AKRON, Ohio – Behind a career-high tying 31 points from sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), the Ohio Women's Basketball team (23-4, 12-4 MAC) earned a road win at Akron (16-11, 7-9 MAC), 81-71, on Saturday evening inside the James A. Rhodes Arena.
"It felt good to get back in the winning column and to do it on the road," head coach Bob Boldon said. "These kids have shown up this year on the road, that's for sure. This is another example of really hanging in there down the stretch with the fouling and making shots when we needed to. I thought we did a nice job today."
Boldon earned his 123rd career win at Ohio, tying the all-time mark for program wins. Boldon is 123-61 as a head coach and he is tied with former head coach Marsha Reall. Boldon's winning percentage of .669 is the highest of any head coach in program history.
Hooks tied her career-high of 31 points which she set earlier this season in a win against Purdue. Hooks was 11-of-23 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Hooks had never made more than one three in a game, and tonight was 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Hooks earned her second double-double of the season and third of her career with 10 rebounds. Hooks added three assists, two blocks and two steals.
"I thought Hooks did a great job of setting the tone," Boldon added. "She came out and just really played how she can play. I don't think it was anything spectacular, that's just what she does. I think her aggressiveness was really apparent early."
Redshirt freshman Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) recorded her fourth career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line and had 19 points overall 4-of-12 shooting. Johnson made one three pointer and had one assist and one steal.
Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) registered 13 points and was 3-of-11 from the field. Burke hit all six free throws she took and added six rebounds, three blocks and two helpers.
Senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) knocked down three three pointers for nine points. Senior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerstown, Ohio) had seven points while sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) had two points.
As a team, Ohio was stellar from the free throw line, shooting 88.5 percent (23-of-26). Ohio ended up shooting 37.5 percent (24-of-64) from the field and was 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from three. The Bobcats held Akron to 39.4 percent (26-of-66) shooting and 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from deep.
Akron outrebounded Ohio 41-40, while the Bobcats outscored the Zips in the paint, 28-26. Ohio had 10 second chance points to Akron's three.
The Bobcats opened the game with three-straight threes from Hooks and an early 9-2 lead. The Bobcats took a 15-9 advantage into the break. Hooks led the way with nine points on three made threes, while Johnson, Burke and Bower all had two points. Ohio was 6-of-22 from the field in the first period.
The Bobcats outscored Akron 20-14 in the second quarter and took a 35-23 lead into the halftime break. Hooks had nine more points, this time with four from inside the arc and one free throw, and pulled down five rebounds in the quarter. At the break, Ohio was 13-of-40 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line.
Ohio was able to hold the lead at 12 when each team scored 14 points in the third quarter. Hooks pulled down her 10th rebound in that quarter and scored three points. The Bobcats were4-of-11 from the field while making one three while the Zips were 6-of-16 and 2-of-6 from three.
Both teams filled it up in the final quarter, as Akron outscored Ohio, 34-32. The Bobcats were 15-of-16 from the free throw line in the final period. Johnson made eight free throws and had 12 points in the final frame while Hooks scored 10 points of her own. Ohio was 7-of-13 overall and 3-of-8 from behind the three point arc while the Zips were 11-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 from deep.
Ohio will be back in action on Wednesday, March 6 at Miami. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.