ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Women's Basketball team (17-2, 6-2 MAC) continues its three-game homestand on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Ball State (7-12, 2-5 MAC) inside the Convocation Center. The game is the first of the Convocation Center 50th Anniversary celebration doubleheader, with the men's basketball team hosting Akron at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday's contest will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Jake Hromada and Toni Roesch on the call. Fans can also tune in on WOUB-AM 1340 and OhioBobcats.com with Gabe Genovesi on the air.
Ohio Athletics will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Convocation Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 with a Sibs Weekend basketball doubleheader as the women's team battles Ball State at 1 p.m. ET and the men's team takes on Akron at 3:30 p.m. ET. Tickets for the doubleheader are $5 and include admission to both games. Also, internationally known entertainer, Red Panda will perform at halftime of the men's game.
The gameday atmosphere surrounding the doubleheader will have a throwback feel to it.
Celebration elements are set to include:
• $5 tickets for admission to both games
• Internationally known entertainer, Red Panda, to perform at halftime of the men's basketball game
• Men's team wearing 1968 throwback uniforms
• Women's team wearing 1980s throwback uniforms
• Cheer and dance teams and Rufus the Bobcat in retro gear
• Retro Ohio "Attack Cat" logo displayed on the court
• Retro music playlist
• Commemorative 50th anniversary posters for fans in attendance
• Beanies, courtesy of Integrated Services, to the first 500 fans attending the doubleheader.
• Men's basketball reunion attendees introduced to the crowd, 10 minutes before tipoff of men's game.
• Women's basketball reunion attendees introduced to the crowd at halftime of women's game.
SERIES HISTORY AND LAST TIME OUT
This is the 63rd all-time series meeting between the two programs, with Ohio winning the last matchup earlier this season 90-75.
At Ball State, Erica Johnson posted a then career-high of 24 points after going 8-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from the three point line. She had a career-high of nine assists in the win as well.
SCOUTING BALL STATE
Ball State is 7-12 overall and 2-5 in the MAC, with wins over Bowling Green (77-70) and Kent State (48-44).
BSU's offense is averaging 65.2 points per game, good for 169th in the nation while the defense is averaging 68.2 points per game, 255th in the country. The Cardinals turn the ball over at one of the highest rates in nation with 198.8, ranking 295th in the nation.
Ball State is led by Oshlynn Brown, who has nine double-doubles this season and is averaging an impressive 9.5 rebounds per game. Brown is averaging 14.1 points per game.
JOHNSON EARNS SECOND MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Redshirt freshman Erica Johnson averaged a double-double in her two games against NIU and Bowling Green, earning her second MAC East Player of the Week nomination. Johnson averaged 24 points and 10.5 in the two victories. Johnson was an impressive 15-of-25 from the field over the week, shooting 60.0 percent and was 7-of-12 from deep and 11-of-15 from the free throw line.
12-GAME WIN STREAK
Before the loss to Central Michigan, Ohio started the year 12-0. Ohio had never started the season with 12-straight wins, and the Bobcats tied the longest winning streak in the Bob Boldon era.
Ohio is ranked in both the ESPN Mid-Major Poll and the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. Ohio is ranked No. 8 in the ESPNW poll and No. 7 in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll.
TOP-10 TURNOVER MARGIN
Ohio's turnover margin of +6.84 is 9th in the nation and the highest in the Mid-American Conference. Lamar is the nation's leader at 11.00.
FILLING IT UP
Ohio has one of the nations top offenses this season. The Bobcats rank No. 11 in the nation and lead the MAC in scoring offense at 81.6. Ohio's field goal percentage of 45.6 is No. 26 in the nation and No. 2 in the league and Ohio is making 10.1 three pointers per game, good for No. 7 in the nation and tied for first in the MAC.
SIXTH-HIGHEST GUARD FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN THE NATION
While Cece Hooks is No. 46 in the nation in field goal percentage, her 53.5 (123-of-230) percent mark is the sixth highest in the country by a guard.
Ohio is No. 21 in the nation in scoring Margin at +16.6 this season. Mississippi State is the nation's leader at 34.8.
HOOKS IS SWIPING IT
Cece Hooks is No. 8 in the nation in steals per game at 3.63. That's the highest mark of any player in the MAC. Chastadie Barrs from Lamar is the nation's leader at 6.16.
FOUR IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AGAINST MIAMI
In Ohio's 67-61 loss to Miami, four Bobcats - Erica Johnson (16), Cece Hooks (15), Amani Burke (11) and Olivia Bower (10) all were in double-figures for points. Ohio shot 38.1 percent (24-of-63) in the loss and was 7-of-18 (38.6 percent) from deep.
CLOSE ONE AT BOWLING GREEN
Erica Johnson and Cece Hooks each posted 22 points as Ohio took down Bowling Green, 82-70. Hooks was one rebound short of a double-double after adding nine rebounds to her 22 points. Hooks contributed seven assists and three steals while going +5. Johnson was 50.0 percent from both the field and the three-point line, going 6-of-12 and 4-of-8, respectively. Johnson was 6-of-8 from the free throw line and knocked down a pair of free throws late in the game to go up three with five seconds left. The Mansfield, Ohio native added five steals, five rebounds and four assists in the win.
SHUT DOWN THE NIU OFFENSE
Ohio shut down the high-powered NIU offense to win, 69-53 on the road. Erica Johnson produced her first career double-double after a career-high 26 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Johnson added five assists off the bench in 31 minutes of play. The Mansfield, Ohio native was 9-of-13 from the field, 3-of-4 from the three-point line and 5-of-7 from the free throw line and was +15 on the floor.
Johnson wasn't the only Bobcat with a double-double, as sophomore forward Gabby Burris had her third of the season with 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting and 10 rebounds. Burris added two free throws in 35 minutes of play while going +17.
KNOCKING DOWN THREES AGAINST EMU
Ohio knocked down 14 three pointers in Ohio's 85-44 win over Eastern Michigan.
Ohio shot 50 percent (30-of-60) from the field and 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from three-point range while limiting Eastern Michigan to just 27.4 percent shooting (17-of-62). The Eagles shot only 20 percent (5-of-25) from beyond the arc.
Dominique Doseck finished the contest shooting 7-of-12 from the floor and 6-of-10 from three for 21 points. She also recorded a season-high five steals.
The 44 points the Bobcats held the Eagles to represented the lowest scoring output by a Mid-American Conference opponent since Ohio topped Miami, 72-44, on Feb. 17, 2016.
CLOSE ONE AGAINST KENT STATE
Ohio picked up a 83-81 over Kent State on Wednesday behind a game-high 23 points from Cece Hooks. Hooks was 7-of-11 from the field and 8-of-12 from the free-throw line for her 23 points while chipping in four assists and a team-high three steals in 29 minutes. Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson added 16 points by going 5-of-10 from the field. She dished out three assists while adding six rebounds in 34 minutes. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) followed closely behind with 15 points by going 5-of-10 from the field and added four rebounds, three assists and a game-high two blocks in 36 minutes of work. Senior guard Dominique Doseck added 14 points by going 4-of-6 from the field including 3-of-5 from behind the arc. She added a game-high five assists, a block and a steal in her 34 minutes of play. Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) was just short of a double-double with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds for Ohio in 39 minutes of play. Freshman forward Deesh Beck contributed eight rebounds for the Bobcats in 14 minutes of action.
BACK ON TRACK AT BALL STATE
Redshirt freshman Erica Johnson had a career-high 24 points and nine assists as the Bobcats got back on track and took down Ball State, 90-75. Johnson was 8-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from deep in teh win.
Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) posted 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting with one made free throw. Hooks picked up three steals, five rebounds and one assist in the win. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) also had double-digit points after going 4-of-10 from the floor with 10 points. Burke also produced six boards and four helpers with 33 minutes.
HOOKS EARNS MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK WHILE OHIO BEATS BUFFALO
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.
Hooks had 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting and was 3-of-7 from the free throw line in Ohio's 74-71 overtime win against Buffalo to open conference play. Hooks had seven steals for the second-straight game and also posted four rebounds and four assists.
Hooks is the fifth Bobcat to be named MAC East Player of the Week this season. She is joined by senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) redshirt freshman Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio), sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio).
DOSECK EARNS MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK AS OHIO WRAPS UP NONCONFERENCE SEASON PERFECT
Senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday (Jan. 1).
Doseck tied her career high with 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Ohio's 77-67 win over American on Saturday. She was 5-of-8 from the three-point line and had 20 points in the first half alone. Doseck added three assists and four rebounds in the victory over the Eagles.
JOHNSON EARNS MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK AS OHIO MATCHES BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson earned her first MAC East Division Player of the Week award as Ohio defeated IUPUI, 73-66 and moved to 9-0. Ohio also started the season 9-0 in 1985-86.
Johnson put up a career-best 22 points in her a career-high 35 minutes on the floor. The Mansfield, Ohio native shot 58. 3 percent (7-of-12) from the floor and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. She also added seven rebounds – including three offensive boards – and six assists in the win. Johnson is averaging 11.6 points per game this season, 4.7 helpers per game and five rebounds per game.
BURKE NAMED MAC EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week by the league office on Tuesday (Dec. 4). Burke, whose major is child and family studies, earned weekly conference honors for the first time in her career. She became the second Bobcat to be named MAC East Division Player of the Week.
Burke led all scorers with 17 points to help Ohio (6-0) beat Cleveland State, 72-54, last Saturday (Dec. 1) at the Convocation Center in Athens as the Bobcats improved to 6-0 to start a season for the third time in the last five years. She went 6-of-13 from the floor with four three-pointers. She also chipped in five rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in 31 minutes.
Burke currently ranks third on the team with 13.3 points per game and second with 2.7 steals per contest.
BURRIS NAMED MAC EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Burris was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week on 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.
In the win over Binghamton, Burris did not score, but Ohio was +35 with her on the floor. She tallied a career-high four steals in the victory. She then finished with 13 points off of four made field goals and five made free throws and hauled in a team-high seven boards in the win over Eastern Kentucky. Last Saturday against Cleveland State, Burris contributed 14 points and added five rebounds and a steal.
Burris currently leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game and ranks second on the squad with 14.9 points per game.
Burris 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.
SEASON SIX UNDER BOLDON
The Bobcats are in their sixth season under the direction of Boldon, who was named the 10th head coach in program history on March 28, 2013.
Ohio has gone 117-59 (.655) with Boldon at the helm of the program. His .658 winning percentage is the highest of any head coach in the history of Ohio women's basketball, and he needs seven 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.