ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio womenâs basketball team returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 22 when the Bobcats face off against Big 10 opponent Illinois. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Fans can catch all the action on WOUB-AM 1340 where Jake Hromada will have the call.
A WIN OVER ILLINOIS WOULD...
- Give Ohio its ninth win of the regular season.
- Be Ohioâs first ever win against Illinois.
- Give Boldon his 71st win at Ohio.
- Give the Bobcats its 535th victory in program history.
- Help the Bobcats start the season 9-1 for the second time in program history (1985-86).
- Improve Ohioâs record against Big 10 opponents to 4-34.
ALL TIME AGAINST ILLINOIS
- This is the third-ever meeting between Ohio and Illinois.
- In the last meeting, Illinois came away with the 62-53 victory to start the 2015-16 season.
LAST TIME AGAINST ILLINOIS
- The Bobcats and Illinois last met on Nov. 15, 2015 at Illinois, where the Bobcats fell 62-53.
- Overall, Kiyanna Black led the Bobcats with 18 points, shooting 7-of-21 from the field and 4-of-13 from beyond the arc. Black also added five rebounds, an assist and two steals in her 35 minutes of action.
- Lexie Baldwin finished the game with 11 points. Baldwin was 4-of-10 from the field and 3-of-7 from the three-point line.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon led Ohio with nine rebounds, seven defensive and two defensive. Weatherspoon also added six points, one assist, two steals and four blocks for Ohio.
- Yamonie Jenkins finished the game with five points, five rebounds and one point.
- Overall, Ohio shot 31.1% (19-of-61) from the field.
- The Bobcats were 8-of-32 (25.0%) and 7-of-12 (58.3%) from the free throw line. Ohio forced 14 turnovers and scored six points off of those turnovers. Ohio also grabbed 33 rebounds.
- Ohio scored 22 points in the paint and capitalized on second chances, scoring 13 points off second chance opportunities.
ALL TIME AGAINST THE BIG TEN
- Ohio is 3-34 all-time against current Big Ten opponents.
- Illinois is currently 5-7 on the season and are coming off of an 82-51 loss at Central Michigan on Dec. 19.
- Alex Wittinger leads the team with 14.0 points a game and a .472 field goal percentage. She also averages 9.2 boards a game
- Brandi Beasley averages 11.1 points a game and averages 5.8 rebounds a contest.
- As a team, Illinois averages 62.2 points a game, while opponents average 64.4 a contest.
- Illinois is shooting .376 from the field, .293 from beyond the arc and .753 from the free throw line.
- Illinois averages 37.1 rebounds a game and turns the ball over an average of 13.8 times a game.
- Illinois forces opponents to turn the ball over 14.5 times a game, and they average 6.6 steals a game and 4.3 blocks a contest.
IN ILLINOISâ LAST GAME
- Illinois is coming off of an 82-51 loss at Central Michigan on Dec. 19.
- The Illini were led in scoring by freshman Brandi Beasley (21), who combined with sophomore Alex Wittinger for 39 points.
- Wittinger went 8-of-16 from the field and had 10 rebounds.
- Beasley went 7-of-19 from the field, 3-of-6 from three-point range and 4-of-5 from the free throw line.
- As a team, Illinois shot 19-of-64 (.297) from the field, 5-of-22 (.227) from three-point range and 8-of-12 (.667) from the free throw.
- Illinois grabbed 32 rebounds, dished out nine assists, had three blocks and 10 steals.
- Illinois also forced 16 turnovers while they turned the ball over 16 times.
LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
- The Bobcats are coming off a 63-55 victory against Binghamton on Dec. 19.
- In that game, the Bobcats rallied from a 26-19 halftime deficit.
- Quiera Lampkins led the way for Ohio with 23 points going 6-for-16 from the field and 2-for-5 from behind the three-point line.
- Katie Barker added 18 to Ohioâs total going 6-for-8 from the field.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon added six points and eight rebounds as well as one block.
- The Bobcats shot .373 (19-of-51) from the field, .344 (11-of-32) from three-point range and 14-of-18 from the free throw line (.778).
- The Bobcats would grab 36 rebounds, dish out 13 assists, have two blocks and 13 steals.
- The Bobcats would force 19 turnovers and score 22 points off of them. The Bobcats would also score 20 bench points.
- For Binghamton, Sina lead the Bearcats with 21 points, going 7-of-11 from three-point range.
- Imani Watkins would add 15 points and six boards.
- As a team, the Bearcats shot .346 (18-of-52) from the field, .414 (12-of-29) from three-point range and .875 (7-of-8) from the free throw line.
- The Bearcats grabbed 32 rebounds, forced 16 turnovers, dished out 11 assists and had seven steals.
- The Bobcats are currently 8-1 on the season after defeating Binghamton 63-55 on Dec. 19.
- Leading Ohio is Quiera Lampkins who is averaging 19.3 points a game. She is also leading the team in rebounds with 8.4 a game.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon is averaging 9.8 points per contest while snagging 8.2 boards a game. She is also averaging 1.8 blocks per contest.
- Taylor Agler is averaging 7.6 points a game and is shooting .393 from the field. Agler is also leading the team in steals with 24.
- Yamonie Jenkins is averaging 3.78 assists a game.
- Katie Barker is shooting .448 from three-point range.
- As a team, Ohio is averaging 66.9 points a game while opponents are averaging 55.7 points against Ohio.
- The Bobcats are shooting .377 from the field, .275 from three-point range and .675 from the free throw line.
- The Bobcats are grabbing an average of 36.4 rebounds a game.
- The Ohio defense is forcing opponents to turn the ball over 21.7 times a game, while Ohio averages 13.7 turnovers a game.
- Ohio is also averaging 11.1 steals a game.
- The Bobcats also average 4.3 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 19.3 points and 8.4 rebounds a game.
- Lampkins is now sixth all-time in scoring with 1,363 total points.
- Lampkins needs 77 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 doube-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.
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.
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 doube-double on Dec. 10 at IUPUI, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 boards in the victory.
BOBCATS IN THE MAC
- The Bobcats rank first in the MAC in field goal percentage defense (.340), turnover margin (+8.0) and blocked shots (4.3).
- Ohio ranks second in the conference in scoring defense (55.7) and steals (11.1).
- Individually, Quiera Lampkins is second in scoring (19.3), fifth in rebounds (8.4), fourth in offensive rebounds (4.0) and second in minutes played (35.9).
- Taylor Agler is first in steals (2.7).
- Jasmine Weatherspoon is first in blocked shots (1.9) and second in steals (2.6).
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 Ohioâs 63-55 victory over the Bearcats.
- 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 18th in field goal percentage defense, ninth in turnover margin, 14th in fewest turnovers and 23rd in forced turnovers.
- Quiera Lampkins is ranked 31st in points per game and 29th in offensive rebounds per game.
- 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.
- The Bobcats are once again producing stellar defense.
- So far this season, Ohio is holding opponents to only 55.7 points a game.
- The Bobcats are forcing opponents to turn the ball over an average of 21.7 times a game and are stealing the ball on average of 11.1 times a game.
- The Bobcats are second in the MAC in scoring defense (55.7), first in field goal percentage defense (.340), first in blocked shots (4.3) and second in turnover margin (+8.0).
- The Bobcats are currently fourth in this weekâs collegeinsider.com mid-major poll.
BOBCATS IN THE RPI
- The Bobcats are currently ranked 71st 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.
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.
- 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.
- The Bobcats welcome two newcomers to the 2016-17 squad.
- Amani Burke Lettered all four years at Columbus Eastmoor Academy under head coach Charity Martinâ¦.at 5â 9â she averaged 14.9 points per game during her senior yearâ¦. Burke reached 1,000 points and became the all-time leading scorer at Eastmoor Academy in 2016â¦ In 24 games, she shot 55% from the field and averaged 3.5 steals per game in her junior yearâ¦ 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 Associationâ¦She was awarded as a Super 7 Standout after her performance at the Classic in the Country in Berlin, Ohioâ¦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.
- Mecheâla Cobb averaged 19.9 points, 10 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals in her senior season under coach Jeff Bluntâ¦ She led New Albany to a 14-11 overall record and to the cusp of the programâs first Division I district championshipâ¦Cobb lost her junior season to a torn left ACLâ¦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-countryâ¦She was named to the 2015-16 Associated Press Division I All-Ohio girls basketball First Team, based on the recommendations of a media panelâ¦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 yearâ¦She was runner-up Player of the Year in her conference her sophomore year.
- 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 womenâs 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 Bobcatsâ 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 Ohioâs 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 Boldonâs first season, finishing with a record of 26-7.
- Boldon finished the season with 62 total wins at Ohio.
- Marwan Miller is beginning his first year as an assistant coach on head coach Bob Boldonâs 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 Francisâ current players.
- During the 2015 season at Ohio, Miller filled in as an assistant coach to the womenâs basketball team during an assistant coachâs maternity leave. He was on the floor coaching as well as recruiting and scouting during the teamâs 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.
The Bobcats wrap up nonconference play after the holiday, when Ohio heads to Greensboro, N.C. to take on North Carolina A&T. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the Ellis F. Corbett Sports Center.