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Ohio Women's Basketball to Face Pitt and Butler at Daytona Beach Invitational

Ohio Women's Basketball to Face Pitt and Butler at Daytona Beach Invitational

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Friday, November 29
3:30 p.m. | Ohio (4-1) vs. Pittsburgh (2-3) | Ocean Center | Daytona Beach, Fla. | Watch Live ($$) | Listen | Live Stats | Game Notes | Pitt Notes

Saturday, November 30
11 a.m. | Ohio (4-1) vs. Butler (4-1) | Ocean Center | Daytona Beach, Fla. | Watch Live ($$) |  Listen | Live Stats | Game Notes | Butler Notes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Ohio women's basketball team (4-1, 0-0 MAC) will take on Pitt (2-3, 0-0 ACC) and Butler (4-1, 0-0 Big East) in the Daytona Beach Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Ohio will play the Panthers on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and the Bulldogs on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Both games will be streamed behind a pay wall here. Voice of Ohio Women's Basketball Jake Hromada will have the call on both OhioBobcats.com and WOUB 1340 AM.  


This is the ninth meeting between Ohio and Pitt, with Pitt winning the first eight games. The two teams have not met since 2007, when Ohio fell, 69-55 on the road. 


Junior Cece Hooks already has 225 steals in her career, putting her second in Ohio history. Hooks needs four to tie Quiera Lampkins for the all-time lead at 229. 


Cece Hooks is for 55th in the nation in total steals with 15. Lashonda Monk from East Carolina leads the nation at 23. Hooks averages three steals a game, which is 36th in the nation.


Ohio received one vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll which came out on Nov. 26.

In the ESPN Mid-Major poll, Ohio is up to No. 5 in the nation, moving up four spots from last week.

In the College Insider Mid-Major poll, Ohio sits at No. 11. 


Eleven players saw the floor and 10 scored for Ohio in OU's win over Incarnate Word, 78-41. Ohio was led by Erica Johnson, who was a perfect 7-of-7 for 15 points and  Cece Hooks, who had 18 points.

Abby Garnett, Maddie Bazelak and Peyton Guice all scored their first points as a Bobcat in the win. Garnett had seven points, Bazelak three and Guice two.


Ohio had 19 steals in the win over UIW, which is the 10th most in school history for a single game. Senior guard Amani Burke and sophomore forward Deesh Beck (Grand Rapids, Mich.) each had four steals while redshirt sophomore guard Erica Johnson and junior forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) had three swipes each. The Bobcats forced 27 total turnovers in the win.


Ohio is ranked No. 36 in the nation in three point field goals made per game at 8.4. FGCU is the nation's leader at 14.3 points per game.

Erica Johnson is the team's leader in three-point percentage at 48 percent and is No. 53 in the nation. 


Ohio had never defeated Ohio State before Nov. 17. The Bobcats went to Columbus and won 74-68. Ohio was led by Columbus native and senior guard Amani Burke, who had 23 points after going 6-of-19 and 3-of-9 from deep. Burke was a stellar 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Burke had five rebounds and added two assists.

Redshirt sophomore guard Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) was the game changer in the second half.  Johnson had her second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds and added six assists. Johnson was 1-of-8 in the first half with two points but came out in the second half and shot 5-of-6, including a perfect 4-of-4 from deep, with nine rebounds.

Junior guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) had 15 points and eight rebounds on the night. Hooks was 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-7 from the free throw line. 

Overall Ohio was 23-of-60 (38.3 percent) from the field and 8-of-24 (33.3 percent) from behind the three point line. Ohio State was held to 25-of-69 (36.2 percent) from the field and 4-of-21 (19.0 percent) from behind the arc.


Erica Johnson recorded the first triple-double in program history after 24 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in Ohio's win over American. Johnson's triple-double was the first in Ohio history and the 13th in Mid-American Conference history. A player has not recorded a triple-double in the MAC since 2016, when Crystal Bradford from Central Michigan recorded the feat. Johnson's 11 assists was a career-high, while she was two points shy of her career best. Johnson was 10-of-16 from the field and 4-of-6 from the three-point line in 35 minutes of play. 


Erica Johnson is one of seven players in the nation who have posted a triple-double this season. Aliyah Boston of South Carolina, Japreece Dean of UCLA, Chanette Hicks of Norfolk State, Nancy Mulkey of Rice and Chelsea Olson of Youngstown State and Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon also have one.


Cece Hooks and Amani Burke have already scored 1,000 points in their career after hitting the mark last season. Hooks was the second-fastest ever to reach the mark.


Johnson won her first MAC East Player of the Week award and the third of her career after the first week of play. Johnson had a triple-double against American and she added 13 points against No. 21 Syracuse. Johnson knocked down seven threes over the past week.


Ohio took down Marshall, 67-51, for their second win of the season. Katie Barker knocked down a season-high six threes for 18 points while Gabby Burris and Amani Burke each had 12. 


Ohio earned its first win of the season over American, 81-69. Beyond Johnson's triple-double, Cece Hooks had 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Caitlyn Kroll had a breakout performance with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.


Cece Hooks was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame Nancy Lieberman  award watch list. The award recognizes the top point guard in NCAA Division I basketball. Hooks is one of two Mid-American Conference players on the list. Lauren Dickerson from Miami joins Hooks from the MAC.


Ohio was picked as the favorite in the League in the MAC Preseason Coaches' Poll. OU was selected as the regular season, east division and tournament champion. Ohio earned all 12 of the MAC East Division first place votes and finished with 72 points. Ohio received all 12 votes to win the 2020 MAC regular season title and 10 votes to win the 2020 MAC Tournament. Buffalo and Northern Illinois also received one vote to win the MAC Tournament.


Cece Hooks and Erica Johnson were named preseason All-MAC East. Hooks appears on the preseason All-MAC East team for the second-straight season. Hooks was the MAC Defensive Player of the Year last season and was also first-team All-MAC, MAC All-Defensive team and MAC All-Tournament team. Hooks broke her own single season steals record last season when she finished with 112, and is Ohio's 16th 1,000-point scorer, becoming the second-fastest to hit that mark. Last week, she was named to the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year watch list.

Johnson was the 2018-19 MAC Freshman and Sixth Player of the Year and was also third-team All-MAC and a member of the MAC All-Freshman team. Johnson averaged 13.9 points per game last year and shot 41.9 percent. Johnson had a career-high 26 points and a career-high 16 rebounds against Northern Illinois on the road.


Cece Hooks was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year, All-MAC First Team and All-MAC Tournament Team last season. Hooks was the second Bobcat to win MAC Defensive Player of the Year, joining Quiera Lampkins of 2016. Hooks broke her own steals record with 112.

Erica Johnson was MAC Freshman of the Year as well as MAC Sixth Player of the Year. Johnson was also Third Team All-MAC. 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 was also named to the MAC All-Freshman Team.

Amani Burke was Third-team All-MAC for the first time in her career.


Ohio set a multitude of team records last season. The Bobcats' 30 wins in 2018 were the most by any basketball program in Ohio history.

The 341 three-pointers made by Ohio in 2018-19 was the most in school and MAC history.

Ohio's 12-straight wins was the best start in program history and the second-best streak in program history.

The Bobcats 2,746 points scored were the most for a season, surpassing the mark by 415.

The 2,222 field goals attempted in 2018-19 were the highest total in program history.

Ohio's 376 steals were a program record, surpassing the 2017-18 season by 10 steals. 


Cece Hooks' 636 points is fourth-most in program history while her 251 field goals made was a program record.

Amani Burke's 91 three pointers made were a program record. 

Hooks' 110 steals broke her own record by 10 steals.

Burke's 11 threes against Ball State was tied the MAC record for threes made and set the Ohio record.


Ohio returns 80 percent of their scoring in a season that saw them score a school record 2,746 points. Ohio lost Dominique Doseck (10.0 PPG), Olivia Bower (3.9 PPG) and Kendall Jessing (1.8 PPG).


Some new faces will see the floor at The Convo this season.

Caitlyn Kroll is a redshirt sophomore who sat out last season due to the NCAA transfer rules. As a freshman at St. Francis, Kroll was the Northeast Conference Newcomer of the Year and averaged 13.4 points per game. 

Freshman Peyton Guice is a newcomer from Westerville South high school. Guice was second-team All-Ohio Capital Conference as a senior in high school.

Redshirt freshman Abby Garnett sat out last year. Garnett was two-time All-Colorado in high school.

Graduate transfer Maddie Bazelak comes to Ohio after spending four years playing volleyball at Duquesne. On the volleyball court, Bazelak recorded 743 kills and 748 digs in four seasons with the Dukes. She had a career-high 269 kills in 2016 and 150 or more in her final three seasons. Bazelak had 225 or more digs in her final three seasons.  In high school, she was the 2015 Ohio basketball player of the year.

Sophomore Jasmine Hale is a transfer from Wisconsin and will sit out one season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Freshman Ella Pope was second-team All-Utah in 2017 and 2018 and was a state runner-up in high school.


Tavares Jackson has been an assistant coach on Bob Boldon's Ohio staff for seven years. Jackson was promoted to Associate Head Coach before the season started. Marwan Miller is in his fourth season on Boldon's staff as an assistant coach and fifth overall after serving as the program's director of operations for the 2013-14 and '14-15 seasons.

Steph Haas is in her second year as an assistant coach after spending the last two seasons at Florida Gulf Coast as a video coordinator following a four-year playing career with the Eagles. Tia Jameson is in her fourth season as Ohio's director of operations. Ohio familiar face will be on the Ohio bench as a graduate assistant this season as Kiyanna Black returns to the Bobcats following a stellar playing career in Athens in which she racked up 1,724 career points -- the third-most in the history of the program.