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@OhioWBasketball Opens 2017 With a Battle With Buffalo

@OhioWBasketball Opens 2017 With a Battle With Buffalo

Jan. 3, 2017

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio women’s basketball team (10-2, 1-0 MAC) starts the New Year in Athens when the Bobcats take on Mid-American Conference East foe Buffalo (11-1, 1-0 MAC) on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Fans can catch the action on BCSN/Time Warner Sports Channel or ESPN3 where Dave Bacon and Jacki Windon will have the call. Fans can also catch all the action on WOUB-AM 1340 where Jake Hromada will have the call.

WEDNESDAY'S MATCHUP
Jan. 4,  2017  | Buffalo Bulls (11-1) vs. Ohio Bobcats (10-2) | 7 p.m. ET | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Gametracker | Watch on ESPN3Listen Live | Ohio Game Notes |Buffalo Game Notes

A WIN OVER BUFFALO WOULD...
- Give Ohio its 11th win of the regular season.
- Give Boldon his 73rd win at Ohio.
- Give the Bobcats its 537th victory in program history.
- Open MAC play 2-0.
- Give Ohio its 17th all-time win against Buffalo.
- Snap the Bobcats’ three-game losing streak against the Bulls.
- Move the Bobcats into first place in the MAC East.
- Help Ohio open MAC play 2-0 for the second-straight season.

ALL TIME AGAINST BUFFALO
- Buffalo leads the all-time series against Ohio, 19-16.

LAST TIME AGAINST BUFFALO
- The Bobcats and Buffalo last met on March 9, 2016 in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament, where Buffalo upset the top-seeded Bobcats, 72-60.
- Ohio shot 38.5 percent (20-of-52) from the field, 32 percent (8-of-25) from three-point range and 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the charity stripe.
- Quiera Lampkins led the Bobcats with 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting while adding seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 37 minutes.
- Kiyanna Black scored 11 points with five rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes.
- Lexie Baldwin tallied 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 33 minutes.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon scored six points and hauled in six boards.
- Buffalo shot 43.1 percent (25-of-58) from the field, 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from behind the arc and 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the free throw line.
- JoAnna Smith led the Bulls with 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting while hauling in a game-high 10 rebounds.
- Buffalo guard Stephanie Reid scored 16 points and dished out four assists in 39 minutes.
- Center Cassie Oursler scored 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting with five rebounds.

SCOUTING BUFFALO
- Buffalo is currently 11-1 and 1-0 in the MAC after defeating Miami, 71-45 on Dec. 31.
- Leading the Bulls is JoAnna Smith who is averaging 12.5 points a game and grabbing 4.7 rebounds a game. She is also shooting .329 from the field and .325 from three-point range.
- Cassie Oursler is next, averaging 10.0 points a game and 4.8 boards. She is shooting .477 from the field.
- Summer Hemphill is leading Buffalo on the boards, averaging 6.7 rebounds a game. She is also leading the team in field goal percentage, shooting an average of .625.
- Overall, Buffalo is averaging 68.2 points a game while opponents are scoring an average of 55.0 points a game.
- The Bulls are shooting .403 from the field, .312 from three-point range and .628 from the free throw line.
- Buffalo is averaging 44.8 rebounds a game.
- The Bulls turn the ball over an average of 15.4 times a game while they force opponents to turn the ball over 11.8 times a game.
- Buffalo also averages 9.8 steals a game and 3.8 blocks a contest.
- The Bulls lead the MAC in scoring defense, rebounding offense, rebounding defense, rebounding margin, defensive rebounds, and offensive and defensive rebounding percentage.
- Buffalo is ranked 40th in the latest RPI rankings and third in the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll.

IN BUFFALO’S LAST GAME
- The Bulls are coming off of a 71-45 win over Miami on Dec. 31.
- JoAnna Smith scored 11 points, going 4-of-16 from the field and 2-of-6 from three-point range while snagging seven boards.
- Theresa Onwuka scored 10 points, going 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-4 from the free throw line.
- As a team, Buffalo shot .382 from the field, .318 from three-pint range and .522 from the free throw line.
- Buffalo grabbed 54 rebounds, dished out 18 assists, had four blocks and 11 steals.
- The Bulls forced Miami to turn the ball over 17 times and scored 19 points off of the turnovers.
- The Bulls also scored 44 points off the bench and 32 points in the paint.

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
- The Bobcats are coming off a 69-58 conference-opening win at Bowling Green on Dec. 31.
- Overall, Quiera Lampkins led all scorers with 21 points, going 8-of-19 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 1 rebounds. Weatherspoon went 4-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
- Kelly Karlis added eight points, going 2-of-7 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and 2-of-4 from the free throw line. She also snagged seven rebounds.
- Overall, Ohio was 22-of-58 (.379) from the field, 4-of-21 (.190) from three-point range and .700 (21-of-30) from the free throw line.
- The Bobcats grabbed 43 rebounds, dished out nine assists, had five blocks and 10 steals.
- Ohio forced BGSU to turn the ball over 14 times and scored eight points off those turnovers.
- The Bobcats scored 36 points in the paint and had 23 bench points.
- For Bowling Green, Carly Santoro led the team with 15 points, going 5-of-15 from the field, 1-of-6 from three-point range and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
- Caterrion Thompson added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Falcons.
- Overall, BGSU was .300 (18-of-60) from the field, .136 (3-of-22) from three-point range and 19-of-30 (.633) from the free throw line.
- The Falcons grabbed 47 rebounds, dished out seven assists, had two blocks and three steals. The Falcons forced Ohio to turn the ball over 10 times and scored one point off of those turnovers.

SCOUTING OHIO
- The Bobcats are currently 10-2 on the season after defeating Bowling Green, 69-58 on Dec. 31.
- Leading Ohio is Quiera Lampkins who is averaging 19.8 points a game. She is also second on the team in rebounds with 7.5 a game.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon is averaging 9.8 points per contest while snagging a team-leading 8.7 boards a game. She is also averaging 1.8 blocks per contest.
- Taylor Agler is averaging 7.2 points a game and leading the team in steals with 31.
- Yamonie Jenkins is averaging 3.58 assists a game.
- As a team, Ohio is averaging 67.3 points a game while opponents are averaging 57.5 points against Ohio.
- The Bobcats are shooting .375 from the field, .263 from three-point range and .664 from the free throw line.
- The Bobcats are grabbing an average of 36.7 rebounds a game.
- The Ohio defense is forcing opponents to turn the ball over 21.3 times a game, while Ohio averages 13.3 turnovers a game.
- Ohio is also averaging 11.2 steals a game.
- The Bobcats also average 3.8 blocks a contest.
- Ohio also have a turnover margin of +8.0.

KIKI GOING OUT STRONG
- The reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Year opened the 2016-17 year by registering a double-double on Nov. 18 against UT Martin, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 boards.
- On Nov. 21 against NKU, Lampkins scored 20 points and grabbed eight boards.
- Lampkins followed up that performance by dropping 28 points against Murray State on Nov. 26.
- She recorded her second double-double of the season against Duquesne on Dec. 3, scoring 19 points and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds.
- Lampkins is leading Ohio offensively and defensively, averaging 19.7 points and 7.7 rebounds a game.
- Lampkins is now sixth all-time in scoring with 1,427 total points.
- Lampkins needs 13 more points to move into fifth place.
- Lampkins was named the MAC East Player of the Week on Dec. 5.
- Lampkins registered her second-straight double-double on Dec. 10 at IUPUI.
- Lampkins earned her second MAC East Player of the Week award on Dec. 13.
- On Dec. 19 against Binghamton, Lampkins scored 23 points, going 6-of-16 from the field and 2-of-5 from three-point range. She was also 9-of-10 from the free throw line and grabbed eight rebounds.
- Lampkins scored 26 points against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 28, setting a season-high in three pointers made with three.
- Lampkins was named the MAC East Player of the week on Jan. 3 for her performance the week of Dec. 26.

NEW YEAR, NEW SPOON
- Senior forward Jasmine Weatherspoon is already taking advantage of her final season.
- Weatherspoon scored a career-high 17 points against High Point on Nov. 13.
- She also registered 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and the fourth of her career.
- Weatherspoon is averaging 12.8 points this season to go along with 7.4 rebounds a game.
- Weatherspoon tied her season high with 17 points against Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 30.
- Weatherspoon grabbed 10 rebounds against Michigan on Dec. 13.
- Weatherspoon registered another double-double on Dec. 22 against Illinois, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 boards.
- Weatherspoon secured her third double-double of the season on Dec. 31 at Bowling Green when she scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. 

DOUBLE DOUBLE MACHINES
- Jasmine Weatherspoon registered the first double-double of the season for the Bobcats, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 boards against High Point on Nov. 13.
- Quiera Lampkins added another double-double for the Bobcats on Nov. 18 against UT Martin. She scored 16 points and grabbed 11 boards in the win.
- Lampkins recorded her second double-double of the season against Duquesne on Dec. 3, scoring 19 points and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds.
- Lampkins registered her second-straight double-double on Dec. 10 at IUPUI, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 boards in the victory.
- Weatherspoon registered another double-double on Dec. 22 against Illinois, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 boards.
- Weatherspoon secured her third double-double of the season on Dec. 31 at Bowling Green when she scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

BOBCATS IN THE MAC
- The Bobcats rank first in the MAC in field goal percentage defense (.347) and turnover margin (+8.0).
- Ohio ranks second in the conference in scoring defense (57.5), blocked shots (3.8). and steals (11.2).
- Individually, Quiera Lampkins is second in scoring (19.8), eighth in rebounds (7.5), fifth in offensive rebounds (3.5) and third in minutes played (35.7).
- Taylor Agler is first in steals (2.6).
- Jasmine Weatherspoon is second in blocked shots (1.8) and fifth in steals (2.4).

2016-17 MILESTONES
- Ohio defeated Illinois for the first time in program history on Dec. 22.
- The Bobcats started 9-1 in non-conference play for the first time in program history.
- Ohio defeated a Big Ten team for only the fourth time in program history.
- Ohio extended its win streak against Bowling Green to five games.

NEW FACES ON THE FLOOR
- After redshirting the 2015-16 season, Katie Barker and Hannah Thome made their Bobcats debuts on Nov. 13 at High Point.
- Barker scored nine points, gong 3-of-4 from beyond the arch. She followed up that performance with another nine point against UT Martin on Nov. 18.
- Then on Dec. 19 against Binghamton, when off the bench, Barker went 6-of-8 from three-point range and scored 18 points in Ohio’s 63-55 victory over the Bearcats.

RECORDBOOK WATCH
- As Quiera Lampkins career finishes, she is currently climbing in the record book.
- Lampkins is currently sixth in field goals made, ninth in rebounds and sixth in steals.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon is currently third in blocked shots.

OHIO IN THE NCAA
- The Bobcats are currently ranked 49th in field goal percentage defense, ninth in turnover margin, 16th in fewest turnovers and 25th in forced turnovers and 13th in three-point field goals attempted.
- Quiera Lampkins is ranked 22nd in points per game.

IMPACT FRESHMAN
- Freshman Amani Burke also made her Bobcat debut, scoring nine points, going 4-of-7 from the field and 1-of-3 from three-point range.
- She followed that up with a new career high on Nov. 18 against UT Martin, scoring 13 points, going 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-4 from three-point range.

AGLER MAKES HER DEBUT
- After sitting out the 2015-16 season after transferring from Indiana, guard Taylor Agler made her debut for the Bobcats against High Point on Nov. 13.
- Agler scored 15 points, going 4-of-8 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
- Agler also dished out four assists.

SUFFOCATING DEFENSE
- The Bobcats are once again producing stellar defense.
- So far this season, Ohio is holding opponents to only 57.5 points a game.
- The Bobcats are forcing opponents to turn the ball over an average of 21.3 times a game and are stealing the ball on average of 11.2 times a game.
- The Bobcats are second in the MAC in scoring defense (57.5), first in field goal percentage defense (.347), second in blocked shots (3.8) and first in turnover margin (+8.0).

MID-MAJOR POLL
- The Bobcats are currently fourth in this week’s collegeinsider.com mid-major poll.

BOBCATS IN THE RPI
- The Bobcats are currently ranked 85th in the RPI rankings
- Ohio is the second highest ranked MAC team in the RPI.
- The Bobcats have played four teams in the top-150 and have defeated three of them.
- The Bobcats will take on Buffalo who is ranked 40th and will be the fifth team in the top-150 the Ohio will face.

MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Lampkins was named the MAC East Player of the Week on Dec. 5.
- Lampkins was named MAC East Player of the Week on Dec. 13.
- Lampkins was named the MAC East Player of the week on Jan. 3 for her performance the week of Dec. 26. 

RETURNING BOBCATS
- Ohio returns eight players from last season and three starters.
- Senior guard Quiera Lampkins. Last season, played and started 33 games. She was named MAC East Player of the week twice, first on Dec. 7, 2015 then again on Dec. 28, 2015. Lampkins averaged 14 points a game, averaged over three assists a game and averaged five rebounds a game. She was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year and was Second Team All-MAC.
- Also returning is senior Yamonie Jenkins. She played in 33 games last season and recorded career-high 18 points against FGCU on Nov. 20, 2015. She made career-high five FG against Toledo on Feb.13, 2016 and recorded career-high eight FT against FGCU on Nov. 20, 2015. Jenkins averaged three assists a game.
- Also returning for the starters is senior forward Jasmine Weatherspoon. In 2015-16 Weatherspoon played and started in 32 games this season. She recorded career-high 14 points twice last season, Jan. 20, 2016 against Kent and March 2, 2016 against BGSU. She also recorded career-high 13 rebounds against FGCU on Nov. 20, 2015 and recorded career-high eight blocks against EMU on Jan. 13, 2016. She made career-high seven FG against Kent State on Jan. 20, 2016 and made career-high five FT against Indiana on Nov. 27, 2015. Weatherspoon recorded her first career double-double on Nov. 20, 2015 against FGCU when she scored 11 points and grabbed 13 boards. She made career-high three-pointers when she made three against Indiana and BGSU and set program record with 8 blocks against Eastern Michigan on Jan. 13, 2016. She averaged over six rebounds a game.
- Also returning for the Bobcats is senior forwards Hannah Boesinger and Tmisht Stinson, redshirt sophomore Kelly Karlis, sophomores Kendall Jessing, Olivia Bower and Dominique Doseck and redshirt freshmen Hannah Thome and Katie Barker.

NEWCOMERS
- The Bobcats welcome two newcomers to the 2016-17 squad.
- Amani Burke Lettered all four years at Columbus Eastmoor Academy under head coach Charity Martin….at 5’ 9” she averaged 14.9 points per game during her senior year…. Burke reached 1,000 points and became the all-time leading scorer at Eastmoor Academy in 2016… In 24 games, she shot 55% from the field and averaged 3.5 steals per game in her junior year… She was named the Division II Central District Player of the Year and Associated Press Division II co-player of the year in 2016 by the Ohio Basketball Coaches Association…She was awarded as a Super 7 Standout after her performance at the Classic in the Country in Berlin, Ohio…The team captain was a Top 64 selection, First Team AP Division II, First Team Division II Central District, Second Team All Classic winner and Second Team All-District Selection.
- Meche’la Cobb averaged 19.9 points, 10 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals in her senior season under coach Jeff Blunt… She led New Albany to a 14-11 overall record and to the cusp of the program’s first Division I district championship…Cobb lost her junior season to a torn left ACL…In her sophomore season, she averaged 19 points per game, nine rebounds, and three blocks in 24 games... She has lettered three times in basketball and has lettered once in cross-country…She was named to the 2015-16 Associated Press Division I All-Ohio girls basketball First Team, based on the recommendations of a media panel…Cobb was also a This Week Super 12 captain in 2016 and was Special Mention OCC her freshman year and First Team All-OCC her sophomore year…She was runner-up Player of the Year in her conference her sophomore year.

2015-16 MILESTONES
- On Nov. 28, 2015, the Bobcats defeated Indiana, giving them their first win over a Big Ten team since 1994.
- On Dec. 19, 2015 against East Carolina, Ohio defeated the Pirates for the first time since 2001.
- On Dec. 29, 2015, the Bobcats defeated Middle Tennessee State for the first time in program history.
- Ohio started 9-0 in conference play for the first time in program history.
- The Bobcats hit 17 three-pointers, setting the record for threes made in a MAC game on Jan. 20 at Kent State.
- On Jan. 27, 2016 against Akron, the Bobcats set a program record for blocked shots in a game with 14.
- On Feb. 17, 2016 against Miami, the Bobcats set a new program record for steals in a single season.
- Against Akron on Feb. 20, 2016, the Bobcats scored 100 points. That registered the first time since 1991 that Ohio has scored at least 100 points in a MAC game.
- On March 2, 2016, Ohio clinched the MAC Regular Season title for the second-straight year, that is the first time in program history.
- Ohio now has four MAC Regular Season Titles.
- Ohio has back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history.
- Ohio won its first postseason tournament game in program history.
- Ohio defeated its first current ACC team when it defeated Virginia Tech on March 20, 2016.

BOBCATS ON TV
- Three Ohio women’s basketball games will be broadcast nationally.
- Ohio will have one game on BCSN/TWCSC on Jan. 4, 2017 against Buffalo at 7 p.m.
- The Bobcats’ two games on ASN/ESPN 3 will begin Jan. 18, 2017 when the Bobcats play at Toledo at 7 p.m. The final game on ASN will be on Feb. 1, 2017 when Ohio takes on Central Michigan in Mt Pleasant, Mich. at 7 p.m.

THE BOLDON FILE
- Head coach Bob Boldon enters his fourth season as Ohio’s head coach.
- Boldon and the Bobcats had their third 26-win season in program history in 2015-16. Boldon led the `Cats to back-to-back Mid-American Conference Regular season titles in 2015-16/2014-15.
- The team had its fourth postseason appearance in program history and its first appearance in the WNIT where it finished in the third round.
- The team as a whole saw a 20-win improvement from Boldon’s first season, finishing with a record of 26-7.
- Boldon finished the season with 62 total wins at Ohio.

MARWAN’S RETURN
- Marwan Miller is beginning his first year as an assistant coach on head coach Bob Boldon’s staff.
- Miller served as an assistant coach at Saint Francis (Pa.) last season as an offensive coordinator. The team averaged 74.5 points per game in a fast paced system, which produced the 2016 NEC Freshman of the Year. Miller recruited in the state of Ohio and helped recruit two of Saint Francis’ current players.
- During the 2015 season at Ohio, Miller filled in as an assistant coach to the women’s basketball team during an assistant coach’s maternity leave. He was on the floor coaching as well as recruiting and scouting during the team’s 2014-15 Mid-American Conference Regular Season and MAC Tournament championships.
- Prior to his year at Saint Francis (Pa.), Miller served as a Director of Operations at Ohio from 2013-15. At that time he was responsible for all logistics of travel and lodging, while also planning and organizing camps.

NEW FACES FOR 2017-18
- The Ohio Bobcats have added six new faces to the squad during the early signing period, head coach Bob Boldon announced Nov. 10.
-Kaylee Bambule (Plainfield, Ill.), Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio), De’Jae Denham (Columbus, Ohio), Cece Hooks (Dayton,Ohio), Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) and Alexis Stover (Solon, Ohio) will join the team for the 2017-18 season.

UP NEXT
The Bobcats hit the road to DeKalb, Ill. on Saturday, Jan. 7 to take on Northern Illinois. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3.

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