16 with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half, thanks in large part to redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) tallying seven of her nine points over the first eight minutes of play.
East Carolina closed the half on a 17-11 run, then completed the comeback by outscoring the Bobcats by 31 points in the second half.
- Ohio took down Notre Dame College, 72-55, on 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 12.7 points per game, which ranks 15th 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 (12.7), field goals made per game (3.9), three-point field goal attempts per game (7.9) and three-point field goals made per game (2.2, which ranks third in the conference). She also ranks second on the team in free throw percentage (70.6%) and free throws made per game (2.7) and ranks third on the team in steals per game (1.1) and free throw attempts per game (3.8).
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 18 of the 38 games she's played in, totaling 393 points (10.3 per game). She is a career 31.4% shooter -- including 24.7% 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.) has started all nine games at forward, averaging 22.7 minutes per contest. She is averaging 8.2 points per game, which is tied for third on the team with freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahannah, Ohio). Baldwin leads the team in field goal percentage (54.3%) and blocks per game (0.9, which ranks fifth in the conference).She ranks second on the team in rebounds per game (5.0) and is tied for second on the team in field goals made per game (2.8) and ranks third on the team in three-point field goal percentage (40.9%), three-point field goals made per game (1.0) and three-point field goal attempts per game (2.4).
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 chipped in 12 points in the win over Notre Dame College. Like sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio), Baldwin has also enjoyed success thus far at the Convo, averaging 11.0 points and shooting at a .563 clip.
Baldwin has started 12 of the 38 games she's played in, compiling 236 points (6.2 per game), 204 rebounds (5.4 per game) and 33 blocks. She has reached double figures in scoring 10 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 nine games, making eight starts at guard, averaging 23.3 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 2.4 assists per game and has led the team in assists three times. She also leads the team in three-point field goal percentage (42.9%) and free throw attempts per game (4.6). Yelle ranks second on the team in field goal percentage (50.0%) and ranks third on the team in free throws made per game (2.6).
Yelle finished with a career-high 11 points at Eastern Kentucky.
Yelle has started 19 of the 23 games she's appeared in. She has tallied 116 points (5.0 per game), 51 assists (2.2 per game) and 29 steals. She is a career 38.0% 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 nine games off the bench, averaging 14.9 minutes per game. She is averaging 5.0 points per game and ranks second on the team in three-point field goal percentage (41.2%) and steals per game (1.3).
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.) has made a career-high nine starts at guard, averaging a team-high 28.1 minutes per contest. She has reached double figures in scoring four times this season, has led the team in scoring twice and has led the team in assists once. Byard ranks fourth in the conference with 2.1 three-point field goals made per game and leads the team in free throw percentage (71.4%). She ranks second on the team with 9.3 points per game, 8.7 field goal attempts per game and 7.1 three-point field goal attempts per game and is also tied for second on the team with 2.8 field goals made per game. She also ranks third on the team with 1.4 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 tallied a career-high four steals in the win over Notre Dame College.
Byard has started 20 of the 65 games she has played in, compiling 448 points (6.9 per game), 97 assists (1.5 per game) and 43 steals. She is a career 31.3% shooter -- including 31.8% 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 nine games, making one start at guard, and is averaging 19.4 minutes per game. She is averaging 2.4 points per game and has led team in assists three times. Jenkins ranks second on the team with 1.9 assists per game.
- Freshman forward Jasmine Weatherspoon (Columbus, Ohio) totaled a career-high six points in the win over Notre Dame College.
Weatherspoon has appeared in all nine games off the bench, averaging 14.9 minutes per game. She is averaging 2.4 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game. Weatherspoon ranks third on the team with 0.6 blocks per game as well as in 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 nine games at forward, averaging 26.9 minutes per contest, which ranks second on the team. She is averaging 6.4 points per game and is leading the team with 5.2 rebounds per game.
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.) has appeared in six games off the bench, averaging 5.3 minutes per game. She 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 nine games at guard, averaging 26.4 minutes per contest, which ranks third on the team. She is tied for third on the team with sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) with 8.2 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring twice. Lampkins leads the team in steals per game (1.9), which ranks ninth in the conference. She ranks second on the team in free throw attempts per game (4.3). and ranks third on the team in field goal percentage (36.9%) and rebounds per game (4.9).
- 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.