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MAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SUNDAY

December 30, 2013
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AKRON, Ohio -- Kacie Cassell posted a career-high 20 points and Hanna Luburgh scored 21 of her 25 points in the second half to carry Akron past Youngstown State, 91-75, in non-conference action Sunday afternoon at James A. Rhodes Arena.
 
UA improved to 6-5 on the season with its 11th-straight home victory, while YSU slipped to 4-8.
 
The Zips shot 55.6 percent from the field, led by Cassell who was 7-of-11 from the floor with four 3-pointers. Luburgh connected on 10 of her 16 attempts from the floor and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Cassell and Luburgh also dished out three assists apiece.
 
Rachel Tecca joined the senior duo in double figures with 11 points, adding six rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
 
The Zips received a balanced offensive attack from its bench as well, guided by DiAndra Gibson with nine points and Anita Brown with eight.
 
Heidi Schlegel paced Youngstown State with a game-high 27 points that included a 13-for-14 performance from the charity stripe.
 
The Penguins handily won the battle of the boards, 40-27, but it was overshadowed by Akron's accurate shooting percentage and season-low eight turnovers. UA countered that by forcing YSU into 18 miscues, which translated into 21 points for the Zips.
 
The two teams were evenly matched for the better part of the first half, fighting through four tie scores before YSU's Kelsea Newman drained a 3-pointer to knot the score a fifth time at 22-all. With 6:06 left in the half, the Zips surged ahead to outscore the Penguins 20-5 over the final minutes of the opening period.
 
Akron's scoring tsunami was highlighted by a 13-2 run, over which the Zips held YSU scoreless for nearly four minutes. Gibson sank her third 3-pointer of the game at the 4:14 mark to get the offense rolling, and Brown chimed in with a sequence of four points and a steal to extend the lead to double digits.
 
UA's defense followed suit, holding Youngstown State to just nine field goals in the first 20 minutes. The Zips recorded five of the team's seven blocks in the first half, and they held a 42-27 advantage at intermission.
 
Youngstown State came out of the locker room and scored six-straight points to force an Akron timeout. The Penguins continued to chip away and would cut UA's lead down to as little as four, 55-51, on another Newman 3-point basket at 11:38.
 
Back-to-back Luburgh jumpers and a triple from Carly Young gave Akron a little breathing room, helping to build a 62-53 lead with just over nine minutes to play in the game.
 
Cassell drilled a 3-pointer at the 6:36 mark that put the Zips up by 11 and gave them a comfortable cushion to ride out the rest of the way.
 
The Zips return to action on Saturday, Jan. 4, when they begin Mid-American Conference play against Ball State at Rhodes Arena. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. ET.
 
 
OXFORD, Ohio – Five players scored in double figures to anchor a season-best performance from the Miami women’s basketball team in a 91-80 win over Cleveland State at Millett Hall on Sunday afternoon.
 
The RedHawks’ (4-7) 91 points are their most since scoring 95 in an overtime win at Akron on Jan. 4, 2012. It’s also the most Miami has recorded in a regulation game since defeating Iona 92-77 on Dec. 4, 2011.
 
The Robertson sisters got Miami started on the right foot. Haley Robertson and Hannah Robertson scored the RedHawks’ first 11 points and MU led 13-8 at the first media timeout.
 
After the Red and White grabbed a 15-9 lead, the Vikings drew within one on a Kiersten Green jumper and a Cori Coleman three. Jessica Rupright answered that short spurt with a score through contact to put MU up 17-14 with just over eight minutes gone by.
 
MU stretched out a 20-19 lead on the strength of an 11-0 run that spanned 6:21. Nicole Anderson converted two layups, both on Erica Almady assists. Almady then took matters into her own hands by driving to the basket, scoring through contact and knocking down the ensuing free throw to put the RedHawks up 27-19. A Hannah Robertson jumper and two Anderson free throws capped the run and put Miami up 31-19 with 4:20 remaining.
 
The Vikings’ caught fire from beyond the arc down the stretch, knocking down three trifectas, including two in the final 30 seconds to cut the RedHawks’ lead to 39-32 at the break.
 
CSU kept clawing closer and eventually pulled within four points (43-39) with 16:49 showing on the clock. The RedHawks countered with eight-straight points to extend their lead back to 12. Hannah Robertson scored four of those points to move into double figures.
 
The RedHawks’ lead eventually grew to 14 points (63-49) with 10:07 remaining after a Kindsay Brandt jumper from the corner. Cleveland State would get no closer than six points the rest of the way.
 
MU shot a season-high 59.1 percent from the field and dished out 22 assists on their 29 baskets. The Vikings made 41.9 percent of their attempts, including 13-of-34 from three-point range. The RedHawks shots a season-high 42 free throws, making 29 of them (69 percent) to outscore the Vikings (15-of-21) by 14 points at the charity stripe. Miami also pulled away on the glass, enjoying a 40-30 advantage in rebounding.
 
Both Haley Robertson and Hannah Robertson chipped in 15 points to lead MU. Rupright (12 points), Jillian Spurlock (11) and Anderson (10) also scored in double figures to lead a balanced attack.
 
Miami opens Mid-American Conference play against Western Michigan on Saturday, opening tip is at 2 p.m.
 
 
Erica Donovan scored 11 of her 22 points in the first five minutes of the game, helping the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team defeat Saint Francis University, 81-66, Sunday afternoon (Dec. 29). The non-conference contest was held at the Stroh Center.
 
With the win, the Falcons improve to 10-2 on the season. BGSU has won 10 non-conference games for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. The Red Flash dropped to 2-9 on the year.
 
Donovan, a redshirt sophomore, set a new career scoring best, and also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Her first 11 points helped the Brown and Orange race out to a 24-5 lead before the game was five minutes old.
 
Junior Deborah Hoekstra had 16 points off the bench, while sophomore Miriam Justinger scored 12 points and added a career-high nine rebounds. Seniors Jillian Halfhill and Alexis Rogers each had 10 points to round out the Falcons' quintet of double-figure scorers.
 
For the third time in four home games this year, BGSU never trailed. Donovan hit a three-pointer on the first possession of the game, giving the Brown and Orange the lead with just 17 seconds gone, and Rogers picked Aisha Brock's pocket at midcourt and sailed in for a layup just 25 seconds later.
 
Halfhill was fouled on a three-point attempt and hit each of the ensuing free throws, giving the Falcons an 8-0 lead with just over a minute and a half gone. Moments later, Halfhill took a Donovan pass and drained a three-point try from the left corner, and the hosts were up, 11-0.
 
After the Red Flash took a timeout, Rebecca Keegan's jumper got the visitors on the board with 2:40 elapsed. But, Rogers kicked the ball out to Donovan for a corner three, and BGSU converted back-to-back transition layups for a 19-2 advantage.
 
The first layup came when Rogers scored off of a nifty pass from Justinger. Then, Rogers found Donovan for an 'and-one' layup at the 16:45 mark. Donovan completed the three-point play by hitting the free throw, and the visitors used their second timeout of the game.
 
At that point, the Falcons had made 6-of-8 shots from the floor, including all three shots from beyond the arc, and BG was a perfect 4-of-4 from the stripe as well.
 
Brock knocked down a three-point shot at the 15:55 mark, but Donovan grabbed a teammate's missed shot, laying the ball back up and in, and a Rogers steal resulted in Halfhill spotting Justinger for a triple, the Falcons' fourth of the game. Just four minutes and 56 seconds into the game, the home team had a 24-5 lead.
 
And, for all intents and purposes, the outcome had been decided. Although the Red Flash fought valiantly the rest of the afternoon, the visitors could not cut the BGSU lead below double digits.
 
Alli Williams led SFU with 18 points, while Brock scored 15 and Alexa Hayward 13. Hayward sat out the entire first half, but played all 20 minutes of the second period.
 
BGSU enjoyed a 53-36 rebounding advantage on the day. In addition to the 10 boards by Donovan and the nine from Justinger, senior Jill Stein pulled down eight boards and Rogers seven. Hoekstra had five rebounds to go along with her 16 points.
 
All nine Falcons in uniform played between 17 and 28 minutes. Eight of the nine scored at least two points, and seven of the nine dished out at least one assist in the win.
 
With the Falcons leading by that 24-5 score, a steal and layup by Williams was followed by a Samiah Bethel free throw. But, junior Jasmine Matthews took a pass from freshman Rachel Konieczki and hit a long two-pointer, and Hoekstra stepped out beyond the arc to take a Donovan pass and sink a right-side trey. When Donovan grabbed a rebound and converted a shot in traffic in the paint, the Falcons had a 31-8 lead.
 
The visitors responded by scoring nine-straight points, with Brock accounting for the first five. But, moments later, the Falcons answered with a substantial scoring run of their own. Rogers drove down the right sideline, cut inside and whipped a pass to a wide-open Hoekstra in the left corner for a three-pointer to begin the run.
 
Justinger hit two charity tosses, and Donovan threw an inbounds pass the length of the court to Rogers for an easy layup at the 6:37 mark. Justinger got back to the line and hit a pair of shots, and Hoekstra followed her own missed shot, grabbed the rebound in traffic and in one motion banked the ball off the square and through the hoop for a crowd-pleasing layup and a 44-19 lead.
 
With just under five minutes left in the half, Rogers again found Hoekstra for a three-pointer. Justinger and Hoekstra each split a pair of shots from the stripe, and Justinger fed freshman Abby Siefker for a driving layup at the 3:10 mark. The run was 18-0, and the Falcons' lead was a game-high 32 points, 51-19.
 
It was the visitors' turn to make a run, as a three-point play by Williams began a 15-1 surge to end the half. Williams scored eight points and Brock five during that time, and a Williams layup with just seven second left before the intermission cut the Falcons' lead to 18 points, 52-34.
 
The Falcons' 52-point total was the highest in a half in the Jennifer Roos head-coaching era, and was the second-highest total ever recorded at the Stroh Center (BG had 60 first-half points vs. Western Kentucky in the 2011-12 season). But, BGSU's game total of 81 points on Sunday was the team's lowest in four home contests this season.
 
BGSU shot an even 50 percent from the field in that half, and the Falcons were 7-of-17 (41.2%) from three-point range in the opening 20 minutes.
 
After the Falcons scored 24 points in the first five minutes of the opening half, the Brown and Orange did not score a point for over four minutes to start the second period. Hayward got a defensive rebound and went coast to coast for a layup, and a Keegan banker narrowed the margin to 14 points early in the period.
 
The Falcons' first points of the half came on a Rogers putback, but that began a 13-0 run for the hosts. Williams, SFU's leading scorer, was called for an offensive foul -- her fourth of the game -- with 15:25 remaining, and Donovan converted a three-point play at the other end.
 
Hoekstra came up with a rebound at the defensive end of the court, then got a nifty driving layup to drop at the offensive end, giving BG a 59-38 lead. Halfhill sank a floater in the lane while drawing a foul, making the resulting shot from the line, and when Matthews took a Hoekstra pass and drilled a triple try, the Falcons' lead was 65-38 with 12:33 to go.
 
BG's lead remained over 20 points until a Hayward three capped a 7-0 run and put the visitors within 18, 75-57, with 2:27 left. That lead got down to 14 points on three occasions, but the Red Flash could draw no closer, and Justinger's free throw in the final seconds closed the scoring.
 
For the game, the Falcons shot 38.3% from the field, including just a 7-of-28 (25.0%) effort in the second period. SFU shot 37.7% on the afternoon.
 
BG committed 21 turnovers, tying the team's season high, on Sunday, but the Falcons forced SFU into 17 turnovers, and the home team had a 22-19 edge in points off turnovers.
 
The home team made 27 free throws in 35 attempts (77.1%), while the visitors were 8-of-16 (50.0%) from the stripe.
 
Rogers led the Falcons in both assists and steals, with a career-high four helpers and three thefts in addition to her 10 points and seven boards.
 
The Falcons have won at least 10 non-conference games for the seventh time in school history, all coming within the last eight years. No other Mid-American Conference team has posted double-digit win totals more than twice, although Eastern Michigan is 9-1 with one non-league game remaining.
 
BGSU has a record of 84-21 in non-conference games over the past eight seasons.
 
The Falcons begin MAC play on Saturday (Jan. 4), hosting the University at Buffalo in a 2:00 p.m. start at the Stroh.
 
 
VALPARAISO, Ind.- Western Michigan outscored Valparaiso 21-2 over the first eight minutes of the second half and the Broncos ran away with 72-50 victory on the road at Valparaiso Sunday. The 22-point margin of victory was WMU's largest of the season.
 
It was the final non-conference game for Western Michigan, which will take a 4-7 record into Mid-American Conference play which begins on Jan. 4 at Miami.
 
"I am really pleased with the way we played today," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "We had been asking them to take the passion meter up a notch. I think you saw that today."
 
After building a 10-point advantage to lead 37-27 at halftime, Western Michigan kicked it into another gear coming out of the break. Junior A.J. Johnson sparked the offense with her defense, picking Valpo's ball handlers clean on back-to-back possessions for wide open fast break layups. Johnson also hit a three-pointer during the big run and scored nine of the team's first 18 points of the second half.
 
"A.J. led us in steals last year and we challenged her to get some of those again," Clipfell said. "We put her in ball hawk situations so we could extend our pressure. That's what A.J. does and that's what she brings. When she does that everyone gets fired up and everyone plays a little harder."
 
Johnson was one of three Broncos to score in double figures, finishing with 12 points, two rebounds and five steals. Sophomore Miracle Woods totaled 15 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Alex Morton had 10 points for the second straight game, as well as three assists and two steals.
 
Woods largely carried the load for Western Michigan in the first half, where she totaled 11 of her points. Marquisha Harris also chipped in eight first half points as the pair worked the post. Harris additionally tied a career-high with four assists, many of those going to Woods.
 
"I thought we did a good job getting the ball into Marquisha and Miracle early. I think that was the first glimpse of those two together near the form that were at the end of the year last year.
 
Western Michigan shot 48.2 percent from the floor, its second highest mark of the season and went 6-for-19 (31.6%) from downtown. WMU held the higher stat line as far as points in the paint, (36-20), points off turnovers (24-12) and second chance points (20-7).
 
Valparaiso (2-9) made just one of its first 11 shots to start the second half and finished the game shooting 36.4 percent. Charae Richardson paced her team with a game-high 18 points.
 
 
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Ball State’s women’s basketball team tallied a 83-75 victory over IPFW Sunday night in the Gates Sports Center.  With the win, the Cardinals improve to 5-6 overall, while the Mastodons fell to 7-7.
 
Four Cardinals scored in double figures with senior guard Brandy Woody leading the way with 22 points.  Woody also made 13-of-14 free throws for the game.  Sophomore forward Nathalie Fontaine ended the night with 17 while teammates senior forward Katie Murphy and freshman guard Jill Morrison each had 14 apiece.
 
The win marked one of the Cardinals best shooting performances of the season.  Ball State shot 53.1 percent for the game while holding the Mastodons to 39.3 from the field.
 
Ball State opened the second half with a 13-0 run to go up 50-13 with just three minutes shaved off the clock.  Murphy started the scoring spree off with a layup while Woody and Morrison followed with back-to-back three pointers.
 
With 6:40 left to play, the Cardinals had built their largest lead of the contest, 71-55, which came off of free throws from Woody. Like the first half, IPFW managed to chip away at the Cardinals lead after going on a 14-2 run making it a 73-69 contest with 2:53 left.
 
For the game Ball State went 24-of-28 from the charity stripe helping the Cardinals seal the victory down the stretch.  Woody made eight straight in the closing minutes of the ball game.
 
Fontaine started the game off with a layup to give Ball State the early 2-0 edge over IPFW.  The Cardinals would then put together a 25-13 run allowing Ball State to take the 27-13 lead over IPFW with 10:09 remaining in the first half.  After that, IPFW responded with a 28-12 run to take a 37-36 halftime advantage over the Cardinals.
 
The Ball State women's basketball team begins Mid-American Conference action Saturday at Akron with a 2 p.m. tipoff in James A. Rhodes Arena.
 
 
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (4-6) wraps up non-conference play for 2013-14 as it meets the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (1-10) in the third-place game of the James Madison University Invitational on Monday (Dec. 30) at the Convocation Center.
 
The Bobcats and the Retrievers will be squaring off for the first time. Tipoff is scheduled for noon ET. Jacob Corrigan will have the call on WOUB-AM 1340.
 
Ohio dropped a 56-33 decision to host James Madison University in its opening game of the JMU Invitational on Sunday (Dec. 29). The Bobcats lost despite limiting the Dukes to 37.5% shooting from the field and tallying nine steals. Freshman guard Quiera Lampkins (Gahanna, Ohio) reached double figures for the third time this season with 11 points to lead Ohio. Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
 
- Led by 12th-year head coach Phil Stern, UMBC owns a 1-10 mark and has dropped 10 straight after defeating Eastern, 59-50, in its season opener on Nov. 11. The Retrievers fell to Norfolk State, 56-43, on Sunday in the opening game of the JMU Invitational.
 
Freshman forward Sara Tarbert leads UMBC with 14.5 points and 7.5 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 11.4 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 (12.0), field goals made per game (3.5) and three-point field goal attempts per game (7.4). She ranks second on the team in free throw percentage (70.6%) and three-point field goals made per game (2.0). She is also tied for second on the team with freshman forward Hannah Boesinger (Hudson, Ohio) with 1.3 steals per game and is tied for second on the team with redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ohio) with 2.4 free throws made per game. She ranks third on the team in steals per game (1.1) and free throw attempts per game (3.4).
 
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 39 games she's played in, totaling 393 points (10.1 per game). She is a career 31.0% shooter -- including 24.3% from three-point range.
 
- Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) has started all 10 games at forward, averaging 26.3 minutes per contest. She is Averaging 7.9 points per game, has reached double figures in scoring a team-high five times and has led team in scoring three times. Baldwin leads the team in blocks per game (0.9, which ranks fifth in the conference). She ranks second on the team in rebounds per game (5.2) and also ranks second on the team in field goal percentage (48.2%). Baldwin ranks third on the team in three-point field goal percentage (38.5%), three-point field goals made per game (1.0) and three-point field goal attempts per game (2.6).
 
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 13 of the 39 games she's played in, compiling 241 points (6.2 per game), 211 rebounds (5.4 per game) and 34 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 10 games, making nine starts at guard and averaging 23.3 minutes per contest. She is averaging 6.9 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring three times. Yelle leads the team with 2.4 assists per gameand has led the team in assists four times. She also leads the team in field goal percentage (50.0%), three-point field goal percentage (42.9%) and free throw attempts per game (4.3). Yelle ranks second on the team in free throws made per game (2.4).
 
Yelle finished with a career-high 11 points at Eastern Kentucky.
 
Yelle has started 20 of the 24 games she's appeared in. Has tallied 117 points (4.9 per game), 53 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 10 games off the bench, averaging 15.3 minutes per game. She is averaging 4.7 points per game. Boesinger ranks second on the team in three-point field goal percentage (38.9%). She is also tied for second on the team with sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) for second on the team in 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 10 starts at guard, averaging a team-high 28.6 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. She also leads the team with 2.1 three-point field goals made per game. She leads the team in three-point field goals made (2.1), ranks second on the team with 8.5 field goal attempts per game and 7.0 three-point field goal attempts per game and ranks third on the team with 1.3 assists per game. She also ranks third on the team in free throw percentage (66.7%).
 
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 21 of the 66 games she has played in, compiling 455 points (6.9 per game), 97 assists (1.5 per game) and 44 steals. She is a career 31.3% shooter -- including 31.9% 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 10 games, making one start at guard and averaging 19.7 minutes per game. She is averaging 2.3 points per game. Jenkins has led team in assists three times. She ranks second on the team with 1.8 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 10 games off the bench, averaging 15.0 minutes per game. She is averaging 2.6 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game. Weatherspoon leads the team in free throw percentage (75.0%). She is tied with freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) for second on the team in blocks per game (0.5).
 
- Freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) tallied a career-high two steals in the win over Notre Dame College.
 
Cooper has started all 10 games at forward, averaging 26.5 minutes per contest, which ranks second on the team. She is averaging 6.0 points per game and is leading the team with 5.3 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 seven games off the bench, averaging 5.1 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 10 games at guard, averaging 26.3 minutes per contest, which ranks third on the team. She ranks third on the team with 8.5 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring three times. Lampkins leads the team in steals per game (1.9), which ranks ninth in the conference. She also leads the team in free throws made per game (2.7). Lampkins ranks second on the team in field goals made per game (2.9) and free throw attempts per game (4.1) and ranks third on the team in field goal percentage (36.3%) 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.

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