ATHENS, Ohio – Despite 17 points from freshman guard Cierra Hooks and junior guard Dominique Doseck, the Ohio women's basketball team (3-1) was unable to overcome a 25-point fourth quarter from 25th-ranked Michigan (4-1), falling to the Wolverines 74-61 inside the Convocation Center.
To go along with the 17 points from both Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) and Doseck (Athens, Ohio), sophomore guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) added 12 points, redshirt senior guard Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) added nine and redshirt sophomore forward Hannah Thome (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) had a career-high six points for the Bobcats. Hooks also led the team in rebounds with seven.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Michigan got out to an early 3-0 lead, however the Bobcats quickly erased that starting with a layup from Doseck and followed that up with a three pointer from Burke, putting Ohio ahead 5-3.
After a three-pointer from Agler with 6:19 left to give Ohio an 8-6 lead, Michigan would take an 11-8 lead before a three from Doseck would snap the Ohio scoring drought. The Bobcats would pull within two with 2:26 left on a layup from Burke, however, Michigan would take a 19-13 lead before Doseck hit a three in the closing seconds of the quarter to make the score 19-16 after one quarter.
The second quarter saw Michigan take a six-point lead at the 7:53 mark, however the Bobcats would fight and make it a 23-20 game moments later on a three from Burke. After the Ohio defense forced two turnovers and capitalized on them, an Agler layup would cut the Michigan lead to 25-24 with 5:12 left in the quarter.
A minute late, Doseck would drain another three, putting Ohio up 27-25 with 4:11 to go in the half. Then after an Agler steal and a layup from Hooks, the Bobcats would take a 29-24 lead before the Wolverines would tie it up at 29 with 1:39 left. Ohio would then exchange made free throws with Michigan, sending the game to the half tied at 31-31.
At the half, Doseck led Ohio with 11 points, going 3-of-5 from three-point range. Burke added nine points and Hooks added six through the first 20 minutes.
In the third quarter, Michigan would once again take a six-point lead, however, Ohio would again keep fighting, tying the game at 40-40 on a steal and a layup from Hooks with 5:18 left in the quarter. After the Wolverines would take a four-point lead, Hooks would again help cut the lead to two with another steal and layup with 3:12 left.
After Michigan would go up 48-42, Ohio would keep pushing and with the help from another Hooks layup, would be able to cut the lead to 49-46 at the end of the third.
Michigan would open the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run, taking a 59-46 lead before Hooks would break the drought with a layup at the 6:11 mark.
After a three-pointer from Thome cut the Michigan lead to 62-54, Michigan would go on a 7-2 run with 2:09 left to go up 70-57. While the Bobcats kept fighting, Ohio would be unable to get the game much closer and would fall by the final of 74-61.
As a team, Ohio forced 23 Michigan turnovers, with 14 of those coming from steals. The Bobcats then scored 16 points off of those Michigan miscues.
The Bobcat bench also helped out the offense for Ohio, with the bench added 23 points, compared to Michigan's four.
Thome played 13 minutes for the Bobcats, setting a career-high with six points, both coming from three-pointers. Those two threes were the first of her career and one of them came while her twin sister, Hallie, was guarding her.
The Bobcats were 21-of-65 (.323) from the field, 9-of-31 (.290) from three-point range and 10-of-15 (.667) from the charity stripe.
The Wolverines were 25-of-55 (.455) from the field, 5-of-20 (.250) from three-point range and 19-of-25 (.760) from the free throw line.
"Obviously we're pretty disappointed with the outcome, but we knew going into this game we weren't a finished product and we never thought that we were. I think this points out some weaknesses that we need to address and improve on. Our offense needs to get going, and defensively I thought we showed some good things but had an awful lot of breakdowns. But that's okay, it's the end of November and we play these games to be tested. I thought our kids showed plenty of toughness which is always all you can really ask for." – Head Coach Bob Boldon
"I thought Hannah was terrific today, that's a byproduct of practice. She's been battling injuries over the past couple of years, but she's been able to put a couple of weeks of good practice together and really her shots gave us a chance. I'm sure the Thome family is happy that both their daughters played well." – Head Coach Bob Boldon
"From the very first game we played until this game, these kids have worked their tails off and that's a lot of fun to coach. Just sometimes you see our lack of experience shine through with our misexecution of something. That takes practice and that takes reps. That's how you get better, the only way you fix it is by practicing. These kids have been willing to practice, they've worked very hard at practice and we're going to continue to get better." – Head Coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcats head back out on the road early next week then they go to Richmond, Ky. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 to take on Eastern Kentucky. Game time is set for 7 p.m.