CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The No. 2 seed Ohio Women's Basketball team (25-4, 14-4 MAC) will face No. 7 seed Northern Illinois (19-12, 10-8 MAC) in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Ohio will play the third game of the day with games beginning at noon. Tip-off is projected around 5 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY AND LAST TIME OUT
This is the 39th all-time series meeting between the two programs, with the series being tied at 19-19.
Ohio won the only game played between the two teams this season, 69-53. Erica Johnson produced her first career double-double after a career-high 26 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Johnson added five assists off the bench in 31 minutes of play. The Mansfield, Ohio native was 9-of-13 from the field, 3-of-4 from the three-point line and 5-of-7 from the free throw line and was +15 on the floor.
Johnson wasn't the only Bobcat with a double-double, as sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) had her third of the season with 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting and 10 rebounds. Burris added two free throws in 35 minutes of play while going +17.
NIU is the No. 7 seed in the MAC Tournament and is 19-12 this season while finishing 10-8 in the MAC Regular season. The Huskies most recently won a wild 70-69 game over Western Michigan to advance to the second round. NIU also won its last game of the season, also against WMU, 74-71. The Huskies have the fourth-best offense in the MAC and No. 44 in the country at 73.9 points per game. NIU ranks No. 292 on defense after allowing 70.4 points per game.
OHIO IN THE MAC TOURNAMENT
Ohio is 20-30 all-time in the MAC Tournament. The Bobcats have won the tournament twice - in 1986 and 2015. Ohio is 5-17 all-time in MAC quarterfinal games. Last season, Ohio won its first round game over Akron 85-73 before falling to Miami in Cleveland, 69-66. The Bobcats last saw the Huskies in the MAC Tournament in 2017, when NIU defeated Ohio. 72-71.
MAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cece 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 is 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.
MAC FRESHMAN AND SIXTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Erica 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.
THREE ON THE ALL-MAC TEAM
MAC EAST CHAMPS
With Ohio's win over Bowling Green, the Bobcats clinched the MAC East title. The Bobcats have now won the MAC East three times under head coach Bob Boldon.
HOOKS NAMED MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cece Hooks earned MAC East Player of the Week for her performance against Bowling Green and Miami. Hooks scored 22 points in Ohio's senior day win over Bowling Green, going 7-of-12 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She also grabbed three rebounds and dished out four assists in 39 minutes. In Ohio's win over Miami, Hooks had 19 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Hooks was 8-of-11 from the line and also hit one three. Hooks added six rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes of play.
TO THE LAND
In Ohio's 70-66 win over Miami, Ohio clinched a first round bye in the MAC Tournament. Ohio is slotted as the No. 2 seed.
WINNINGEST COACH IN PROGRAM HISTORY
In Ohio's 70-66 win over Miami, head coach Bob Boldon became the winningest coach in program history. Boldon is 125-61 as a head coach at Ohio and he passed former head coach Marsha Reall. Boldon's winning percentage of .672 is the highest of any head coach in program history.
1,000 POINT CLUB
With 1,012 career points, Amani Burke became the 16th member of the Ohio University 1,000 point club during Ohio's win against Bowling Green. Caroline Mast is the all-time scoring leader with 2,449 points.
FIVE STARTERS, FIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Ohio is the only team in the MAC to have all five projected starters be named a MAC East Player of the Week. All five projected starters are also averaging more than 10 points per game.
MOVING UP THE SCORING CHARTS
Cece Hooks has scored 505 total points this season, which is already the 13th best point total for a single season at Ohio. Hooks is averaging 17.4 points per game while shooting 50.3 percent from the field.
TYING A CAREER HIGH
In Ohio's 81-71 win over Akron, Cece Hooks tied her career-high of 31 points which she set earlier this season in a win against Purdue. Hooks was 11-of-23 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Hooks had never made more than one three in a game, and tonight was 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Hooks earned her second double-double of the season and third of her career with 10 rebounds. She added three assists, two blocks and two steals.
BURKE SETS OHIO RECORD FOR THREES MADE AND TIES MAC RECORD
In Ohio's 94-62 win over Ball State, Amani Burke was 11-of-15 from the three point line, setting Ohio's single game record for threes made. Kiyanna Black and Marlene Stollings held the previous record with 10 threes made in a game. Burke's 11 threes also tied the Mid-American Conference record, which was set by Mikayla Voight of Northern Illinois earlier this season. Burke was 11-of-16 overall and added six rebounds in the win.
TOP-60 RPI WINS
Ohio had five players in double-figures while the Bobcats took down Central Michigan on the road, 78-75. With CMU being ranked No. 26 in the latest RPI, Ohio now has four wins within the top 60. Buffalo currently sits at No. 38, Lamar is No. 54 and Miami is No. 49.
CLIMBING THE STEALS LADDER
With 189 career steals, Cece Hooks is fifth all-time in steals at Ohio. Quiera Lampkins (2013-2017) is the Ohio leader with 229. Hooks' 89 steals this season is already the second-most of a single season in school history. Hooks holds the all-time mark - set last season - with 100.
ALL-TIME THREES MADE
Dominique Doseck has knocked down 183 three pointers in her career, good for fifth all-time in Ohio program history. Kiyanna Black is the all-time leader with 318.
Doseck's 69 threes made this season is tied for 6th all-time in a single season.
LEADING THE MAC IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE
Amani Burke is leading the MAC in three-point percentage at 40.6. Burke is No. 33 in the country. Dominique Doseck is just behind her at 40.1 percent this year, good for second in the league and No. 39 in the nation.
TOP-10 TURNOVER MARGIN
Ohio's turnover margin of +6.24 is 10th in the nation and the highest in the Mid-American Conference. Lamar is the nation's leader at 11.14
FILLING IT UP
Ohio has one of the nations top offenses this season. The Bobcats rank No. 16 in the nation and second the MAC in scoring offense at 78.4. Ohio's field goal percentage of 43.0 is No. 58 in the nation and No. 3 in the league and Ohio is making 9.9 three pointers per game, good for No. 7 in the nation and first in the MAC.
SEVENTH-HIGHEST GUARD FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN THE NATION
While Cece Hooks is No. 59 in the nation in field goal percentage, her 50.4 percent mark is the seventh highest in the country by a guard. She is also fourth in the MAC.
Ohio is No. 34 in the nation and second in the MAC in scoring Margin at +12.2 this season. Mississippi State is the nation's leader at 28.3 and Central Michigan is the MAC leader at 15.6.
HOOKS IS SWIPING IT
Cece Hooks is No. 11 in the nation in steals per game at 3.14. That's the highest mark of any player in the MAC. Chastadie Barrs from Lamar is the nation's leader at 6.34.
12-GAME WIN STREAK
Before the loss to Central Michigan, Ohio started the year 12-0. Ohio had never started the season with 12-straight wins, and the Bobcats tied the longest winning streak in the Bob Boldon era.
WIN BEFORE THE OFF DAY
Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) all compiled a team-high 15 points in Ohio's 70-56 win over WMU.
ANOTHER 90+ PERFORMANCE FOR OHIO
Ohio scored 90 or more points in their second-straight game after beating Akron, 92-70. Erica Johnson had a double-double for 22 points and 11 rebounds and also grabbed five assists. Gabby Burris had 21 points of her own in the win.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT CECE
Not to be overlooked, Cece Hooks followed closely behind Burke with 26 points and a game-high 12 assists in her double-double performance against Ball State. Hooks was 12-of-17 from the field and compiled a game-high seven steals and team-high seven rebounds in her 26 minutes of play.
JOHNSON EARNS SECOND MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Redshirt freshman Erica Johnson averaged a double-double in her two games against NIU and Bowling Green, earning her second MAC East Player of the Week nomination. Johnson averaged 24 points and 10.5 in the two victories. Johnson was an impressive 15-of-25 from the field over the week, shooting 60.0 percent and was 7-of-12 from deep and 11-of-15 from the free throw line.
FOUR IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AGAINST MIAMI
In Ohio's 67-61 loss to Miami, four Bobcats - Erica Johnson (16), Cece Hooks (15), Amani Burke (11) and Olivia Bower (10) all were in double-figures for points. Ohio shot 38.1 percent (24-of-63) in the loss and was 7-of-18 (38.6 percent) from deep.
CLOSE ONE AT BOWLING GREEN
Erica Johnson and Cece Hooks each posted 22 points as Ohio took down Bowling Green, 82-70. Hooks was one rebound short of a double-double after adding nine rebounds to her 22 points. Hooks contributed seven assists and three steals while going +5. Johnson was 50.0 percent from both the field and the three-point line, going 6-of-12 and 4-of-8, respectively. Johnson was 6-of-8 from the free throw line and knocked down a pair of free throws late in the game to go up three with five seconds left. The Mansfield, Ohio native added five steals, five rebounds and four assists in the win.
SHUT DOWN THE NIU OFFENSE
Ohio shut down the high-powered NIU offense to win, 69-53 on the road. Erica Johnson produced her first career double-double after a career-high 26 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Johnson added five assists off the bench in 31 minutes of play. The Mansfield, Ohio native was 9-of-13 from the field, 3-of-4 from the three-point line and 5-of-7 from the free throw line and was +15 on the floor.
Johnson wasn't the only Bobcat with a double-double, as sophomore forward Gabby Burris had her third of the season with 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting and 10 rebounds. Burris added two free throws in 35 minutes of play while going +17.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 125-61 (.670) with Boldon at the helm of the program. His 125 wins are most in program history and his .670 winning percentage is the best 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.