KENT, Ohio – In a game much like the first meeting in Athens earlier this season, the Ohio Women's Basketball team (22-3, 11-3 MAC) defeated Kent State (15-10, 9-6 MAC), 69-67, inside the M.A.C. Center on Saturday afternoon.
"It's exciting to win," head coach Bob Boldon said. "We got a road win and road wins are hard to come by. We'll take them every time we can get them. We also understand that we still have some work to do. I think if we're a team continues to try and get better until the end of the season, maybe we'll make it."
Ohio did not trail the entire game. The Bobcats biggest lead was 16 points in the second quarter. Kent State was able to tie the game at 67-67 with 1:14 left in the fourth quarter. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) hit the game winning layup with 44 seconds to go in the game. Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) blocked Kent State's attempt to tie the game with two seconds left.
"You can't take for granted plays like Gabby's block to win it," assistant coach Tavares Jackson said. "These kids put in so much work to get to this point. You don't win this game if it's not for the habits that we work on in practice. It was an excellent play by her to get on the basketball and defend the shot the way she did."
Redshirt freshman Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) recorded her third career double-double after putting a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds. Johnson was 7-of-14 from the field and 4-of-9 from deep. Johnson knocked down all six free throw tries and also chipped in two assists and one steal.
Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) had 15 points on 7-of-18 shooting. Hooks knocked down one three pointer and added four rebounds and one assist.
Burke was 5-of-9 from the field with two three pointers and two mad free throws for 15 points. Burke added three rebounds and two assists.
Burris had six points and eight rebounds in the contest. Senior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerston, Ohio) had four points on 2-of-4 shooting while senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) hit one three in the game.
As a team, Ohio shot 40.0 percent (24-of-60) from the field and was 32.3 percent (10-of-31) from the three point line. Ohio was 11-of-13 from the foul line. The Bobcats held Kent state to 34.03percent shooting (23-of-67) and 11-of-25 (44.0 percent) from deep. KSU outrebounded Ohio 44-36. The Bobcats had 28 points in the paint to KSU's 18, while Ohio's bench outscored the Golden Flashes', 7-3.
Ohio took a 23-17 lead in the first quarter. Johnson had eight points on five shots while Burris had five and Hooks had four. The Bobcats were 8-of-20 from the field while holding Kent State to 6-of-15 from the field.
The Bobcats were able to extend their lead to 16 at one point in the second quarter but took a 44-36 lead into the halftime break. Hooks had nine of Ohio's 21 points in the quarter, helping the Bobcats outscore Kent State, 21-19. Ohio was 50.0 percent (9-of-18) from the field in the quarter, while Kent State was 6-of-14. Hooks, Burke and Doseck all hit one three in the quarter.
Ohio was able to push the lead to 59-47 after outscoring Kent State 15-11 in the third. Johnson was spectacular in the third quarter, scoring 11 of Ohio's 15 points. Johnson went to the line six times in the third and knocked down all six. Johnson pulled in four rebounds and assisted on an Amani Burke jumper.
The Golden Flashes doubled up Ohio in the fourth quarter, 20-10. Ohio was 4-of-11 in the final quarter while Kent State was 6-of-18 and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Burke was Ohio's leading scorer with five points and hit the game winner with 44 seconds left.
The Bobcats will be back in action at home on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. against Buffalo. Ohio won the first meeting at Buffalo, 74-71, in overtime.