BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Led by a 20-point performance from Cierra Hooks and clutch three-pointers from Katie Barker, the Ohio women's basketball team (10-8, 4-3 MAC) held off Mid-American Conference East foe Bowling Green (10-8, 2-5), 70-63, on Saturday afternoon inside the Stroh Center.
To go along with Hooks' (Dayton, Ohio) 20 points, she also grabbed a team-leading eight rebounds and had three steals. Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) added 12 points, while Barker (Cary, Ill.) scored nine points.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Bowling Green opened the game off on an 11-0 run, taking a 11-0 lead before the Bobcats hit their first field goal, a three-pointer from Burris at the 6:49 mark. Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) would cut the lead to 13-8 with a three-pointer of her own at the 5:48 mark.
After Bowling Green hit a three with 3:38 left in the quarter, Olivia Bower (Bowerstown, Ohio) would register a layup to start a 10-run for the Bobcats, capped off by Barker's first three of the game with 28 seconds left to give Ohio a 20-18 lead at the end of the quarter.
After a layup to open the quarter from Bowling Green tied the game at 20-20, Ohio would go on a 7-2 run to take a 27-22 lead with 8:10 left in the quarter.
Bowling Green would take a two-point lead on a three-pointer at the 1:34 mark, but Alexis Stover (Solon, Ohio) would match it with 24 seconds left to give Ohio a 35-34 lead. However, Bowling Green would hit a free throw to send the game to the half tied at 35-35.
At the half, Hooks had seven points, with Agler and Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) both registering six points each.
The third quarter saw a low scoring affair, with the first points of the period coming from Bowling Green with 7:45 left. Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) would then tie the game at 37-37 on a drive and a layup with 7:24 left.
After Bowling Green took a three-point lead on a made three-pointer with 5L49 left, Ohio would tie the game up on a layup from Burke with 1:07 left, before a three-pointer from Barker with 30 seconds left gave the Bobcats the 44-43 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Bowling Green would open the fourth with a layup to take the lead, however, free throws from Burris would put the Bobcats back up, 46-45. The Falcons would retake the lead with 8:12 left, but the Bobcats would open a 9-0 run that started with a three-pointer from Barker, giving Ohio a 55-47 lead with 2:20 left.
Hooks would give Ohio a 10-point lead with 1:49 left on a steal and a layup. Doseck would then give the Bobcats an 11-point lead with 1:16 left on two made free throws. Two more free throws from Hooks would put the Bobcats up 66-53 before Bowling Green would cut the lead to 68-60 with 17 seconds left.
Hooks would once again capitalize on two free throws and Bowling Green would hit a contested three at the buzzer, but the Bobcats would come away with the commanding 70-63 victory.
Hooks led the way with 20 points, going 5-of-11 from the field, 10-of-12 from the free throw line, grabbed eight rebounds and has two assists, three steals and a block.
Burris added 12 points, going 4-of-9 from the field, 1-of-2 from three, 3-of-4 from the free throw line, had four rebounds, a block and two steals.
Barker added nine points, going 3-of-4 from three-point range and grabbed four rebounds.
Agler dished out a team-leading four assists and had five rebounds.
As a team, Ohio went 20-of-60 (.367) from the field, 7-of-21 (.333) from three-point range and 19-of-24 (.792) from the free throw line.
The Bobcats were out rebounded by the Falcons 39-37, but dished out nine assists, had two blocks and nine steals.
Ohio forced BGSU to turn the ball over 18 times and scored 17 points off of them. They also scored 26 points in the paint, 12 second chance points, nine fast break points and 39 bench points.
For Bowling Green, Haley Puk had 14 points, while Sydney Lambert and Carly Santoro had 13 points.
The Falcons went 21-of-57 (.368) from the field, 9-of-25 (.360) from three-point range and 12-of-18 (.667) from the free throw line. They also dished out 10 assists, had three blocks, six steals and forced Ohio to turn the ball over 11 times and scored five points off of them.
This is the Bobcats seventh-straight win against BGSU and the fourth-straight in the Stroh Center.
Ohio is now 10-8 and 4-3 in the MAC and have registered at least 10 wins for the fourth-straight year.
The win was head coach Bob Boldon's 192nd career victory and his 93rd at Ohio.
The win was the 557th all-time victory in program history and the 290th MAC win.
This was Ohio's 28th all-time victory against the Falcons.
"After the slow start, we battled back. We went through some lulls and that's what we're trying to figure out, the importance of playing every possession as best you can. That's what will get us to the place where we ultimately want to go. We've done that, and we've not done that. We're just trying to increase the amount of possessions where we play well and decrease the ones where we play poorly whether they be offensively or defensively." – Head coach Bob Boldon
"Our freshman just keep getting better and better. The more they see it, the more they understand it. There's a very exciting future at Ohio, but our concern is the now, and I'm happy we're playing well now." – Head coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcats are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 24 when Ohio hosts Northern Illinois in Athens. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3.