RICHMOND, Va. – The Ohio women's basketball team (10-0) started the season with 10 wins for the first time in program history as the Bobcats took down Richmond (2-9), 109-58 on Saturday afternoon at the Robins Center.
"It was a good win, it was a little slow to start, but a good second quarter carried us through the third and the fourth quarter," head coach Bob Boldon said. "It's a nice way to head into the holiday, that's for sure."
Ohio's 109 points was the fifth highest point total in program history and the highest since 2014. Ohio had only scored 100 points twice in one season in 1991, when the Bobcats scored 111 against Hofstra and 110 against Kent State. The Bobcats scored 100 points against Eastern Kentucky earlier this season.
"Our kids keep showing up," Boldon added. "You know we're a little inexperienced, but we keep showing up everyday, working and getting better. Today we got a little bit better. For these guys to stay focused, come in here and take care of business on a long road trip, it's nice to see."
The Bobcats were led by junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) and sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio), who each had 24 points. Burke's 24 on 7-of-10 shooting and 4-of-5 from deep was her career high, while Burris was just one off her career best of 25 which she set against Lamar earlier this season. Burris went 8-of-14 from the field and had a career high six threes. Burke added six rebounds and two assists and had a +/- of 42, while Burris was also +/- of 42 with three rebounds.
Ohio had three scorers with 20 or more points as senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) had a season best of 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Doseck hit four threes, her season-best, and was 1-for-2 from the free throw line while adding a career-high seven rebounds and six assists.
"I think our intensity and focus changed a little bit (after the first quarter), Doseck said. "We came out playing their speed and their tempo and we can't do that. We have to play at our speed and our pace. We had a new focus coming in the second half and also a new attention to detail and rebounding really paid off for us."
Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) added 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Hooks had five rebounds and six assists in the win while being an impressive +31 during the game.
Each Bobcat that entered the game scored at least one point. Senior forward Olivia Bower (Baltimore, Ohio), senior forward Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) and redshirt freshman guard Kaylee Bambule (Plainfield, Ill.) each had six points in the win. Bower pulled down six rebounds, Jessing had five and Bambule had two. Sophomore guard Hunter Rogan (Urbana, Ohio) got her first bucket of the season on an and-one and ended with three points.
Ohio shot 58.0 percent (40-of-69) from the field and was 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the three point line overall. Ohio held Richmond to 29 percent shooting and the Bobcats forced 17 turnovers in the game while turning the ball over nine times. Ohio assisted on 24 buckets in the win.
Ohio found themselves down 18-17 after the first period. Richmond opened the game with a three but Burke answered with one of her own. The Bobcats went up on a Bower layup but Richmond went on a 6-0 run to go up 11-5. Ohio tied the game with two Doseck threes. Richmond grabbed an 18-13 lead but Ohio was able to get the lead down to one with a Hooks layup of a turnover.
The Bobcats were 7-of-15 from the field in the first quarter and 2-of-4 from the three point line. Richmond outrebounded the Bobcats 16-9 while Ohio forced four turnovers.
Ohio outscored the Spiders 32-16 in the second period and did not look back. Ohio took the lead at 19-18 with a Hooks layup. Richmond was able to grab an advantage at 22-21 but Burke made two free throws to cap a small run and go up 27-22. Richmond was able to cut the lead to 27-25 but an and one from Hooks and three from Burris put Ohio up 33-27. Ohio had a barrage of threes to take a 44-34 advantage before a Hooks layup and Burke buzzer-beater three gave Ohio a 49-34 advantage at the half.
The Bobcats were 5-of-10 from deep in the second quarter and 11-of-20 from the field. Burke was the leading scorer with 12 points in the second half while adding one rebound. Hooks had nine of her 15 points in the second quarter.
Ohio started the second half 11-0 run that was started with a Burke three and ended with a Hooks layup to put the Bobcats up 63-34. Ohio allowed just six points in the third quarter while putting up 31. The Bobcats ended the quarter on a 11-0 run that was capped by a Burke layup at the buzzer, giving Ohio an 80-40 lead at the break.
Burris a high of 13 points in the third quarter as the Bobcats were 11-of-19 from the field and 5-of-8 from the three point line. The Bobcats allowed just one Spiders field goal on 14 attempts and forced six Richmond turnovers.
Richmond was the first scorer in the fourth quarter but Ohio answered with a 7-0 run that included a Bambule three, two Jessing free throws and a Beck layup. Ohio and Richmond traded buckets until Beck gave the Bobcats their 100th and 101st point of the game. Rogan ended the game with her first bucket of the season to give Ohio a 109-58.
Ohio will stay on the road on Saturday, December 29 when the Bobcats take on American. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.