WASHINGTON D.C. – After the best start in program history, the Ohio women's basketball team (10-0) will continue its road stretch at American on Saturday at 2 p.m. inside Bender Arena. Already in their best opening stretch in school history, the Bobcats will look to improve to 11-0 for the first time ever.
Saturday's contest can be streamed on WatchStadium and the Patriot League Network. Jake Hromada will be on the call live on WOUB-AM 1340 and OhioBobcats.com.
109 POINTS AND 10-0
Ohio hit the 100 mark for the second time this season as the Bobcats took down Richmond, 109-58 to improve to 10-0. Ohio had never started a season 10-0.
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.
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.
ONE OF NINE UNDEFEATED TEAMS
Only 9 teams are left undefeated in Division I play this season. Ohio is joined by NC State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Utah, Maryland, UConn, Minnesota and South Alabama.
Ohio is ranked in both the ESPN Mid-Major Poll and the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. In ESPN's biweekly poll, Ohio is ranked No. 5 in the nation while Ohio is No. 8 in the College Insider Poll. Four MAC teams - Buffalo, Central Michigan and Toledo - are ranked in the ESPN poll with CMU at No. 2, Buffalo at No. 6 and Toledo at No. 10.
TOP-10 TURNOVER MARGIN
Ohio's tunrover margin of +7.8 is seventh in the nation and the highest in the Mid-American Conference. Kentucky is the nation's leader at 11.38, while the second highest MAC school is Buffalo at No. 17 in the country at 6.55.
FILLING IT UP
Ohio has one of the nations top offenses this season. The Bobcats rank No. 5 in the nation in scoring offense at 85.9. Ohio's field goal percentage of 48.0 is No. 12 in the nation, and Ohio is making 10.1 three pointers per game, good for No. 10 in the nation.
Ohio is leading the MAC in scoring offense and is second in field-goal percentage. Central Michigan is No. 9 in the nation at 49.7.
HOOKS IS SWIPING IT
Cece Hooks is No. 8 in the nation in steals per game at 3.8. She's had at least two swipes in every game and posted a season-best six steals against Eastern Kentucky in Ohio's 100-60 win. Chastadie Barrs of Lamar University is the nation's leader at 5.45.
JOHNSON EARNS MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AS OHIO MATCHES BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson earned her first MAC East Division Player of the Week award as Ohio defeated IUPUI, 73-66 and moved to 9-0. Ohio also started the season 9-0 in 1985-86.
Johnson put up a career-best 22 points in her a career-high 35 minutes on the floor. The Mansfield, Ohio native shot 58. 3 percent (7-of-12) from the floor and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. She also added seven rebounds – including three offensive boards – and six assists in the win. Johnson is averaging 11.6 points per game this season, 4.7 helpers per game and five rebounds per game.
JESSING'S CAREER HIGH PUSHES BOBCATS TO 8-0
Senior forward Kendall Jessing set mutiple career highs as Ohio pushed to 8-0 for just the second time in program history. Jessing posted a career best 14 points in the win and was a perfect 4-4 from the field while going 4-6 from the free throw line. Jessing set career highs in points (14), three point field goals made (2), free throws made (4) and field goals made (4).
Sophomore guard Gabby Burris led the Bobcats with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field with two three pointers. Burris also pulled down a team high seven rebounds and posted one steal. Junior guard Armani Burke had 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting with four assists, one block and one steal.
OHIO RUNS RECORD TO 7-0 WITH WIN OVER PURDUE
Behind a career-high 31 points from sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), Ohio remained undefeated after an 80-73 win over Big Ten Conference foe Purdue on Wednesday (Dec. 8) at the Convocation Center.
The Bobcats beat the Boilermakers for the second year in a row and beat a Big Ten opponent at the Convo for the second time in the last three years. Ohio has started a season 7-0 for the second time in the last three years and third time in program history.
Ohio's win over Purdue was sparked by a second quarter that saw the Bobcats outscore the Boilermakers 26-9 to take a 41-26 lead into halftime. Purdue outscored Ohio by a 47-39 margin in the second half, but the Bobcats were able to hang on for the victory. Ohio shot 55 percent (11-of-20) with four three-pointers in the second quarter while limiting Purdue to just 27.3 percent (3-of-11) from the floor.
Hooks led all scorers, going 11-of-20 from the field and 9-of-15 from the free throw line to record her second career game with at least 30 points. She also chipped in a team-high seven rebounds, a game-high five assists and a game-high five steals in 38 minutes. Senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) followed closely behind with 14 points by going 5-of-9 from the field -- including 4-of-6 from three-point range -- in 29 minutes before fouling out. Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) and sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) both contributed 11 points for Ohio. Johnson added five rebounds in 31 minutes, and Burris chipped in three boards, an assist and a block in 39 minutes of action. Senior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerstown, Ohio) added eight points and four rebounds while freshman forward Deesh Beck (Grand Rapids, Mich.) compiled seven rebounds to match Hooks for the team lead.
BURKE NAMED MAC EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week by the league office on Tuesday (Dec. 4). Burke, whose major is child and family studies, earned weekly conference honors for the first time in her career. She became the second Bobcat to be named MAC East Division Player of the Week.
Burke led all scorers with 17 points to help Ohio (6-0) beat Cleveland State, 72-54, last Saturday (Dec. 1) at the Convocation Center in Athens as the Bobcats improved to 6-0 to start a season for the third time in the last five years. She went 6-of-13 from the floor with four three-pointers. She also chipped in five rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in 31 minutes.
Burke currently ranks third on the team with 13.3 points per game and second with 2.7 steals per contest.
BOBCATS GO 2-0 AT DENVER THANKSGIVING CLASSIC
The Bobcats picked up a pair of victories in Colorado at the Denver Thanksgiving Classic.
Ohio knocked off St. Bonaventure, 70-53, on Nov. 23. The Bobcats shot 43.9 percent (25-of-57) from the floor and knocked down 10 three-pointers while limiting the Bonnies to just 34 percent (18-of-53) from the field. Ohio outrebounded St. Bonaventure, 35-32, and turned 19 turnovers by the Bonnies into 20 points. Doseck led all scorers with a season-high 19 points, going 6-of-12 from the field with five treys and hitting two of her three free throw attempts. Burris went 5-of-9 from the floor with a pair of triples and made all six of her free throw attempts to tally 18 points. Hooks logged 13 points after converting six of her 10 shots and also added five assists and a game-high four steals.
The following day, Burris achieved her first career double-double with a career-high 25 points and a career-high 10 rebounds as Ohio used a big second half to beat Lamar, 87-62. The Bobcats led the Cardinals by just five at halftime, 32-27, but outscored Lamar by a 52-35 count over the final 20 minutes of play. Ohio made 29 of its 36 free throw attempts in the victory -- including 12-of-14 in the fourth quarter. Burris went 8-of-15 from the field with two three-pointers and sank seven of her eight free throw attempts. She matched her career high for field goals made and set a new career high for free throws made. She also added two assists and a block. Four other Bobcats finished in double figures in the victory. Burke shot 6-of-11 from the floor and made all four of her free throw attempts to tally 16 points. Doseck scored 15 points, making four treys and three free throws to finish in double figures for the second game in a row. Burke and Doseck tied for the team lead with three steals apiece. Hooks made three field goals and knocked down eight of her 10 free throw tries en route to 14 points. She also logged six rebounds and two steals. Beck finished in double figures for the first time in her career with 10 points. Burke and Beck tied for second on the team with seven rebounds apiece.
BURRIS NAMED MAC EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Burris was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week on Nov. 13. Burris, whose major is undeclared, earned weekly conference honors for the first time in her career. Burris scored a career-high 23 points to lead Ohio to the win over UNCW. She shot 8-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, and made all four of her free throw attempts. She also chipped in five rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes of action.
In the win over Binghamton, Burris did not score, but Ohio was +35 with her on the floor. She tallied a career-high four steals in the victory. She then finished with 13 points off of four made field goals and five made free throws and hauled in a team-high seven boards in the win over Eastern Kentucky. Last Saturday against Cleveland State, Burris contributed 14 points and added five rebounds and a steal.
Burris currently leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game and ranks second on the squad with 14.9 points per game.
Burris earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2017-18. She averaged 10.2 points per game in her rookie campaign to rank third on the team and 4.4 boards per game to rank second.
HUNGRY FOR MORE
Hooks represented Ohio on the 2018-19 Preseason All-MAC East Division Team. Hooks is coming off a rookie season in which she was named MAC Freshman of the Year and earned sports on both the All-MAC Third Team and MAC All-Freshman Team. She averaged a team-high 13.5 points per game and became the second-highest scoring freshman in program history with 406 points. She broke Ohio's single-season record with 100 steals (3.3 per game) and led the Bobcats with 4.8 rebounds per game.
SEASON SIX UNDER BOLDON
The Bobcats are in their sixth season under the direction of Boldon, who was named the 10th head coach in program history on March 28, 2013.
Ohio has gone 110-58 (.653) with Boldon at the helm of the program. His .653 winning percentage is the highest of any head coach in the history of Ohio women's basketball, and he needs 13 more wins to surpass Marsha Reall (123; 1990-99) for the most in program history.
Boldon led Ohio to back-to-back MAC regular season titles in 2015 and '16. The Bobcats won the MAC tournament crown in 2015 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. Ohio participated in the WNIT in both 2016 and '17 and advanced to the third round in '16.
MEET THE COACHING STAFF
Tavares Jackson has been an assistant coach on Bob Boldon's Ohio staff for six years. Marwan Miller is in his third season on Boldon's staff as an assistant coach and fifth overall after serving as the program's director of operations for the 2013-14 and '14-15 seasons.
Steph Hass is the team's new assistant coach after spending the last two seasons at Florida Gulf Coast as a video coordinator following a four-year playing career with the Eagles. Tia Jameson is in her fourth season as Ohio's director of operations. Ohio familiar face will be on the Ohio bench as a graduate assistant this season as Kiyanna Black returns to the Bobcats following a stellar playing career in Athens in which she racked up 1,724 career points -- the third-most in the history of the program.
A LOOK BACK AT 2017-18
Ohio is coming off of a 2017-18 season in which it finished 16-15 overall and 9-9 in conference play. The No. 5-seeded Bobcats topped Akron, 85-73, in the MAC Tournament First Round before falling to No. 4-seeded Miami, 69-66, in the quarterfinals. Ohio has advanced to the MAC Tournament Quarterfinals each of the last three seasons.
BOBCATS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN MAC EAST
Ohio was picked to finish third in the MAC East Division in the league's 2018-19 preseason coaches' poll, which was announced by the league office on Wednesday (Oct. 31). The Bobcats earned three of the MAC East Division's 12 first-place votes and finished with 57 points. Ohio also received one vote to win the 2019 MAC regular season title.
American is 4-6 with wins over Tulsa, George Mason, UMBC and Hawaii. AU is No. 197 in the nation in scoring offense at 63.5 points per game and No. 226 in scoring defense at 66.9 points per game allowed. Kaitlyn Marenyi is the American leading scorer at 13.4 points per game.
Ohio will begin MAC play at Buffalo on Saturday Jan. 5 at 2 p.m.