ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio women's basketball team (5-5) returns to Athens to conclude nonconference play on Thursday, Dec. 28 against North Carolina A&T (4-6). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. If you can't make it to the Convo, Jake Hromada will have you covered on WOUB-AM 1340.
Dec. 28, 2017 | North Carolina A&T Aggies (4-6) vs. Ohio Bobcats (5-5) | 7 p.m. ET | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Gametracker | Listen Live| Ohio Game Notes | NC A&T Game Notes
A WIN AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA A&T WOULD...
- Give Ohio their first ever win against NC A&T.
- Give head coach Bob Boldon his 188th career win and his 89th at Ohio.
- Give Ohio its 553rd victory in program history.
- Give Ohio a 6-5 record to close out nonconference play.
ALL TIME AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA A&T
- The Bobcats are 0-1 all-time against NC A&T.
- The only meeting between the two teams came on Dec. 28, 2016 when Ohio fell to the Aggies, 63-57 in Greensboro.
- The Bobcats are currently 5-5 after falling to Furman and Virginia at the West Palm Invitational on Dec. 16 and 17.
- Leading Ohio is Amani Burke who is averaging 13.0 points per game.
- Next is Cierra Hooks who is averaging 12.0 points per game and is averaging a team-leading 4.8 rebounds a contest. She is also leading the team in steals with 32 for the season, while also adding 22 assists.
- Burke is averaging 3.3 rebounds per game, and leads the team with 29 free-throws made.
- Dominique Doseck is also averaging double figures, adding 10.3 points a game and 28 steals for the season.
- Taylor Agler adds 8.8 points a game and 3.2 rebounds to go along with her team-leading 45 (4.5) assists.
- As a team, Ohio is averaging 66.1 points a game while allowing opponents to score 64.6 points a game.
- Ohio is shooting .364 from the field, .266 from three-point range and .599 from the free throw line.
- The Bobcats are averaging 31.2 rebounds a game, 11.7 assists per game and 2.2 blocks a game.
- The Bobcats are turning the ball over only 12.4 times a game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 25.4 times.
- Ohio is also averaging 14.6 steals a game.
- The Bobcats are currently first in the nation in turnover margin, third in turnovers forced and fourth in steals per game
- In the Nov. 12 opener, four Bobcats made their first ever start as a Bobcat (Katie Barker, Amani Burke, Dominique Doseck and Kendall Jessing), while three others made their college debut (Burris, Cierra Hooks, Alexis Stover)
- On Nov. 16 against Notre Dame, Four Bobcats finished in double-digits and redshirt senior guard Taylor Agler finished with a career-high 10 assists. Meche'la Cobb also made her Bobcat debut.
- Ohio returns one starter from last year's squad, in redshirt senior Taylor Agler.
- On Dec. 10 at Purdue, the Bobcats defeated the Boilermakers for the first time since 1982, and defeated a Big Ten team on the road for the first time since 1994.
- The Bobcats will return six bench players, including All-MAC Freshman Team member Amani Burke.
- Katie Barker, Dominique Doseck, Olivia Bower, Hannah Thome and Kendall Jessing will also return to the floor for Ohio.
- Ohio welcomed five freshmen to the squad, with Cierra Hooks, Erica Johnson, Alexis Stover, Kaylee Bambule and Gabby Burris taking the floor this season.
THE LAST TIME WE SAW OHIO
- Ohio is coming off of a trip to the Palm Beach Invitational Dec. 16-17 where they fell to Furman and Virginia.
- On Dec. 16, the Bobcats fell to Furman, 70-68 after Furman hit the game-winning three with .2 seconds left.
- In that game. Agler finished the day with a season-high 17 points, while dishing out five assists. Burke finished the day with 16 points, going 4-of-9 from the three-point range. Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and Barker both led the team in rebounds with five each.
- Burke hit a season-high four three-pointers. Agler also hit season highs in field goals made (6) and three-point field goals made (3).
- Overall, Ohio was 25-of-61 (.410) from the field, 10-of-35 (.286) from three-point range and 8-of-16 (.500) from the free throw line.
- The Bobcats forced Furman to turn the ball over 21 times and scored 20 points off of those turnovers. 10 of Furman's miscues came by Bobcat steals.
- Overall, Furman went 23-of-50 (.460) from the field, 8-of-17 (.471) from three-point range and 16-of-21 (.762) from the free throw line. Furman dished out nine assists and forced Ohio to turn the ball over eight times.
- On Dec. 17, the Bobcats fell to Virginia 77-59.
- In that game, Burke led the Bobcats with 14 points, while Doseck added 11 points.
- The Bobcats were 19-of-55 (.345) from the field, 12-of-39 (.308) from three-point range and 9-of-14 (.643) from the free throw line.
- Burke was 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range, while Doseck was 4-of-12 from the field and 3-of-11 from three-point range.
- Burris added nine points for Ohio, while Barker, Hooks and Bower all had six points each.
- Ohio was outrebounded 51-22. The Bobcats also dished out 13 assists.
- The Ohio defense forced Virginia to turn the ball over 20 times, with 14 of those coming from steals. The Bobcats were able to score 23 points off of turnovers.
- Virginia went 30-of-62 (.484) from the field, 9-of-18 (.500) from three-point range and 8-of-12 (.667) from the free throw line.
IN NORTH CAROLINA A&T'S LAST GAME
- NC A&T is coming off of a 68-59 victory over Western Carolina on Dec. 12.
- Leading the Aggies was C'Coriea Foy who had 18 pints and was 7-of-22 from the field and 3-of-14 from three-point range.
- Kayla Green added 17 points, while Jade Scaife added 11 points.
- Le'On Hill grabbed a team-leading 16 rebounds for the Aggies.
- As a team,. NC A&T went 23-of-71 (.324) from the field, 6-of-24 (.250) from three-point range and 16-of-29 (.552) from the free throw line.
- The Aggies added 50 rebounds, dished out 14 assists, had three blocks, nine steals and only turned the ball over 11 times, while forcing Western Carolina to turn the ball over 21 times.
- Western Carolina Shot .340 from the field, 208 from three-point range and .750 from the free throw line while grabbing 43 boards, dishing out 12 assists and had seven blocks and eight steals.
SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA A&T
- North Carolina A&T is 4-6 on the season after coming off of a 68-59 victory against Western Carolina on Dec. 12.
- Leading the Aggies is C'Coriea Foy who is averaging 13.7 points a game and 3.4 rebounds a contest. She is shooting .319 from the field and .250 from three-point range.
- Next is Kala Green who adds 12.4 points per game and 2.7 rebounds. Green is averaging .404 from the field and .358 from three-point range.
- Alexus Lessears is averaging a team-high 9.6 boards per game. - As a team, NC A&T averages 66.1 points per game while allowing opponents to score 64.5 per game.
- The Aggies are averaging .358 from the field, .276 from three-point range and .601 from the free throw line.
- The Aggies are averaging 43.4 rebounds a game, 14.2 assists, 10.2 steals and are forcing opponents to turn the ball over 23.8 times a game, while they only turn it over 17.8 times a
- Against NC A&T, opponents are shooting .406 from the field, .310 from three-point range and .665 from the free throw line.
LAST TIME AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA A&T
- The Bobcats last faced off with North Carolina A&T on Dec. 28, 2016, with Ohio falling 63-57 in Greensboro.
- Leading all scorers was Quiera Lampkins who scored 26 points, going 10-of-19 from the field, 3-of-8 from three-point range and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
- Burke would score seven, going 3-of-7 from the field and 1-of-3 from three-point range.
- Hannah Boesinger would add six points, going 2-of-6 from the field and 2-of-4 from the free throw line.
- Jasmine Weatherspoon led the team with eight rebounds.
- As a team, Ohio shot 22-of-66 (.333) from the field, 7-of-37 (.189) from three-point range and 6-of-13 (.462) from the free throw line.
- The Bobcats grabbed 57 rebounds, dished out 12 assists and had 15 steals.
- Ohio forced the Aggies to turn the ball over 25 times and scored 17 points off of those turnovers.
- For the Aggies, Kilpatrick led the team with 18 points, going 5-of-13 from the field, 1-of-3 form three-point range and 7-of-10 from the free throw line.
- As a team, the Aggies shot .347 (17-of-49) from the field, .231 (3-of-13) from three-point range and .703 (26-of-37) from the free throw line.
- The Aggies grabbed 63 rebounds, dished out eight assists, had eight steals and three blocks.
- The Aggies forced Ohio to turn the ball over 16 times and scored 16 points off of those turnovers.
- Despite their size, the Ohio defense has been solid for Ohio through the first seven games.
- The Bobcats are forcing 25.4 turnovers a game, which leads the MAC and is third in the nation.
- Ohio also averaged 14.6 steals a game, which is also leading the MAC and is fourth in the nation.
- The Bobcats are also first in the nation and first in the MAC in turnover margin (+13.00)
- Individually, Cierra Hooks (3.2) ranks third in the MAC in steals per game, Taylor Agler (2.6) is seventh.
- Nationally, Hooks (3.5) is 22nd in steals per game.
- On Nov. 16 against Notre Dame College, the Bobcats set the single game record for steals with 25.
- The Bobcats have forced at least 20 turnovers in eight of 10 games this season.
- On Dec. 10 at Purdue, the Bobcats forced the Boilermakers to turn the ball over 33 times.
Ohio stay in Athens for the final day of 2017 when the Bobcats open Mid-American Conference play against Toledo for a New Year's Eve matchup. Game time is for 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.