ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Women's Basketball team (14-1, 3-1 MAC) will host Eastern Michigan (9-6, 2-2 MAC) on Saturday inside the Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.
Saturday's game can be watched on ESPN3. Jake Hromada will be on the radio call live on WOUB-AM 1340 and OhioBobcats.com.
SERIES HISTORY AND LAST TIME OUT
This is the 62nd all-time meeting between the two programs, with Ohio leading the series 35-26.
SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN
Eastern Michigan is 9-6 overall and 2-2 in the MAC, with wins over Western Michigan and Akron. EMU is led by Danielle Minott, who is averaging 15.5 points per game and is the most recent MAC West Player of the Week. She averaged 34 points and 11.5 rebounds last week, and posted a 43 point, 12 rebound performance against Buffalo on Jan. 9.
EMU is second in the league and 74th nationaly in field goal percentage defense at 37.1 percent. Jenna Annechhiarico is first in the MAC in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.61
CLOSE ONE AGAINST KENT STATE
Ohio picked up a 83-81 over Kent State on Wednesday behind a game-high 23 points from Cece Hooks. Hooks was 7-of-11 from the field and 8-of-12 from the free-throw line for her 23 points while chipping in four assists and a team-high three steals in 29 minutes. Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson added 16 points by going 5-of-10 from the field. She dished out three assists while adding six rebounds in 34 minutes. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) followed closely behind with 15 points by going 5-of-10 from the field and added four rebounds, three assists and a game-high two blocks in 36 minutes of work. Senior guard Dominique Doseck added 14 points by going 4-of-6 from the field including 3-of-5 from behind the arc. She added a game-high five assists, a block and a steal in her 34 minutes of play. Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) was just short of a double-double with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds for Ohio in 39 minutes of play. Freshman forward Deesh Beck contributed eight rebounds for the Bobcats in 14 minutes of action.
BACK ON TRACK AT BALL STATE
Redshirt freshman Erica Johnson had a career-high 24 points and nine assists as the Bobcats got back on track and took down Ball State, 90-75. Johnson was 8-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from deep in teh win.
Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) posted 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting with one made free throw. Hooks picked up three steals, five rebounds and one assist in the win. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) also had double-digit points after going 4-of-10 from the floor with 10 points. Burke also produced six boards and four helpers with 33 minutes.
12-GAME WIN STREAK
Before the loss to Central Michigan, Ohio started the year 12-0. Ohio had never started the season with 12-straight wins, and the Bobcats tied the longest winning streak in the Bob Boldon era.
Ohio is ranked in both the ESPN Mid-Major Poll and the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. Ohio is ranked No. 3 in the ESPNW poll and No. 7 in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll.
TOP-10 TURNOVER MARGIN
Ohio's turnover margin of +7.27 is sixth in the nation and the highest in the Mid-American Conference. Lamar is the nation's leader at 10.81.
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 83.5. Ohio's field goal percentage of 46.5 is No. 20 in the nation, and Ohio is making 10.0 three pointers per game, good for No. 9 in the nation.
FOURTH-HIGHEST GUARD FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN THE NATION
While Cece Hooks is No. 35 in the nation in field goal percentage, her 54.8 (99-of-179) percent mark is the fourth highest in the country by a guard.
Ohio is No. 19 in the nation in scoring Margin at +17.5 this season. Central Michigan is at No. 2 in the league and No. 319 In the country at 13.6. Mississippi State is the nation's leader at 34.2
HOOKS IS SWIPING IT
Cece Hooks is No. 3 in the nation in steals per game at 4.13. 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.
HOOKS EARNS MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK WHILE OHIO BEATS BUFFALO
Behind junior guard Amani Burke's (Columbus, Ohio) first career double-double and 21 points from sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), the Ohio Women's Basketball team (12-0, 1-0 MAC) earned a come-from-behind overtime win over Buffalo (8-4, 0-1 MAC), 74-71, on Saturday afternoon inside Alumni Arena.
Hooks had 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting and was 3-of-7 from the free throw line in Ohio's 74-71 overtime win against Buffalo to open conference play. Hooks had seven steals for the second-straight game and also posted four rebounds and four assists.
Hooks is the fifth Bobcat to be named MAC East Player of the Week this season. She is joined by senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) redshirt freshman Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio), sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 114-59 (.659) with Boldon at the helm of the program. His .659 winning percentage is the highest of any head coach in the history of Ohio women's basketball, and he needs 10 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.