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Ohio Women's Basketball Defeats Walsh In Exhibition Game

Ohio Women's Basketball Defeats Walsh In Exhibition Game


ATHENS, Ohio -- Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) led all scorers with 18 points as the Ohio women's basketball team posted a 90-62 exhibition game victory over NCAA Division II opponent Walsh this afternoon at the Convocation Center.

"I thought we did some things OK," said sixth-year head coach Bob Boldon. "We obviously have a lot to work on. I think that's pretty clear. But, it was OK. It was nice to get up and down and play against somebody else and hear the whistle blow and things of that sort."

The Bobcats raced out to a 47-24 halftime lead and led by as many as 35 points in the third quarter.

Burris, who was one of four Bobcats to finish in double figures, went 5-of-10 from the floor with a pair of three-pointers and sank all six of her free throw attempts. She also added six rebounds and a game-high four steals. 

"I really just worked on everything," said Burris of her offseason coming off a 2017-18 rookie campaign that saw her earn a spot on the Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team. "I worked on my drives. I worked on being quicker and making better moves. Just making everything sharper. I knew I have the things I need to do, and I know what to do. It's just trying to make them quicker, sharper, more believable."

Senior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerstown, Ohio) totaled 15 points. In her unofficial Ohio debut, redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) totaled 14 points, a game-high eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) also finished in double figures for the Bobcats, totaling 11 points and dishing out four assists to tie sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) for the team lead. Hooks also chipped in nine points and two steals. Redshirt freshman guard Kaylee Bambule (Plainfield, Ill.), who appeared in six games in 2017-18 for the Bobcats before redshirting, recorded nine points and two steals.

"My teammates are very supportive, and they knew how much, not just today, but this whole year means to me," said Johnson. "I didn't play my last two years of high school, then coming here and having to sit out. I've been anxious to get on the court. I'm pretty sure they (her teammates) knew how I was going to come out. I was ready to attack, and they just fed off of that and the energy was good, so I just kept driving and they were behind me."

Walsh was led by freshman guard/forward Quionche Carter, who shot 5-of-12 from the field en route to a team-high 14 points.

Ohio will open up the 2018-19 regular season on Sunday, Nov. 11 when it welcomes UNC Wilmington to the Convo for a 1 p.m. matchup. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN+.