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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio women's basketball team (2-0) dominated the final 20 minutes of play in an 86-49 rout of Binghamton (2-2) this morning at the Convocation Center.
The Bobcats outscored the Bearcats 49-16 in the second half. Ohio recorded 20 assists on 32 made field goals -- the most in a game for the program since tallying 20 in a 77-75 victory over Northern Illinois on Jan. 24, 2018. The Bobcats limited Binghamton to just 3-of-8 shooting over the final 20 minutes -- including just one made three-pointer.
Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) led all scorers with 20 points off of a career-high nine made field goals. She also chipped in eight rebounds, a game-high seven assists and two steals in 23 minutes. Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) continued her strong start to her collegiate career, making six shots -- including five triples -- to rebound a career-high 19 points. She also hauled in a career-high nine rebounds and dished out a career-high six assists in 28 minutes off of the bench. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) tallied 14 points in 26 minutes. Senior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerstown, Ohio) set a new career high with 13 points after making a career-high four field goals -- including a trey -- and sinking a career-high four free throws. She also achieved career highs with five rebounds, two assists and a game-high two blocks in 23 minutes of action. In her collegiate debut, freshman forward Deesh Beck (Grand Rapids, Mich.) finished with nine points, six rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 13 minutes of work off of the bench. Redshirt freshman guard Kaylee Bambule (Plainfield, Ill.) logged a career-high seven points in 12 minutes off the bench.
"It's very rewarding," said Johnson of her hot start to the year. "Sitting on the bench in a redshirt year, people don't know what you can do or what you can bring to the team," Johnson said. "It's always good when you can get out there and show everybody what you've been working on."
Ohio led 7-0 just over two minutes into the contest, with a layup by Burke and two more by Hooks putting the Bobcats in front early. Binghamton outscored the Bobcats by a 22-11 count the rest of the quarter, though, making five of their field goals from beyond the arc in the opening 10 minutes.
The Bobcats finally took control of the game late in the second quarter, however. Johnson knocked down a three with just over three minutes to play in the second quarter to give Ohio a lead it never relinquished the rest of the way. The Bobcats led by as many as 37 with 2:32 to go in the contest when Bambule sank a three-pointer. Johnson paced Ohio in the second half, making four of her five shots -- including three treys.
"We were just a half-step slow, a little lethargic, in the first half," Boldon said. "Then we started getting into the right spots defensively, and in general the whole tempo was better."
Ohio finished the game leading the box score in points off turnovers (26-6), points in the paint (42-16), second-chance points (21-11), fastbreak points (19-0) and bench points (36-11).
"We knew that we were better than what we were showing," said Hooks. "We just pushed ourselves more and worked harder than the other team because they were working harder than us in the first half."
Junior guard Carly Boland finished as the leading scorer for Binghamton, tallying a team-high 12 points after going 5-of-9 from the floor -- including two three-pointers. Junior guard Kai Moon, who enter the game averaging a team-high 13.3 points for the Bearcats, was held to just 1-of-6 shooting and finished with nine points.
Ohio will wrap up its current three-game homestand by hosting Eastern Kentucky (0-2) on Sunday (Nov. 18) in a 1 p.m. matchup at the Convo. The contest will be streamed live on ESPN+.