ATHENS, Ohio – Coming off a thrilling 74-71 overtime win at Buffalo, the Ohio Women's Basketball team (12-0, 1-0 MAC) will open up home Mid-American Conference play on Wednesday against Central Michigan (10-3, 1-0 MAC). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
Ohio Athletics is offering free admission to all fans to attend the MAC showdown, courtesy of Frog Ranch. Fans attending Wednesday's contest at the Convo will also receive free winter gloves.
Fans that unable to attend can watch the game live on ESPN+. Jake Hromada will be on the call live on WOUB-AM 1340 and OhioBobcats.com.
HOOKS EARNS MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK WHILE OHIO BEATS BUFFALO
Behind junior guard Amani Burke's (Columbus, Ohio) first career double-double and 21 points from sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), the Ohio Women's Basketball team (12-0, 1-0 MAC) earned a come-from-behind overtime win over Buffalo (8-4, 0-1 MAC), 74-71, on Saturday afternoon inside Alumni Arena.
Hooks had 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting and was 3-of-7 from the free throw line in Ohio's 74-71 overtime win against Buffalo to open conference play. Hooks had seven steals for the second-straight game and also posted four rebounds and four assists.
Hooks is the fifth Bobcat to be named MAC East Player of the Week this season. She is joined by senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) redshirt freshman Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio), sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio).
Ohio is receiving votes in the latest Associated Press Poll for the first time in school history. Ohio picked up two votes in the latest poll.
ONE OF THREE UNDEFEATED TEAMS
Only three teams are left undefeated in Division I play this season. Ohio is joined by NC State and Louisville as the remaining unbeatens in NCAA Division I.
Ohio is ranked in both the ESPN Mid-Major Poll and the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. Ohio is ranked No. 5 in both polls. Ohio is the highest ranked MAC team in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll while Central Michigan is No. 6 and Buffalo is No. 7.
TOP-10 TURNOVER MARGIN
Ohio's tunrover margin of +8.33 is fourth in the nation and the highest in the Mid-American Conference. Lamar is the nation's leader at 10.85, while the second highest MAC school is Buffalo at No. 27 at 5.08.
FILLING IT UP
Ohio has one of the nations top offenses this season. The Bobcats rank No. 8 in the nation in scoring offense at 84.2. Ohio's field goal percentage of 46.1 is No. 18 in the nation, and Ohio is making 9.9 three pointers per game, good for No. 13 in the nation.
SECOND-HIGHEST GUARD FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN THE NATION
While Cece Hooks is No. 33 in the nation in field goal percentage, her 56.5 (78-of-138) percent mark is the third highest in the country by a guard. Megan Gustafson of Iowa is the nation's leader at 71.1 percent.
Ohio is No. 11 in the nation in scoring Margin at +21.9 this season. Central Michigan is at No. 2 in the league and No. 45 in the country at 13.8. Drexel is the nation's leader at 47.1.
HOOKS IS SWIPING IT
Cece Hooks is No. 4 in the nation in steals per game at 4.33. She's had at least two swipes in every game and posted a season-best seven steals in Ohio's win over American in just 14 minutes of play.
DOSECK EARNS MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK AS OHIO WRAPS UP NONCONFERENCE SEASON PERFECT
Senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday (Jan. 1).
Doseck tied her career high with 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Ohio's 77-67 win over American on Saturday. She was 5-of-8 from the three-point line and had 20 points in the first half alone. Doseck added three assists and four rebounds in the victory over the Eagles.
Doseck earned weekly conference honors for the second time in her career and the first time this season. Doseck is the fourth Bobcat to be named MAC East Player of the Week, joining redshirt freshman Erica Johnson, sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio).
Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) had her second double-double of the season. Burris played all 40 minutes in the win, posting 19 points and 10 rebounds, which tied her season best. Burris added three assists to her 8-of-18 shooting, where two of her makes were from the three point line.
Ohio hit the 100 mark for the second time this season as the Bobcats took down Richmond, 109-58 to improve to 10-0.
Ohio's 109 points was the fifth highest point total in program history and the highest since 2014. Ohio had only scored 100 points twice in one season in 1991, when the Bobcats scored 111 against Hofstra and 110 against Kent State. The Bobcats scored 100 points against Eastern Kentucky earlier this season.
The Bobcats were led by junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) and sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio), who each had 24 points. Burke's 24 on 7-of-10 shooting and 4-of-5 from deep was her career high, while Burris was just one off her career best of 25 which she set against Lamar earlier this season. Burris went 8-of-14 from the field and had a career high six threes. Burke added six rebounds and two assists and had a +/- of 42, while Burris was also +/- of 42 with three rebounds.
JOHNSON EARNS MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK AS OHIO MATCHES BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson earned her first MAC East Division Player of the Week award as Ohio defeated IUPUI, 73-66 and moved to 9-0. Ohio also started the season 9-0 in 1985-86.
Johnson put up a career-best 22 points in her a career-high 35 minutes on the floor. The Mansfield, Ohio native shot 58. 3 percent (7-of-12) from the floor and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. She also added seven rebounds – including three offensive boards – and six assists in the win. Johnson is averaging 11.6 points per game this season, 4.7 helpers per game and five rebounds per game.
JESSING'S CAREER HIGH PUSHES BOBCATS TO 8-0
Senior forward Kendall Jessing set mutiple career highs as Ohio pushed to 8-0 for just the second time in program history. Jessing posted a career best 14 points in the win and was a perfect 4-4 from the field while going 4-6 from the free throw line. Jessing set career highs in points (14), three point field goals made (2), free throws made (4) and field goals made (4).
Sophomore guard Gabby Burris led the Bobcats with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field with two three pointers. Burris also pulled down a team high seven rebounds and posted one steal. Junior guard Armani Burke had 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting with four assists, one block and one steal.
OHIO RUNS RECORD TO 7-0 WITH WIN OVER PURDUE
Behind a career-high 31 points from sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), Ohio remained undefeated after an 80-73 win over Big Ten Conference foe Purdue on Wednesday (Dec. 8) at the Convocation Center.
The Bobcats beat the Boilermakers for the second year in a row and beat a Big Ten opponent at the Convo for the second time in the last three years. Ohio has started a season 7-0 for the second time in the last three years and third time in program history.
Ohio's win over Purdue was sparked by a second quarter that saw the Bobcats outscore the Boilermakers 26-9 to take a 41-26 lead into halftime. Purdue outscored Ohio by a 47-39 margin in the second half, but the Bobcats were able to hang on for the victory. Ohio shot 55 percent (11-of-20) with four three-pointers in the second quarter while limiting Purdue to just 27.3 percent (3-of-11) from the floor.
BURKE NAMED MAC EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week by the league office on Tuesday (Dec. 4). Burke, whose major is child and family studies, earned weekly conference honors for the first time in her career. She became the second Bobcat to be named MAC East Division Player of the Week.
Burke led all scorers with 17 points to help Ohio (6-0) beat Cleveland State, 72-54, last Saturday (Dec. 1) at the Convocation Center in Athens as the Bobcats improved to 6-0 to start a season for the third time in the last five years. She went 6-of-13 from the floor with four three-pointers. She also chipped in five rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in 31 minutes.
Burke currently ranks third on the team with 13.3 points per game and second with 2.7 steals per contest.
BURRIS NAMED MAC EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Burris was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week on Nov. 13. Burris, whose major is undeclared, earned weekly conference honors for the first time in her career. Burris scored a career-high 23 points to lead Ohio to the win over UNCW. She shot 8-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, and made all four of her free throw attempts. She also chipped in five rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes of action.
In the win over Binghamton, Burris did not score, but Ohio was +35 with her on the floor. She tallied a career-high four steals in the victory. She then finished with 13 points off of four made field goals and five made free throws and hauled in a team-high seven boards in the win over Eastern Kentucky. Last Saturday against Cleveland State, Burris contributed 14 points and added five rebounds and a steal.
Burris currently leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game and ranks second on the squad with 14.9 points per game.
Burris earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2017-18. She averaged 10.2 points per game in her rookie campaign to rank third on the team and 4.4 boards per game to rank second.
HUNGRY FOR MORE
Hooks represented Ohio on the 2018-19 Preseason All-MAC East Division Team. Hooks is coming off a rookie season in which she was named MAC Freshman of the Year and earned sports on both the All-MAC Third Team and MAC All-Freshman Team. She averaged a team-high 13.5 points per game and became the second-highest scoring freshman in program history with 406 points. She broke Ohio's single-season record with 100 steals (3.3 per game) and led the Bobcats with 4.8 rebounds per game.
SEASON SIX UNDER BOLDON
The Bobcats are in their sixth season under the direction of Boldon, who was named the 10th head coach in program history on March 28, 2013.
Ohio has gone 112-58 (.659) with Boldon at the helm of the program. His .659 winning percentage is the highest of any head coach in the history of Ohio women's basketball, and he needs 12 more wins to surpass Marsha Reall (123; 1990-99) for the most in program history.
Boldon led Ohio to back-to-back MAC regular season titles in 2015 and '16. The Bobcats won the MAC tournament crown in 2015 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. Ohio participated in the WNIT in both 2016 and '17 and advanced to the third round in '16.
MEET THE COACHING STAFF
Tavares Jackson has been an assistant coach on Bob Boldon's Ohio staff for six years. Marwan Miller is in his third 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 Hass is the team's new 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.
SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Central Michigan is 10-3 this year and 1-0 in conference plays. CMU opened MAC play with a 94-71 win over Akron at home on Saturday. CMU has faced two ranked teams this season, beating No. 24 Miami 90-80 and losing to No. 3 Louisville, 72-68. The Chippewas are led by Presley Hudson at 21. 3 points per game while Reyna Frost is averaging 18.0 points per game.
Ohio will head to Ball State on Saturday, Jan. 12. Tip off is set for 2:30 p.m.