MUNCIE, Ind. – Behind a career-high 24 points from redshirt freshman Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio), the Ohio Women's Basketball team (13-1, 2-1 MAC) earned a road win at Ball State (6-9, 1-2 MAC), 90-75, on Saturday afternoon in Worthen Arena.
"It was really nice to see the ball go in the basket after we struggled at home a few days ago," head coach Bob Boldon said. "We had a lot of different kids knocking down shots for us and hopefully that bodes well for us moving forward."
Johnson's career-high of 24 points was the second time she's put up 20 or more this season. Johnson was an impressive 8-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the three point line. The Mansfield, Ohio native earned seven free throws and made five of them. She was one assist away from a double-double with a career-high nine and also added five rebounds in 30 minutes on the floor.
"(Erica) was terrific," Boldon added. "I think she was frustrated against Central (Michigan). She scored it well in the second half (of the CMU game), but she was frustrated with her overall performance. I thought she came into today with a good attitude and did a really nice job affecting the game."
Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) posted 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting with one made free throw. Hooks picked up three steals, five rebounds and one assist in the win. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) also had double-digit points after going 4-of-10 from the floor with 10 points. Burke also produced six boards and four helpers with 33 minutes.
Senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) had was 2-of-4 from deep and ended up with nine points after knocking down three free throws. Redshirt freshman guard Kaylee Bambule (Plainfield, Ill.) matched that with nine points after going 3-of-6 with all of her shots coming from behind the three point line in 17 minutes of play.
Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) was 3-of-6 from the field for eight total points after hitting one three. Redshirt freshman Deesh Beck (Grand Rapids, Michigan) had six points with one three pointer while senior forward Olivia Bower totaled five points.
As a team, Ohio shot 50.8 percent (32-of-63) from the field and 42.9 percent (15-of-35) from the three-point line. Ohio earned 30 of their points in the paint and 21 off of turnovers. The Ohio bench outscored the Ball State bench 39-22. The Bobcats held Ball State to 45.3 percent (29-of-64) shooting and 25.0 percent (6-of-24) from deep.
Ball State won the jumpball and Ball State took an early 3-0 lead but Bower would knock down an early three. Ball State had a three of their own and grabbed an 8-3 advantage before a three Hooks' makes gave the Bobcats an 9-8 advantage. Ball State went up 14-9 but Ohio used a 11-1 run capped by a Burke fast break bucket to go up 20-15. Ball State would get the Ohio advantage to 22-20 but BSU would not be able to gain the lead the rest of the game.
The Bobcats were led by Hooks with seven points in the first quarter while Ohio shot 9-of-18 from the field.
Ball State tied the game at 22-22 but Johnson gave Ohio a 25-22 advantage with a three and the Bobcats would not look back. Johnson sparked a 11-0 run that handed Ohio a 36-25 advantage at the media timeout. Ohio extended its run to 14-0 with a Burke bomb but Ball State answered to cut the lead to 39-32. Ball State chipped away and Ohio led 40-35 at the break.
Johnson made two threes in the second quarter and was 3-of-5 from the field to lead Ohio. Ohio was 6-of-15 from the field and 5-of-9 from deep in the second quarter with Burke knocking down two and Bambule hitting one.
Hooks got the scoring going in the second half with a layup and she would extend the lead with another layup to give Ohio a 44-35 advantage in the third quarter Six-straight Ohio points forced a Ball State timeout at 50-39 and the Bobcats would then go on a 5-0 run out of the break. Ball State was able to get just two more buckets after that and Ohio would take a 62-45 lead into the final quarter.
Ohio outscored Ball State 22-10 in the third quarter and was 7-of-13 from the field while holding the Cardinals to 5-of-17 shooting. Hooks had eight in the quarter while Doseck knocked down three free throws and one three for six points.
In the fourth quarter, Ohio was able to push the lead to 20 early in the quarter. Ball State quickly used a timeout and chipped away at the Bobcats lead with a 6-0 run. Ohio and Ball State would then trade buckets for the rest of the game while the Ohio lead hovered around 15.
Both teams were 10-of-17 in the fourth quarter. Ohio was 6-of-11 from deep while BSU was 8-of-11 from the free throw line.
The Bobcats will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 16 when Ohio welcomes Kent State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.