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Ohio Women’s Basketball’s Hooks Named MAC Defensive Player of the Year; Johnson Named MAC Freshman and Sixth Player of the Year

Ohio Women’s Basketball’s Hooks Named MAC Defensive Player of the Year; Johnson Named MAC Freshman and Sixth Player of the Year


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio Women's Basketball won three specialty awards and placed three on All-Mid-American Conference teams, the league announced on Tuesday (March 12). Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) was named the MAC Defensive Player of Year and redshirt freshman Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) won MAC Freshman of the Year and MAC Sixth Player of the Year. Hooks was named First Team All-MAC, while Johnson and junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) were named Third Team All-MAC. Hooks made the MAC All-Defensive team, while Johnson was named to the All-Freshman team.

Hooks became the second Bobcat to win MAC Defensive Player of the Year, joining Quiera Lampkins in 2016. Hooks is the MAC leader and No. 11 nationally in steals per game at 3.11. Her 89 steals this season is already the second-highest steal total in Ohio history, trailing only herself, who posted 100 last season. Hooks' 189 steals are already the fifth-most in program history. She has recorded a steal in every game expect three this season, and posted a game-high of seven three times, against American, Buffalo and Ball State.

Hooks has been stellar on offense as well, propelling her to First Team All-MAC status. Hooks is averaging a team-high 17.4 points per game and is one of five Bobcats averaging double figures. Hooks is shooting an impressive 50.5 percent (200-396) from the field, which is the seventh-highest field goal percentage for a guard in the country. Hooks has pulled down an average of 5.2 rebounds per game and has produced on 4.2 assists. The Dayton, Ohio native has posted a career-high of 31 points twice this season, coming in wins over Purdue and Akron. Hooks two double-doubles this season and has been named MAC East Player of the Week twice this season.

Johnson gave Ohio its second-straight MAC Freshman of the Year award and she is now the fourth Bobcat to win it. Hooks won the award in 2018, Rachel Frederick in 2006 and Caroline Mast in 1983. Johnson also won the MAC Sixth Player of the Year award, becoming the second Bobcat to take home that honor as Simone Redd won it in 2005.

Johnson won those and Third Team All-MAC by averaging 14.0 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting while going 36.7 percent from behind the three-point line. The Mansfield, Ohio native has posted four double-doubles this season, including a career-high 26 points and a career-high 16 rebounds off the bench in Ohio's win at Northern Illinois. Johnson had 24 points and 12 boards at Kent State, and helped Ohio defeat Miami with 22 points and eight boards just last week. Johnson won MAC East Player of the Week once this season recording 22 points, six assists and seven rebounds in Ohio's win over IUPUI. 

Burke earned Third Team All-MAC after averaging 13.4 points per game on 40.8 percent shooting a MAC best 40.8 percent from behind the three point line. Burke tied the MAC record and set the Ohio record for three-pointers made a game when she knocked down 11 in Ohio's home win over Ball State. Burke has a career-high 33 points in her record setting game. Burke has scored 20 or more points in four games this season and has one double-double this season.

Ohio will begin MAC Tournament action on Wednesday against Northern Illinois inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Ohio will play in the third game of the day and Ohio's game is the third of the day.

MAC Player of the Year (First Place Votes – Total Point):

Reyna Frost, Central Michigan (35 - 124)

Cierra Dillard, Buffalo (7 - 75)

Lauren Dickerson, Miami (1 - 8)

Cierra (Cece) Hooks, Ohio (1 - 7)

MAC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year

Sue Guevara, Central Michigan (21 - 100)

Bob Boldon, Ohio (10 - 81)

Megan Duffy, Miami (9 - 56)

Felisha Legette-Jack, Buffalo (2 - 14)

Todd Starkey (2 - 10)

MAC Women's Basketball Freshman of the Year

Erica Johnson, Ohio (40 - 129)

Asiah Dingle, Kent State (3 - 84)

Jenna Annecchiarico, Eastern Michigan (1 - 32)

MAC Women's Basketball Sixth Player of the Year

Erica Johnson, Ohio

MAC Women's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year

Cierra (Cece) Hooks, Ohio

Women's Basketball All-MAC First Team

Cierra Dillard, Buffalo

Reyna Frost, Central Michigan

Presley Hudson, Central Michigan

Lauren Dickerson, Miami

Cierra (Cece) Hooks, Ohio 

Women's Basketball All-MAC Second Team

Megan Sefcik, Akron

Summer Hemphill, Buffalo

Savannah Kluesner, Miami

Mikayla Voigt, Northern Illinois

Kaayla McIntyre, Toledo

Women's Basketball All-MAC Third Team

Andrea Cecil, Bowling Green

Micaela Kelly, Central Michigan

Megan Carter, Kent State

Amani Burke, Ohio

Erica Johnson, Ohio

Women's Basketball All-MAC Honorable Mention

Oshlynn Brown, Ball State

Danielle Minott, Eastern Michigan

Kendall McCoy, Miami

Mikaela Boyd, Toledo

Deja Wimby, Western Michigan

Women's Basketball MAC All-Defensive Team

Reyna Frost, Central Michigan

Alexa Golden, Kent State

Cierra (Cece) Hooks, Ohio

Kaayla McIntyre, Toledo

Deja Wimby, Western Michigan

Women's Basketball MAC All-Freshman Team

Thelma Dis Agustsdottir, Ball State

Morgan McMillen, Bowling Green

Asiah Dingle, Kent State

Lindsey Thall, Kent State

Erica Johnson, Ohio