By Pete Nakos
OhioBobcats.com Feature Writer
ATHENS, Ohio -- When Ohio played at Central Michigan on February 1, Hannah Boesinger started the game in place of Jasmine Weatherspoon, who was sidelined with an injury. The Bobcats lost 64-59, but Boesinger had a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. It was her first career double-double. She didn't know it at the time and when she was told, she could've cared less.
â€œI don't know honestly if it was my first,â€ Boesinger, a senior, said. â€œI don't keep track of that stuff. Itâ€™s not that I don't care, but if weâ€™re winning, weâ€™re winning.â€
When Boesinger came to Ohio, there wasn't a lot of winning. Originally a commit to Youngstown State, when coach Bob Boldon left and came to Ohio, she went with him.
Her freshman year the Bobcats finished 9-21, one of the worst seasons in program history.
During that offseason, Boldon brought in all his players for offseason conditioning tests, a memory that Boesinger and fellow senior Weatherspoon still talk about to this day.
â€œWe just reminisce about all those moments when we had to run our lungs out,â€ Weatherspoon said. â€œItâ€™s just fun to joke about because weâ€™ve come such a long way.â€
The next season, Ohio completely turned around, winning the Mid-American Conference Tournament and getting a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Boesinger was an integral part of that.
â€œSheâ€™s always played hard, you don't just start doing that in college,â€ Boldon said. â€œShe kind of had a knack for scoring. Even to this day, she finds a way to score. Her field goal percentage is really high, for a kid who is an undersized post player.â€
The true example of her hard work is her nickname, Hannah Bow, as in elbow. Sheâ€™s never been scared to throw in the extra elbow if it means she can get the rebound.
This season her role hasn't changed too much, other than filling in for starters who are injured at times. She is currently averaging six points per game and three rebounds.
When she steps off of the court, sheâ€™s one of the funniest on the team, Weatherspoon said. The two call each other locker buddies, have the same interests but disagree on one thing.
â€œShe is all into nature and the environment, weâ€™re different on that one,â€ Weatherspoon said. â€œShe likes camping, I like staying inside.â€
Boldon likes to use her as an example of a player on his team who can do well off of the court, too. He has no doubt that when basketball is over, she will be able just as successful in life.
He attributes this to the hard work he sees in her consistently on the court, claiming that Boesinger has never had a bad practice at Ohio.
â€œWhen she comes onto the floor, I canâ€™t remember her not having a good practice for us,â€ he said. â€œIt says a lot about a kid who has had as many practices as she's had.â€
Her main goal is still set: to get back to the NCAA Tournament and win a game. That has never changed, especially now as she has six regular season games left to play in an Ohio uniform.
Basketball aside, she has cemented herself as a role model for Ohio womenâ€™s basketball program for years to come. As Boldon put it, she has helped make Ohio not just a good team, but a good program.
â€œWhen I think of Hannah, I think of how hard sheâ€™s worked to get out of her ability,â€ Boldon said.