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Ohio Women's Basketball Opens MAC Play at Buffalo

Ohio Women's Basketball Opens MAC Play at Buffalo

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OHIO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 12
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
2 p.m. | Ohio at Buffalo | Alumni Arena | Buffalo, New York | Game Notes | Live Audio | | Live Video | Live Stats

BUFFALO, N.Y. – After a perfect nonconference season, the Ohio Women's Basketball team (11-0, 0-0 MAC) will open Mid-American Conference play at Buffalo (8-3, 0-0 MAC) on Saturday at the Alumni Arena.

Saturday's contest can be watched on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Jake Hromada will be on the call live on WOUB-AM 1340 and OhioBobcats.com

DOSECK EARNS MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK AS OHIO WRAPS UP NONCONFERENCE SEASON PERFECT

Senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday (Jan. 1).

Doseck tied her career high with 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Ohio's 77-67 win over American on Saturday. She was 5-of-8 from the three-point line and had 20 points in the first half alone. Doseck added three assists and four rebounds in the victory over the Eagles.

Doseck earned weekly conference honors for the second time in her career and the first time this season. Doseck is the fourth Bobcat to be named MAC East Player of the Week, joining redshirt freshman Erica Johnson, sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio).

Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) had her second double-double of the season. Burris played all 40 minutes in the win, posting 19 points and 10 rebounds, which tied her season best. Burris added three assists to her 8-of-18 shooting, where two of her makes were from the three point line.

ONE OF SEVEN UNDEFEATED TEAMS

Only seven teams are left undefeated in Division I play this season. Ohio is joined by NC State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Utah, Maryland, and South Alabama.

MID-MAJOR POLLS

Ohio is ranked in both the ESPN Mid-Major Poll and the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. Ohio is ranked No. 5 in both polls. Ohio is the highest ranked MAC team in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll while Central Michigan is No. 6 and Buffalo s No. 7.

TOP-10 TURNOVER MARGIN

Ohio's tunrover margin of +8.0 is sixth in the nation and the highest in the Mid-American Conference. Kentucky is the nation's leader at 11.00, while the second highest MAC school is Buffalo at No. 14 in the country at 6.55.

FILLING IT UP

Ohio has one of the nations top offenses this season. The Bobcats rank No. 10 in the nation in scoring offense at 85.1. Ohio's field goal percentage of 48.1 is No. 10 in the nation, and Ohio is making 10.2 three pointers per game, good for No. 8 in the nation.

Ohio is leading the MAC in scoring offense and field goal percentage, and No. 2 in three point field goals made.

SECOND-HIGHEST GUARD FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN THE NATION

While Cece Hooks is No.  27 in the nation in field goal percentage, her 57.5 (69-of-120) percent mark is the second highest in the country by a guard. Mary Gedaka of Villanova is the highest guard at 67.0 percent.

SCORING MARGIN

Ohio is No. 9 in the nation in scoring Margin at +23.6 this season. Central Michigan is at No. 2 in the league and No. 58 in the country at 13.1. Mississippi State is the nation's leader at 40.5.

HOOKS IS SWIPING IT

Cece Hooks is No. 8 in the nation in steals per game at 4.09. She's had at least two swipes in every game and posted a season-best seven steals in Ohio's win over American in just 14 minutes of play.

109 POINTS!

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'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.

JOHNSON EARNS MAC EAST 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.

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.

SCOUTING BUFFALO

Buffalo is 8-3 and is coming off a 90-43 win over St. Bonaventure. Cierra Dillard led the way with 26 points in the win. Dillard has led the Bulls in all 11 games this season in scoring and is averaging 25.4 points per game. 

UP NEXT

Ohio will return home on Jan. 9 for its MAC home opener as the Bobcats welcome Central Michigan for a 7 p.m. tip off.

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