Both Ohio and Kent State were faced with a competition void after their respective games on Jan. 12 were postponed, however that is no longer the case. The Mid-American Conference announced on Monday that Ohio’s game against Kent State on Jan. 19 would be moved up by a week.
Ohio (6-4, 0-1 MAC) is coming off a 71-68 loss against Northern Illinois. MAC assist leader Erica Johnson was missing from Ohio’s conference opener due to COVID-19 protocols. Ohio will look to change the course of its season against Kent State (9-4, 1-3 MAC).
Opponent: Kent State
Venue: The Convo (Athens, Ohio)
Time: 7 p.m.
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Meet the opponent
Head coach: Todd Starkey (sixth season)
00 Casey Santoro
04 Nila Blackford
14 Katie Shumate
15 Bridget Dunn
32 Hannah Young
Individual statistical leaders
Points: Santoro (13.2 points per game)
Field goal percentage: Bexley Wallace (66.7%)
Free throw percentage: Dunn (100%)
Rebounds: Blackford (9.3 rebounds per game)
Assists: Santoro (3.9 assists per game)
The last time the Golden Flashes came to The Convo was on Feb. 3, 2021. The Bobcats used the home court to their advantage and defeated the Golden Flashes 85-70. It was the first game the Bobcats had won against the Golden Flashes since the 2019-20 season.
In their last 10 matchups, the Bobcats are 6-4 against the Golden Flashes. Ohio holds a slight historical advantage when playing at home, however. Ohio is 8-4 against Kent State in The Convo since the 2010-11 season.
Player to Watch:
Blackford — Her keen rebounding will be crucial to Kent State against Ohio’s dismal defensive rebounding. Blackford can help Kent State create more scoring opportunities by picking up where Ohio leaves off. If Ohio leaves space open for Blackford, she will cause problems on Wednesday.