ATHENS, Ohio – Behind a strong second and fourth quarter performance, the Ohio Women's Basketball team (21-3, 10-3 MAC) defeated Western Michigan (8-14, 2-9 MAC), 70-56, on Saturday afternoon inside the Convocation Center.
Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) all compiled a team-high 15 points. Hooks went 7-of-13 from the field and was just short of a double-double performance with nine rebounds. She added a team-high four assists and two steals in her 27 minutes on the floor.
Burris went 5-of-11 from the field – including 3-of-8 from behind the arc - and compiled seven rebounds and a block in 30 minutes of play.
Doseck was 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-5 from the three-point line while posting a career-high and game-high six steals while adding two assists in her 32 minutes.
Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) added nine points and two rebounds in her 27 minutes of play while redshirt-freshman forward Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio), added seven points, six rebounds, three assists, and four steals in her 30 minutes of play.
As a team, Ohio shot 45.2 percent (28-of-62) from the field and 26.9 percent (7-of-26) from three-point range while holding Western Michigan to 37.9 percent (22-of-58) from the field and 27.6 percent (8-of-29) from three-point range. Ohio earned 42 of their points in the paint and 24 off of turnovers compared to WMU who earned 26 points in the paint and only 11 off turnovers. The Bobcats compiled 13 steals and 9 assists while the Broncos who compiled nine steals and 15 assists. Ohio outrebounded Western Michigan 40 to 32 and added 18 fast break points compared to only six for the Broncos.
Although Western Michigan was first on the scoreboard with a three-point basket, Doseck answered with a three-point basket of her own to tie the game at three apiece. Western Michigan was able to compile a 6-3 run over Ohio for an early 9-6 advantage however, Hooks converted a three-point jumper to tie the game once again at nine apiece with just under five minutes remaining in the opening quarter. After a media timeout, the Bobcat defense forced a shot clock violation and a five second violation that generated a layup basket by freshman forward Deesh Beck (Grand Rapids, Mich.) to give Ohio an 11-9 advantage. Western Michigan responded with a three-point basket to regain the advantage, ahead 12-11, with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. Both teams experienced a scoring drought until Western Michigan converted a layup basket at the buzzer that gave the Broncos a 14-11 advantage to end the first quarter.
In the first quarter, the Bobcats were led by Burke, Hooks, and Doseck, all with three points apiece on a basket from behind the arc. Ohio as a team shot 4-of-13 from the field and 3-of-7 from behind the arc. Western Michigan barely outrebounded Ohio with 10 rebounds compared to the Bobcats nine.
Burris opened the second quarter adding a three-point basket. Western Michigan answered with a three-point basket of their own but, Ohio would go on to compile a 7-0 run on baskets by Doseck, Johnson and Hooks that gave the Bobcats a 21-17 advantage and forced a Western Michigan timeout. The Broncos ended the Ohio run out of the timeout with a layup basket, but Hooks answered with a layup basket of her own that was followed with a layup basket by Burke giving Ohio its largest advantage of the game, ahead 25-19, with five minutes remaining in the second quarter. Johnson recorded a steal and was able to convert a free-throw after a Bronco foul then added a layup basket that gave Ohio a 28-19 advantage. Doseck extended the Bobcat lead with a pair of free-throw conversions for a 30-19 advantage as the three-minute mark approached. After a 9-0 run by Ohio, Western Michigan registered a basket in an attempt to shrink the lead, but Burris converted a pair of free-throws that brought the lead back to 11, ahead 32-21. With under two-minutes to play in the second quarter Western Michigan added a layup basket and a free-throw however, Ohio once again answered with back-to-back layup baskets to gain a 36-24 advantage at halftime.
The Bobcats outscored Western Michigan 25-10 going 9-of-17 from the field in the second quarter compared to Western Michigan who went 4-of-12 from the field. Doseck recorded seven points to lead the Bobcat effort. For the half, Ohio compiled 16 total rebounds, 18 points in the paint and six assists compared to Western Michigan who compiled 19 total rebounds, 14 points in the paint and six assists. Ohio also racked up 11 steals for 19 points compared to six steals for only five points for Western Michigan.
Ohio and WMU traded baskets through the first five minutes of the third quarter. Hooks and Burris both compiled two layup baskets apiece for eight points however, the Brocnoscompiled a pair of three-point baskets in its sequence of baskets that shrunk the Bobcats advantage to eight, ahead 44-36. After a media timeout, both teams continued to trade baskets until the Broncos were able to string together a pair of baskets that shrunk the Bobcat lead to five, ahead 49-44, with under two minutes remaining in the third quarter. Akron compiled a 13-4 run that shrunk the Ohio lead to 66-53 with under two-minutes remaining. Senior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerstown, Ohio) was able to get to the rim for a layup basket that extended the Ohio advantage to 51-44 at the end of the third quarter.
The Broncos outscored the Bobcats 20-15 in the third quarter. Ohio shot 41.2 percent going 7-of-17 from the field compared to Western Michigan who shot 50 percent going 8-of-16 from the field – including 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Hooks and Burris led the Bobcats with four points each in the third quarter.
Ohio came out strong in the fourth quarter generating a 10-0 run and holding the Broncos scoreless for the first five minutes of the quarter. Doseck jump started the Bobcat 10-0 run with a quick layup basket and a three-point basket. A layup basket by Johnson and a three-point basket by Burris followed extending the Ohio advantage to 61-44 with six minutes remaining in the game. Western Michigan scored its first points of the quarter with a layup basket and a pair of free-throws that shrunk the Ohio advantage to 61-48, but Hooks was quick to answer with a layup basket to extend the lead to 63-48 as the two-minute mark approached. Burris added a three-point basket, but the Broncos answered with a three-point basket of their own with under a minute to play. Burke added a pair of points for a 70-55 Ohio advantage with 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Western Michigan converted a late free-throw attempt, but Ohio would control the rest of the game for a 70-56 victory over the Broncos.
Ohio outscored Western Michigan 19-12 in the fourth quarter to clinch the 70-56 victory.
The Bobcats will be back in action on Saturday (Feb. 23) as they travel to Kent, Ohio to take on Kent State. Tip-off is set for 2 pm.