WASHINGTON D.C. - After senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) tied her career-high with 27 points, the Ohio Women's Basketball team (11-0) improved to 11-0 after a 77-67 win over American (4-7) on Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena.
"It's nice to get out of here with a win," head coach Bob Boldon said. "We've had a couple long road trips and it's good for us to learn to navigate these trips with the young kids that we have. It's good to get them into a routine and get them out of Athens. Now we play every Wednesday and Saturday and it's good preparation in that regard."
Ohio finished nonconference play a perfect 11-0, and the Bobcats have never started the season with 11-straight wins. Ohio will begin Mid-American Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. when they take on Buffalo.
Doseck led the Bobcats after tying her career-high 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting and was 5-of-8 from deep. Doseck had 20 points in the first half alone and added three assists and four rebounds during the victory.
"Dominique did everything for us," Boldon added. "She ran the game for us. She ran the point, she played off the ball and she guarded for us. She was amazing. It was one of the best games she has ever played for us."
Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) had her second double-double of the season. Burris played all 40 minutes in the win, posting 19 points and 10 rebounds, which tied her season best. Burris added three assists to her 8-of-18 shooting, where two of her makes were from the three point line.
Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) put up 11 points and seven steals in the win, helping spark the Bobcats with three steals on four possessions in the third quarter. Hooks was 5-of-10 from the field and added three assists and two rebounds. Junior guard Amani Burke had seven points, five rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes while senior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerston, Ohio) matched her seven points.
Ohio shot 48.3 percent (29-of-60) from the field and was 44.0 percent (11-of-25) from the three-point line. The Bobcats were outrebounded 36-28 and each team had 14 assists. Ohio had 10 steals in the win and had 32 points off of turnovers. Ohio scored 34 of their points in the paint and had seven fastbreak points.
The Bobcats were the first team on the board with a Burris layup after an impressive Doseck assist. The Eagles took a 3-2 lead but Ohio answered with another Burris layup. American grabbed the lead again but Doseck went back-to-back from deep and then hit a layup to go up 12-5. Redshirt freshman guard Kaylee Bambule (Plainfield, Ill.) and Burris capped a 12-0 run to give Ohio a 17-5 advantage. Ohio and American traded a few baskets until American was able to cut the lead to 29-17 at the break.
Ohio was led by Doseck in the first quarter, who had an impressive 16 points after hitting four threes and six shots overall. Burris had nine points and the two combined for Ohio's 25 of 29 points.
American scored the first bucket of the quarter and cut the Ohio advantage to 29-20. Ohio responded with Bower jumper but American hit a jumper of their own. Burris hit her second three of the game to spark a 8-0 run that included a Doseck three and Burris mid-range jumper. The scoring slowed down on both sides as Ohio took a 42-31 at the break.
American outscored Ohio 14-13 in the second quarter. Burris had five points while Doseck and Bower each posted four.
The Bobcats were 16-of-34 in the first half and 7-of-15 from deep in the first half. Ohio got to the line five times and made three. Ohio assisted on 10 baskets and outrebounded AU 17-16.
After an American free throw, Ohio grabbed the first basket of the game with a Hooks layup. American got the lead down to nine but Ohio had 18-5 run that was capped by a Burke three pointer and a Burris three pointer. Hooks would hit another layup in the half and Ohio took a 65-46 lead into the fourth quarter.
Ohio outscored the Eagles 23-15 in the third quarter, with Hooks having a game-high 11 points and four steals in the quarter. Burke had seven and Burris had five. Ohio had three assists and was outrebounded 11-6.
American started the fourth quarter by cutting the Bobcats advantage to 65-52. Ohio answered with a Bower three but American was able to get the lead down to nine, the smallest the Bobcats lead would get. Doseck got the lead back up to 13 and 15 with 4:24 minutes left. American responded got the lead down to 10 and would trade a couple late baskets. Ohio won the game, 77-67.
The Bobcats were outscored 21-12 in the fourth quarter. Doseck had seven in the fourth quarter while Bower had three and Jessing had two.
Ohio is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 5 when they begin MAC play at Buffalo. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.