BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – After limiting the NIU offense with a 69-53 win on Wednesday, the Ohio Women's Basketball team (16-1, 5-1 MAC) will look to extend its four-game win streak on Saturday at Bowling Green (7-10, 0-6 MAC). Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the Stroh Center.
Saturday's game can be watched live on ESPN+. Gabe Genovesi will be on the call on WOUB-AM 1340 and OhioBobcats.com.
SERIES HISTORY AND LAST TIME OUT
This is the 85th all-time series meeting between the two programs, with Ohio winning the last meeting, 69-58. BG leads the overall series, 55-29.
SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN
Bowling Green is 7-10 overall and 0-6 in the conference. Bowling Green's last win came against Davis & Elkins on Dec. 30, where they won 63-28.
BG's offense is averaging 71.6 points per game, which is No. 76 in the nation NIU is allowing 71.5 points per game, good for 312nd in the country.
Bowling Green is led by Morgan McMillen who is averaging 15.2 points per game. Andrea Cecil follows closely behind at 14.8. Kadie Hempfling averages 9.3 rebounds per contest, good for 55th in the nation.
SHUT DOWN THE NIU OFFENSE
Ohio shut down the high-powered NIU offense to win, 69-53 on the road. Erica Johnson produced her first career double-double after a career-high 26 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Johnson added five assists off the bench in 31 minutes of play. The Mansfield, Ohio native was 9-of-13 from the field, 3-of-4 from the three-point line and 5-of-7 from the free throw line and was +15 on the floor.
Johnson wasn't the only Bobcat with a double-double, as sophomore forward Gabby Burris had her third of the season with 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting and 10 rebounds. Burris added two free throws in 35 minutes of play while going +17.
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. 8 in the ESPNW poll and No. 7 in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll.
TOP-15 TURNOVER MARGIN
Ohio's turnover margin of +6.59 is 11th in the nation and the highest in the Mid-American Conference. Lamar is the nation's leader at 10.76.
FILLING IT UP
Ohio has one of the nations top offenses this season. The Bobcats rank No. 7 in the nation and lead the MAC in scoring offense at 82.8. Ohio's field goal percentage of 46.3 is No. 20 in the nation and No. 2 in the league and Ohio is making 10.1 three pointers per game, good for No. 8 in the nation and first in the MAC.
FIFTH-HIGHEST GUARD FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN THE NATION
While Cece Hooks is No. 42 in the nation in field goal percentage, her 54.4 (106-of-195) percent mark is the fifth highest in the country by a guard.
Ohio is No. 13 in the nation in scoring Margin at +18.8 this season. Mississippi State is the nation's leader at 34.9.
HOOKS IS SWIPING IT
Cece Hooks is No. 8 in the nation in steals per game at 3.76. That's the highest mark of any player in the MAC. Chastadie Barrs from Lamar is the nation's leader at 5.88.
KNOCKING DOWN THREES AGAINST EMU
Ohio knocked down 14 three pointers in Ohio's 85-44 win over Eastern Michigan.
Ohio shot 50 percent (30-of-60) from the field and 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from three-point range while limiting Eastern Michigan to just 27.4 percent shooting (17-of-62). The Eagles shot only 20 percent (5-of-25) from beyond the arc.
Dominique Doseck finished the contest shooting 7-of-12 from the floor and 6-of-10 from three for 21 points. She also recorded a season-high five steals.
The 44 points the Bobcats held the Eagles to represented the lowest scoring output by a Mid-American Conference opponent since Ohio topped Miami, 72-44, on Feb. 17, 2016.
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.
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 116-58 (.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 8 more wins to surpass Marsha Reall (123; 1990-99) for the most in program history.