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ATHENS, Ohio— Led by a career-high 23 points from sophomore Gabby Burris and a career-high nine assists from sophomore CeCe Hooks, the Ohio women's basketball team defeated UNCW, 95-72, in the season opener inside the Convocation Center.
"As a team, we made a high percentage of shots," said Burris. "So that just shows how well we were working together and just each of us getting wide open."
UNCW grabbed an early lead, scoring 17 seconds into the first period. The Seahawks' lead was short-lived; Hooks scored less than 30 seconds later. In the entirety of the game, the Seahawks were ahead a minute in comparison to Ohio's 37:35 minutes in the lead.
The Seahawks and the Bobcats bounced back and forth in the first period, each in the lead multiple times. Three minutes in, the game was tied 8-8 before a three-point jump shot by Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) pulled Ohio ahead, 11-8. UNCW's Shrita Parker tied up the game once more before the Bobcats ran away with the period.
Ohio came out on top at the end of the first with junior Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) leading the team with 11 pout of the total 28 points scored. Burris and Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) trailed with eight and seven points apiece, respectively.
The Seahawks scored first in the second period but senior Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) answered with a three-point basket 15 seconds later. Doseck hit another three-pointer, a layup and two free throws before halftime. Redshirt junior Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.) sunk a three-point basket for the Bobcats while Burke continued to contribute with two successful free throws and Burris sunk a layup. UNCW's Timber Tate scored nine out of their 19 points that period. At the end of the half, the Bobcats lead 49-36, hitting 66.7 percent of three-pointers shot and 92.3 percent of their free throws.
UNCW scored first in the third period again, but senior Olivia Bower (Bowerstown, Ohio) hit a layup two minutes into play and extended the Bobcats' lead to 51-38. The Seahawks went to work, with GiGi Smith scoring two three-pointers and Paige Powell hitting a layup before Burke hit a three-point jumper. Ohio scored one more point than UNCW in the third period, ending with a 72-58 lead.
The Seahawks entered the final period strong, hitting a layup within the first 30 seconds. Barker hit back with another jump shot, quickly followed by a layup from Hooks before UNCW scored again. The Bobcats continued to work, racking up 23 more points in comparison to the Seahawks' 14, winning the game 95-72.
"We shared the ball. I don't remember us taking many bad shots," said head coach Bob Boldon. "I thought when we moved the ball, attacked into space and worked together, then we looked pretty good. Probably the best we've looked in a year and a half, offensively."
Ohio finished the game with a 56 percent (32-out-of-57) field goal percentage in comparison to UNCW's 46 percent (28-out-of-61), but fell behind the Seahawks in rebounds with 30 in comparison to UNCW's 34.
Burke finished the game with 20 points and four steals, while Doseck added 17 points to go along with Hooks' 16. Redshirt freshman Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) finished with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
The Seahawks were led by Parker, who finished the game with 25 points.
Up next, the Bobcats return to the Convocation Center on Thursday, November 15 at 11:00 a.m. to play Binghamton in their annual School Day game, before they face Eastern Kentucky at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18.