BUFFALO, N.Y. – Behind junior guard Amani Burke's (Columbus, Ohio) first career double-double and 21 points from sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), the Ohio Women's Basketball team (12-0, 1-0 MAC) earned a come-from-behind overtime win over Buffalo (8-4, 0-1 MAC), 74-71, on Saturday afternoon inside Alumni Arena.
"I think they showed a lot of maturity (in the second half), I think we grew up a little bit," head coach Bob Boldon said. "This is a great game for the character of our team, this is something that we needed. We had a lot of exciting non-conference games, but nothing like this on the road. We were down twelve in the second half on the road and we fought back."
12-0 is Ohio's best start in program history and 12-straight wins ties Boldon's longest win streak at Ohio. Only two other teams in the nation – Louisville and NC State – remain undefeated along with the Bobcats.
"These are all character building opportunities," Boldon added. "I thought our kids fought some adversity. I don't think anyone went into halftime feeling good about their offensive game, so to come out in the second half and put up 46 plus the eight in overtime, I think that shows a little bit of mental toughness and desire to win games."
Hooks had a game high 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Hooks had 16 of her 21 points in the second half, and helped spark an Ohio comeback. Hooks had seven steals for the second-straight game and also added four rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes on the floor.
Burke had her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Burke, who had the go-ahead bucket in overtime, was 4-of-17 from the field while six of her 10 rebounds were on the offensive end. Burke added two assists and one block in 45 minutes of play.
Senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) was 5-of-13 and 4-of-8 from deep for 18 points. Doseck added five rebounds and four steals in the win.
Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) converted six free throws, four shots with one three for 15 points. Burris had six boards in the OT win.
Redshirt freshman Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) had seven points on 1-of-9 shooting but hit three clutch free throws down the stretch and was 4-of-6 from the line for seven total points. Johnson added six rebounds and three assists.
As a team, the Bobcats were 24-of-69 from the field for 34.8 percent shooting. Ohio was 7-of-27 from the three point line. Ohio was outrebounded 48-39 and each team had 32 points in the paint. Ohio recorded 15 steals and assisted on 12 baskets. The Bobcats were 19-29 from the free throw line.
Buffalo scored the first points of the game – a three – but Doseck answered with a three of her own. UB jumped out to a 7-3 advantage and Doseck hit another three to cut the lead to 7-6. Ohio tied the game with a Hooks free throw but Buffalo went on a 7-0 run to take a 14-7 advantage. Burris made a free throw and a layup but the Bulls took a 16-10 advantage into the break.
UB was able to extend their lead to 19-10 before Burris scored to make the game 19-12. Buffalo had a jumper and three to double up Ohio at 24-12 before Hooks scored a layup. Both teams would trade buckets until the bread and Buffalo was up 30-20 at the half.
Ohio shot 7-of-31 from the field in the first half while Doseck led the way with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting, all behind the three point line. Burris and Hooks each had five points, while Hooks also recorded four steals in the first half.
Senior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerston, Ohio) started the Bobcats off in the second half with a jumper. Buffalo was able to get the lead to 11 at 37-26 before Ohio cut the lead to four with a 7-0 rin that was capped by a Burris jumper off a steal and assist from Burke. Buffalo stopped the run with a three but Burris answered to make it 40-36. Burris' free throws cut the Buffalo advantage to 44-42 but UB hit a three at the buzzer to take a 47-42 lead into the break.
Doseck opened the quarter with a layup and Hooks then cut the UB lead to 47-46. The Bulls lead hovered around one before Hooks was able to give Ohio its first lead of the game. Buffalo punched back and tied the game at 57-57 and both teams traded buckets until 62-62. Burke gave Ohio the lead at 64-62 and – after a Buffalo free throw – Hooks put Ohio up three at 66-63. Buffalo tied the game with a late three and Doseck was unable to win the game at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
Ohio was 16-of-34 from the field in the second half and scored 46 total points. Ohio was 4-of-12 from deep and had 18 total rebounds.
In overtime, Buffalo scored first with two free throws. Burris tied the game with two of her own from the line and Johnson gave the Bobcats the lead at 69-68. Burke put the Bobcats up 71-69 with a layup after a UB free throw. Two more Johnson free throws gave Ohio a four point lead and the Bobcats would win, 74-71.
Ohio will open MAC home play on Wednesday when they welcome Central Michigan to the Convocation Center. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.