MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Ohio women's basketball team (7-6, 1-1 MAC) hit the road for the first time during Mid-American Conference play on Wednesday, falling to Central Michigan (10-3, 2-0 MAC), 82-58.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
The Bobcats opened the game with an early 4-2 lead after a layup from Burke. After a CMU three-pointer, the Bobcats would tie the game up with a three of their own from Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.). With five minutes to go in the first, CMU would go up eight, but the Bobcats would cut the lead to 15-11 after a layup from Hooks.
CMU would take a nine-point lead with 1:04 left in the quarter, but Ohio would get another layup from Hooks, making the score 23-16 after one quarter of play.
With 8:7:48 left in the second quarter, Ohio would cut the CMU lead to 31-20 after a three-pointer from Burke. CMU would take a 15-point lead before Ohio would cut that lead to 37-27 with 5:01 left after Hooks hit a free throw.
However, CMU would go on an 11-2 run to close out the second quarter to trail CMU 54-31 at halftime.
At the half, Hooks led the Bobcats with 13 points.
Burke would get the first points in the third quarter on a layup with 8:23 left to cut the lead to 54-33. However, CMU would go on a 6-0 run before Burke would get another layup with 5:12 to go.
The Bobcats would then go on a run that started with a three-pointer from Burris to cut the CMU lead to 62-41 with 3:41 left in the quarter. After CMU would get two free throws, Alexis Stover (Solon, Ohio) would close the quarter out with a layup, cutting the lead to 64-43 going into the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats outscored CMU 12-10 in the third quarter.
CMU would open up the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run before Burke would stop the Ohio scoring drought with a free throw with 7:14 left. After a Burris layup and a three pointer from Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio), the Bobcats would trail 75-49 with 4:46 left in the game.
The Bobcats would get the final five points of the game, but would fall 82-58.
Hooks scored 16 points, going 6-of-14 from the field and 4-of-7 from the free throw line while grabbing six rebounds in 27 minutes.
Burke scored 13 points, going 4-of-12 from the field, 1-of-5 from three-point range and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
As a team, Ohio shot 21-of-61 (.344), 5-of-20 (.238) from three-point range and 11-of-19 (.579) from the free throw line.
The Bobcats forced CMU into 15 turnovers and scored 15 points off of them. They also dished out six assists, had three blocks and four steals. The Bobcats were also outrebounded 47-28.
The Bobcats also scored 30 points in the paint, had 29 bench points and four fast break points.
CMU was led by Tinara Moore with 22 points and 16 rebounds, followed by Presley Hudson with 20, then Cassie Breen with 13 and Reyna Frost with 10 points and 15 boards.
CMU went 30-of-61 (.492) from the field, 8-of-19 (.421) from three-point range and 14-of-15 (.933) from the free throw line.
Ohio is now 30-34 all-time against CMU and it was their third-straight loss to the Chippewas.
The Bobcats are 1-1 to open MAC play.
"We battled for a little bit, got back in it, but that run that CMU went on to start the second half allowed them to slip away." – Head coach Bob Boldon
"At some point you have to stop saying that we're young, but it's the reality of it. This is the second conference game that some of these kids have ever played in. It was their first conference road game and first conference road start for four of them, and then to play a team as good as Central Michigan, we knew it was going to be a tall order coming in." – Head coach Bob Boldon
"The effort was there, I thought our kids tried. It's just the result wasn't there. We have to re-evaluate that from a coaching standpoint. The effort is irrelevant if it doesn't get you the result that you want." – Head coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcats return to Athens for a weekend matchup with MAC East foe Akron on Saturday, Jan. 6. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.