ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio women's basketball team (1-0) will play host to Binghamton (2-1) on Thursday (Nov. 15) in an 11 a.m. matchup at the Convocation Center. The Bobcats will welcome area elementary school children to the Convo for their annua School Day event.
Thursday's contest will be streamed live on ESPN+, with Marty Bannister and Jacki Windon. The game will also be broadcast on WOUB-AM 1340, with Gabe Genovesi and Noah Wolf calling the action.
BOBCATS OPEN 2018-19 SEASON WITH VICTORY OVER UNCW
Ohio opened the 2018-19 season with a 95-72 victory over UNCW on Sunday (Nov. 11) at the Convo. The Bobcats improved to 5-1 in season openers under head coach Bob Boldon -- including 2-0 in openers played at the Convo. Ohio shot 56.1 percent (32-of-57) from the floor and sank 77.8 percent (21-of-27) of its free throw attempts. The Bobcats tallied 14 steals and forced the Seahawks to commit 26 turnovers, turning them into 29 points.
BURRIS NAMED MAC EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week on Tuesday (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.
FIVE FINISH IN DOUBLE FIGURES AGAINST UNCW
Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) was joined by four other Bobcats in finishing in double figures in the win over UNCW. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) went 6-of-11 from the field with three three-pointers to log 20 points. She also led Ohio with four steals. Senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) totaled 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) made seven of her nine field goals attempts en route to a 16-point performance. She just missed out on a double-double with nine assists. In her Ohio debut, redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) scored 11 points, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and dished out five assists.
SEASON SIX UNDER BOLDON
The Bobcats open up their sixth season under the direction of head coach Bob Boldon, who was named the 10th head coach in program history on March 28, 2013.
Ohio has gone 101-58 (.635) with Boldon at the helm of the program. His .635 winning percentage is the highest of any head coach in the history of Ohio women's basketball, and he needs 23 more wins to surpass Marsha Reall (123; 1990-99) for the most in program history.
Boldon led Ohio to back-to-back MAC regular season titles in 2015 and '16. The Bobcats won the MAC tournament crown in 2015 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. Ohio participated in the WNIT in both 2016 and '17 and advanced to the third round in '16.
MEET THE COACHING STAFF
Tavares Jackson has been an assistant coach on Bob Boldon's Ohio staff for six years. Marwan Miller is in his third season on Boldon's staff as an assistant coach and fifth overall after serving as the program's director of operations for the 2013-14 and '14-15 seasons.
Steph Hass is the team's new assistant coach after spending the last two seasons at Florida Gulf Coast as a video coordinator following a four-year playing career with the Eagles. Tia Jameson is in her fourth season as Ohio's director of operations. Ohio familiar face will be on the Ohio bench as a graduate assistant this season as Kiyanna Black returns to the Bobcats following a stellar playing career in Athens in which she racked up 1,724 career points -- the third-most in the history of the program.
A LOOK BACK AT 2017-18
Ohio is coming off of a 2017-18 season in which it finished 16-15 overall and 9-9 in conference play. The No. 5-seeded Bobcats topped Akron, 85-73, in the MAC Tournament First Round before falling to No. 4-seeded Miami, 69-66, in the quarterfinals. Ohio has advanced to the MAC Tournament Quarterfinals each of the last three seasons.
BOBCATS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN MAC EAST
Ohio was picked to finish third in the MAC East Division in the league's 2018-19 preseason coaches' poll, which was announced by the league office on Wednesday (Oct. 31). The Bobcats earned three of the MAC East Division's 12 first-place votes and finished with 57 points. Ohio also received one vote to win the 2019 MAC regular season title.
HOOKS EARNS PRESEASON HONORS
Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) 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.
READY FOR AN ENCORE
Forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) also 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.
Also returning for the Bobcats in 2018-19 are redshirt freshman guard Kaylee Bambule (Plainfield, Ill.), redshirt junior guard Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.), senior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerstown, Ohio), junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio), senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio), senior forward Kendall Jessing (Athens, Ohio), redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) and redshirt junior forward Hannah Thome (Chagrin Falls, Ohio).
New faces to Ohio's roster include freshman forward Alexandra Antonova (Moscow, Russia), freshman forward Deesh Beck (Grand Rapids, Mich.), freshman forward Abby Garnett (Golden, Colo.), redshirt sophomore guard Caitlyn Kroll (Bridgeport, Ohio) and sophomore guard Hunter Rogan (Urbana, Ohio).
Binghamton enters Thursday's game with a record of 1-1, most recently dropping a 59-50 decision at Lafayette on Sunday.
The Bearcats are led by first-year head coach Bethann Shapiro Ord, who previously served as the head coach at Weber State, leading the Wildcats to a 57-41 mark the previous three years. Binghamton was picked to finish fifth out of nine teams in the America East Conference Preseason Poll.
Junior guard Kai Moon, who was named to the Preseason All-America East Conference Team, is averaging a team-high 13.3 points so far this season to lead Binghamton. Senior forward Rebecca Carmody is also averaging double figures in points with 11.7 per game and leads the Bearcats with 6.3 rebounds per game.
Thursday's contest marks the second meeting between the Bobcats and Bearcats. Ohio and Binghamton also squared off on Dec. 19, 2016 -- a 63-55 win for the Bobcats.
Ohio will wrap up its current three-game homestand by hosting Eastern Kentucky on Sunday (Nov. 18) in a 1 p.m. matchup at the Convo. The contest will be streamed live on ESPN+.