ATHENS, Ohio— Despite a career-high 30 points from freshman guard Cierra Hooks, the Ohio women's basketball team (12-10, 6-5 MAC) fell just short to Mid-American Conference-leading Central Michigan (19-3, 11-0 MAC), 74-72, Wednesday evening inside the Convocation Center.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Freshman guard Cierra Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) would start the scoring for the Bobcats, getting an easy layup off an assist from junior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio). Doseck would get a quick three off an assist from freshman forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) to make it 5-4 with 6:21 left in the first quarter. A steal and basket from Hooks would cut Central Michigan's lead to 16-14 with 2:29 remaining in the first. A 6-0 scoring run for the Chippewa's would extend their lead, before Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) would get a basket and Hooks would get another at the buzzer to make it 24-18 at the end of the first period.
Central Michigan would score the first points of the second quarter, making it 27-18 with 9:38 left in the half. Redshirt sophomore guard Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.) would score a three, assisted by Hooks to make the score 21-31 with 7:17 to go in the second period. Doseck would sink a three with four minutes remaining in the first half, assisted by redshirt sophomore Hannah Thome (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) to make the score 36-26. A steal and basket from Hooks edged Ohio closer toward the Chippewa's, to make it 38-32 with just over a minute to play in the first half. At the end of the first half the score would be 40-33 with Central Michigan in the lead. Hook led the Bobcats in scoring, with 14 points, three steals, two rebounds, and one assist. Doseck followed with 10 points, two steals, two assists, and one rebound.
The Bobcats would start the second half with the possession, and a fast layup from Hooks with an assist by Doseck would make the score 40-35 with a just a little time gone by in the third quarter. A fast break from Hooks would cut the Chippewa's lead to 45-39 with 5:05 remaining in the third period. A drive and basket from Doseck would pull Ohio within one, making it 48-47 with 1:19 left in the third quarter. A basket from Burris assisted by Doseck would put the Bobcats in the lead with just under a minute left. At the end of the third period, Central Michigan would lead the Bobcats 53-52 going into the fourth quarter.
Ohio would score first, with a layup from Hooks, making it 54-53 to open up the final period of play. Doseck would get two straight threes, assisted by junior forward Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) and redshirt senior guard Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) to put the score at 66-60 with 5:45 to go in the game. Another steal and basket from Hooks would put Ohio within three and with 25.1 seconds left, the score was 73-70. Ohio was able to pull within two points but was unable to pull ahead, leaving the final score 74-72 in favor of the Chippewa's.
Hooks had a career high 30 points, going 12-of-20 from the field, and sinking all six free throws. She also had a career high nine steals to go along with six rebounds and one assist.
Doseck had 24 total points while going 8-of-15 from the field, 7-of-11 from three-point range, and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe, with a career high seven assists, with four rebounds and three steals. Doseck scored her career-high with her seven three pointers.
Burke scored nine points, going 4-of-9 from the field, and 1-of-2 from the free throw line, grabbed three boards, with two assists, and two steals.
Burris scored six points and tied her career high of eight rebounds. She also had one assist.
Overall, Ohio went 28-of-72 (.389) from the field, 8-of-32 (.250) from three-point range, and 8-of-10 (.800) from the line.
Ohio dished out 16 assists and stole the ball 15 times.
The Bobcats scored 40 points in the paint, 26 points off turnovers, and 14 fast-break points.
Ohio also had nine bench points where the Chippewa's had none.
For Central Michigan, Presley Hudson led the way with 22 points, four assists, and three rebounds. Hudson went 6-of-16 from the field, 5-of-10 from three-point range, and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Tinara Moore added 18 points, going 7-of-10 from the field, and picking up four blocks.
Reyna Frost scored 16 points, going 8-for-12 from the field and recording six assists. Frost and Moore each had a game-high 15 rebounds.
As a team, Central Michigan went 27-for-60 (.450) from the field, 9-of-24 (.375) from the three-point range, and 11-of-18 (.611) from the free throw line.
"I got a layup from one of our better players and I'll take it. I guess, looking at the stats sheet and looking at who was on the floor we probably should have gone to Dom or Amani, but we stretched down the line. I thought Dom made a nice pass to get her the ball and we put her in a pretty good situation. I felt comfortable watching her. She shot, took it to the other side of the rim, got a layup off and I was happy with everything other than the result." – Head coach Bob Boldon
"I'm happy with where we are. Disappointed with this one; this hurts a little bit. But we've certainly shown some maturity and you can see our young kids, and our returners alike, we have a couple of sophomores and juniors out there but they didn't have a ton of minutes before we started this whole thing. So they've got some minutes and they've shown some maturity. They're pretty disappointed right now, which I think is a good thing and cause this team is definitely the best team in the conference and to go toe-to-toe with them. I don't think we played a great game; defensively the first quarter was poor, the fourth quarter we were off to a terrible start defensively after a strong third quarter defensively. So it could have been better." – Head coach Bob Boldon
"I mean, I feel, granted after a loss it doesn't feel good but I feel pretty good and confident in this team. We're short handed with Taylor and Amani being a little in recovery but I have confidence in whatever five we put out on that floor. On any given day we can go out and beat anyone. So, things didn't go our way today but I have confidence that we can come back, maybe see them in the tournament and I'll take our chances." – Dominique Doseck
"I just worked harder this game. The first game I just gave up and the second half I stopped scoring. This game I kept playing. My teammates just kept telling me to keep playing and that's what I did." – Ceirra Hooks
The Bobcats hit the road on Saturday, Feb. 10 when Ohio heads to Kent, Ohio to take on Kent State. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the M.A.C. Center and can be seen on ESPN3.