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Ohio University's Jaya McClure (0) drives for a layup against Central Michigan University at the Convocation Center on Feb. 18, 2023.

Women's Basketball: Ohio looks to bounce back against Western Michigan

Ohio (6-20, 4-11 Mid-American Conference) is looking for a bounce back win against Western Michigan (10-16, 5-10 MAC) on Saturday.

After the Bobcats' 26-point loss to Kent State on Wednesday, they will need to play better in their last three games of the season if they want any chance at competing in the MAC Tournament.

The Bobcats and Broncos squared off on Jan. 18, a game in which the Bobcats took a one-point lead into halftime before their offense stalled in the third quarter, ultimately falling 68-57.

Game Information

Opponent: Western Michigan

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Read Fieldhouse (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

How to watch: ESPN3

Meet the opponent

Coach: Shane Clipfell (11th season)

Probable starters

02 Maddie Watters

03 Hannah Spitzley

10 Gabi Saxman

14 Abby Voss

33 Taylor Williams

What to know since game one

  • After a promising start in conference play including four wins in their first six games, the Broncos have struggled to win. The Broncos are currently on a five-game losing streak, and have only won one of their last nine games. The Broncos' recent struggles can be credited to the absence of star player Lauren Ross. Ross was one of the MAC's leading scorers before her injury. Ross was a huge factor in the Broncos' victory over the Bobcats earlier this year, finishing the Jan. 18 contest with 25 points and 4 assists.
  • Every one of the five games the Broncos have lost in a row has been by at least 10 points. Two of the five losses came by at least 30 points. The Read Fieldhouse has not been a fortress as of late, the Broncos are 2-3 in their last five home games.

Keys to the game

  • The Bobcats defense struggled on Wednesday in their defeat against Toledo. Without Ross, the Bobcats should have an easier task on Saturday against the Broncos. The Bobcats will still need their young playmakers, Jaya McClure and Yaya Felder, to shine offensively if they want to split the season series with the Broncos.


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