ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Women's Basketball team (27-5, 14-4 MAC) will face High Point (22-8, 15-3 Big South) in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday inside the Convocation Center.
Ohio's game will be shown live on ESPN3. Fans can listen to the game on WOUB 1340-AM and OhioBobcats.com with Jake Hromada and Gabe Genovesi on the call.
The winner of the Ohio – High Point game will play the winner of the IUPUI – Middle Tennessee State game at a time, date and place to be determined.
SCOUTING HIGH POINT
High Point was the No. 2 seed in the Big South Tournament after going 22-7 and 15-3 in the league. HPU is No. 54 in the nation in offense at 72.7 points per game and No. 190 on defense at 65.1 points per game.
The Panthers are led by Emma Bockrath, who is averaging 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds a game. Bockrath is also second on the team in assists with 3.4.
OHIO IN THE WNIT
Ohio has appeared in the WNIT twice, coming in 2016 and 2017. The Bobcats are 2-2 in the WNIT, with wins coming in 2016 over Marshall and Virginia Tech before falling to Temple in the round of 16. Ohio lost to Penn State in 2017.
MAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cece Hooks became the second Bobcat to win MAC Defensive Player of the Year, joining Quiera Lampkins in 2016. Hooks is the MAC leader and No. 11 nationally in steals per game at 3.11. Her 89 steals this season is already the second-highest steal total in Ohio history, trailing only herself, who posted 100 last season. Hooks' 189 steals is already the fifth-most in program history. She has recorded a steal in every game expect three this season, and posted a game-high of seven three times, against American, Buffalo and Ball State.
MAC FRESHMAN AND SIXTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Erica Johnson gave Ohio its second-straight MAC Freshman of the Year award and she is now the fourth Bobcat to win it. Hooks won the award in 2018, Rachel Frederick in 2006 and Caroline Mast in 1983. Johnson also won the MAC Sixth Player of the Year award becoming the second Bobcat to take home that honor as Simone Redd won it in 2005.
Johnson won those and Third Team All-MAC by averaging 14.0 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting while going 36.7 percent from behind the three-point line. The Mansfield, Ohio native has posted four double-doubles this season, including a career-high 26 points and a career-high 16 rebounds off the bench in Ohio's win at Northern Illinois. Johnson had 24 points and 12 boards at Kent State, and helped Ohio defeat Miami with 22 points and eight boards just last week. Johnson won MAC East Player of the Week once this season recording 22 points, six assists and seven rebounds in Ohio's win over IUPUI.
THREE ON THE ALL-MAC TEAM
MAC TOURNAMENT RECAP
Ohio made it to the championship game of the MId-American Conference Tournament before falling to Buffalo. Ohio beat NIU in the quarterfinals, 72-56 and Miami in the semifinals, 74-48. Cece Hooks made the All-Tournament team.
MAC EAST CHAMPS
With Ohio's win over Bowling Green, the Bobcats clinched the MAC East title. The Bobcats have now won the MAC East three times under head coach Bob Boldon.
HOOKS NAMED MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cece Hooks earned MAC East Player of the Week for her performance against Bowling Green and Miami. Hooks scored 22 points in Ohio's senior day win over Bowling Green, going 7-of-12 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She also grabbed three rebounds and dished out four assists in 39 minutes. In Ohio's win over Miami, Hooks had 19 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Hooks was 8-of-11 from the line and also hit one three. Hooks added six rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes of play.
TO THE LAND
In Ohio's 70-66 win over Miami, Ohio clinched a first round bye in the upcoming MAC Tournament. Ohio is currently slotted as the No. 2 seed with one game left. Ohio can win a share of the MAC regular season championship with a Central Michigan loss and Ohio win on Saturday.
WINNINGEST COACH IN PROGRAM HISTORY
In Ohio's 70-66 win over Miami, head coach Bob Boldon became the winningest coach in program history. Boldon is 127-62 as a head coach at Ohio and he passed former head coach Marsha Reall. Boldon's winning percentage of .672 is the highest of any head coach in program history
MOST WINS IN A SEASON
Ohio has 27 wins this season, tying Ohio's program record. Ohio also recorded 27 wins in the 2014-15 season.
MOST POINTS IN A SEASON
Ohio has scored 2,480 points as a team, the most for a single season in program history. The previous record was 2,331, done in the 2007-08 season.
1,000 POINT CLUB
Amani Burke became the 16th member of the Ohio University 1,000 point club during Ohio's home win against Bowling Green. Caroline Mast is the all-time scoring leader with 2,449 points. Burke has scored 1,047 points in her career.
FIVE STARTERS, FIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Ohio is the only team in the MAC to have all five projected starters be named a MAC East Player of the Week. All five projected starters are also averaging more than 10 points per game.
MOVING UP THE SCORING CHARTS
Cece Hooks has scored 561 total points this season, which is already the seventh best point total for a single season at Ohio. Hooks is averaging 17.5 points per game while shooting 50.4 percent from the field.
Hooks has 967 points in her career and is 33 points away from becoming the 17th member of the Ohio University 1,000 point club.
TYING A CAREER HIGH
In Ohio's 81-71 win over Akron, Cece 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. She added three assists, two blocks and two steals.
BURKE SETS OHIO RECORD FOR THREES MADE AND TIES MAC RECORD
In Ohio's 94-62 win over Ball State, Amani Burke was 11-of-15 from the three point line, setting Ohio's single game record for threes made. Kiyanna Black and Marlene Stollings held the previous record with 10 threes made in a game. Burke's 11 threes also tied the Mid-American Conference record, which was set by Mikayla Voight of Northern Illinois earlier this season. Burke was 11-of-16 overall and added six rebounds in the win.
TOP-75 RPI WINS
Ohio had five players in double-figures while the Bobcats took down Central Michigan on the road, 78-75. With CMU being ranked No. 32 in the latest RPI, Ohio now has four wins within the top 75. Buffalo currently sits at No. 25, Lamar is No. 62 and Miami is No. 45.
CLIMBING THE STEALS LADDER
With 195 career steals, Cece Hooks is fifth all-time in steals at Ohio. Quiera Lampkins (2013-2017) is the Ohio leader with 229. Hooks' 95 steals this season is already the second-most of a single season in school history. Hooks holds the all-time mark - set last season - with 100.
ALL-TIME THREES MADE
Dominique Doseck has knocked down 191 three pointers in her career, good for fourth all-time in Ohio program history. Kiyanna Black is the all-time leader with 318.
Doseck's 77 threes made this season is tied for fifth all-time in a single season.
LEADING THE MAC IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE
Amani Burke is leading the MAC in three-point percentage at 41.6. Burke is No. 24 in the country. Dominique Doseck is just behind her at 39.6 percent this year, good for second in the league and No. 41 in the nation.
TOP-10 TURNOVER MARGIN
Ohio's turnover margin of +6.35 is 10th in the nation and the highest in the Mid-American Conference. Lamar is the nation's leader at 11.14.
FILLING IT UP
Ohio has one of the nations top offenses this season. The Bobcats rank No. 17 in the nation and second the MAC in scoring offense at 78.0. Ohio's field goal percentage of 43.1 is No. 59 in the nation and No. 3 in the league and Ohio is making 9.8 three pointers per game, good for No. 7 in the nation and first in the MAC.
SEVENTH-HIGHEST GUARD FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN THE NATION
While Cece Hooks is No. 57 in the nation in field goal percentage, her 50.4 percent mark is the seventh highest in the country by a guard. She is also fourth in the MAC.
Ohio is No. 29 in the nation and second in the MAC in scoring Margin at +12.8 this season. Mississippi State is the nation's leader at 28.3 and Central Michigan is the MAC leader at 14.3.
HOOKS IS SWIPING IT
Cece Hooks is No. 13 in the nation in steals per game at 3.1. That's the highest mark of any player in the MAC. Chastadie Barrs from Lamar is the nation's leader at 6.27.
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.
WIN BEFORE THE OFF DAY
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 in Ohio's 70-56 win over WMU.
ANOTHER 90+ PERFORMANCE FOR OHIO
Ohio scored 90 or more points in their second-straight game after beating Akron, 92-70. Erica Johnson had a double-double for 22 points and 11 rebounds and also grabbed five assists. Gabby Burris had 21 points of her own in the win.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT CECE
Not to be overlooked, Cece Hooks followed closely behind Burke with 26 points and a game-high 12 assists in her double-double performance against Ball State. Hooks was 12-of-17 from the field and compiled a game-high seven steals and team-high seven rebounds in her 26 minutes of play.
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.
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.
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 127-62 (.672) with Boldon at the helm of the program. His 126 wins are most in program history and his .672 winning percentage is the best in program history.