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.
Opponent: Western Michigan
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Read Fieldhouse (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
How to watch: ESPN3
Meet the opponent
Coach: Shane Clipfell (11th season)
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.