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ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio women's basketball team (3-0) dictated the court in a 100-60 win over Eastern Kentucky (0-3) this afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Ohio has started a season 3-0 for the fourth time in the last five years.
The Bobcats shot 55.2 percent (32-of-58) from the field -- including 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from three-point range. Ohio held a decisive edge in points in the paint (44-16), fastbreak points (28-5), points off turnovers (24-12) and bench points (38-21).
The contest marked the first time Ohio has scored at least 100 points in a game since a 101-73 win at Akron on Feb. 20, 2016. Through three games in 2018, Ohio is averaging 93.7 points per game and holds a scoring margin of +33.3.
Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) led all scorers with a season-high 21 points, going 7-of-10 from the field. She also chipped in six rebounds, four assists and a game-high six steals in 23 minutes. Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) followed closely behind, tying her career-high of 19 points BY going 6-of-8 from the field with a pair of three-pointers. She dished out a career-high and game-high eight assists and added six rebounds in 26 minutes off of the bench. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) tallied 18 points in 29 minutes, going 6-of-12 from the field with three triples. Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) contributed 13 points and added a game-high and season-high seven rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Redshirt freshman guard Kaylee Bambule (Plainfield, Ill.) logged a career-high 12 points, all of which came from behind the arc in 15 minutes off the bench.
"That's a great feeling because it gives me an opportunity to get my teammates involved, not just myself," said Hooks of many players contributing to the win. "I love playing with them, so I try to get as many people involved as I can."
Behind Hooks' 12 first-quarter points and four steals, Ohio led Eastern Kentucky, 35-12. The Bobcats shot 69 percent in the opening 10 minutes, going 11-of-16 from the floor.
"I loved the way we started," said sixth-year head coach Bob Boldon. "I thought Cece did a good job of setting the tone early. She was very aggressive. Eastern Kentucky scored first, and then we just came right back at them and methodically did things the right way possession after possession after possession."
Bambule sank a career-high four three-pointers in the fourth quarter to help give the Bobcats a game-high 43-point lead with just under four minutes to play. Ohio reached the 100-point mark with 12 seconds left courtesy of a layup by senior forward Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio).
"Coach makes a really big emphasis on our tempo and pushing the ball, and we're doing a really great job listening to him," said Bambule. "We have our bigs running, we have our shooters going, and our point guards are amazing at pushing that tempo. When we play at that tempo, not a lot of teams can keep up with us."
Senior forward Abby Wright finished as the leading scorer for Eastern Kentucky, recording a double-double with a team-high 17 points after going 6-of-18 from the floor and 11 total rebounds. Wright also recorded two assists for the game. Sophomore guard/forward Bria Bass racked up 14 points while sophomore guard Teri Goodlett tallied 13 points for the Colonels.
Ohio will depart Athens to play a pair of games in Colorado in the Denver Thanksgiving Classic next weekend. The Bobcats will square off against St. Bonaventure on Friday (Nov. 23), then take on Lamar on Saturday (Nov. 24). Both contests are set to get underway at 3 p.m. ET.