WEST LAYFAYETTE, Ind. – For the first time since 1994, the Ohio women's basketball team (5-3) came out of a Big 10 arena with a victory, defeating Purdue (6-5), 77-71 Sunday afternoon inside Mackey Arena. The win against Purdue was the first against the Boilermakers since 1982.
Five Bobcats finished the game in double figures, with Amani Burke leading the team with 17, followed by Cierra Hooks with 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Alexis Stover (12), Dominique Doseck (10) and Gabby Burris (10) also hit double figures.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Purdue would open the game to a 4-0 lead before Doseck (Athens, Ohio) hit her first three of the game. Then after Purdue went up 6-3, Ohio would start a run to go up 8-6 with 5:30 left in the quarter, thanks to five-straight points from Stover (Solon, Ohio).
Purdue would race out to an 18-12 lead with 2:58 left in the quarter before Burke would connect on a layup and then hit a three moments later to make the score 20-17 with 2:11 left in the quarter. Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) would then register a layup and then Burke (Columbus, Ohio) hit two free throws with 45 seconds left to tie the game at 21. Purdue would get a basket at the buzzer, and the Bobcats would wrap up the first quarter down 23-21.
The Bobcats would tie the game up at 23-23 early in the second quarter on a three by Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.). Moments later, Barker would tie the game up again on her first career layup and then Stover would drain another three to put Ohio up 28-25 at the 8:18 mark.
The Bobcats would take a 36-34 lead at the 1:57 mark thanks to a layup from Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio). Purdue would hit a three at the end of the quarter to give the Boilermakers a 37-36 lead going into half.
At the half, the Bobcats were led by Stover with 10 points, while Barker and Burke added seven points. The Bobcats shot .452 from the field, .556 from three-point range and .750 from the free throw line.
Ohio opened the second half on an 8-0 run before Purdue connected on a layup at the 6:09 mark to give Ohio the 44-39 lead. Purdue would then take the lead with 4:21 to go in the third quarter before Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and Doseck both registered layup to give Ohio the 48-45 lead with three minutes to go.
After Purdue hit a three to tie the game up again, Burris would respond with a three of her own to put Ohio up 51-48. Purdue would retake the lead with 1:56 to go in the quarter, but a free throw and back-to-back steals and layups from Hooks would give Ohio the 56-52 lead after the third quarter.
Purdue would not retake the lead again in the game, and Ohio would go up as much as seven with 5:52 left in the game. Then with 3:46 left in the game, Purdue would go on a 5-0 run to cut the Ohio lead to one before Burris would hit another three, putting the Bobcats up 69-65 with 3:29 left.
The Boilermakers would be unable to close the gap, and Ohio would come away with the 77-71 victory.
Burke led the team with 17 points, going 5-of-12 form the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range. Hooks added 15 points, going 6-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from the free throw line. Stover hit a career high 12 points, going 4-of-9 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Burris scored 10 points. 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-2 from three and Doseck added 10 points, going 2-of-6 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
As a team, the Bobcats had one of their best shooting games of the season, going 26-of-56 (.464) from the field, 10-of-16 (.625) from three-point range and 15-of-25 (.600) from the free throw line.
The Bobcats forced Purdue to turn the ball over 33 times and scored 36 points off of those turnovers. Ohio also grabbed 15 steals and dished out 12 assists and had three blocks.
The Bobcats also scored 32 points in the paint and 37 bench points.
This was the Bobcats' second all-time win against Purdue, the last time coming on Feb. 6, 1982 in West Lafayette.
This was the first win in a Big 10 arena since Dec. 14, 1994 at Michigan.
The win improves the Bobcats overall record against the Big 10 to 6-35. And Ohio's third win over a Big 10 team under Boldon.
The win in head coach Bob Boldon's 88th at Ohio and 187th of his career and the 552nd overall win in program history.
"It was terrific. The shots indeed did start falling and credit to these kids for all the time and effort they put into their preparation. We've been shooting it a lot, we dedicated nearly an entire practice to shooting, and I'm just really proud of these kids. I'm just really happy for them." – Head Coach Bob Boldon
"We maybe felt like we let the Michigan game slip away, and you run out of chances to play schools like these. Especially for Taylor, what she's gone through and what she means to this team. I think this is something that she can hang onto as a proud moment as a Bobcat. She deserves a lot of credit, not only for what she did on the floor but the way she's dealt with these young kids. In the last ten minutes, she did as much coaching as I did." - Head Coach Bob Boldon
"It's exciting to see what it might be. This is something that the coaching staff has seen in practice that the general public hasn't." - Head Coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcats will take a week off for finals and then head to West Palm Beach, Fla. for the West Palm Invitational Dec. 16-17. The Bobcats will face off against Furman at 2:30 on Dec. 16 and then wrap up the weekend against Virginia on Dec. 17 at 3:15.