ATHENS, OHIO — Sophomore guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) scored a game-high 18 points and junior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) contributed 10 second half points to lead Ohio past High Point, 64-61, Sunday afternoon in the season opener for the Bobcats at the Convocation Center.
The game featured the collegiate debut of three Bobcats—freshman guard Cierra Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), freshman forward Alexis Stover (Solon, Ohio) and freshman forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio). Burris lead all freshmen with 14 points, seven rebounds over 19 minutes of play.
How It Was Decided
The Bobcats fell behind 5-0 early on and used a 16-7 run to jump ahead. Burris and Hooks each contributed two layups, followed by a 3-pointer from redshirt sophomore Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.).
In the second quarter, Ohio stretched its lead to 28-22, thanks to a 3-pointer from Barker, free throws from Hooks and Burris, and another Burris layup. At the half, Ohio led High Point 28-24.
The Panthers opened up the second half on a 16-5 tear, closing in on Ohio's lead and making it a five point deficit at 40-35. The Bobcats would fall behind when a High Point 3-pointer put them behind 43-39.
Ohio wouldn't stop though and recovered the lead late in the third quarter by just allowing two points the last three minutes of the quarter. This was sparked by three free throws from Burke, a Burris layup and a Doseck trey.
In the fourth quarter, High Point tried to comeback, but each time the Bobcats put them back down. Ohio stretched its lead to 59-49 with 6:27 to play off of a Burke layup. The Panthers could only come within of four of the Bobcats, but four-straight points from free-throws clinched the win.
Redshirt senior Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) scored six of her nine points in the second half and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Barker hit two threes on the day, pulled down a rebound and forced a turnover off of a steal.
Junior forward Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) chipped in four rebounds, two points, two assists and a steal over 22 minutes. Hooks finished with five points, four rebounds and added four assists.
The Bobcats defense was dominant, forcing 30 High Point turnovers. Ohio finished with 16 steals and a block on the night.
Head Coach Bob Boldon on situational basketball
"It was terrific, it really was, I thought high point did a great job. They obviously shot the ball well, you've got to give them a lot of credit for that. 50% from the three-point line, it's pretty good. I wish we would have done a better job guarding them, we talk about learning and getting better, that's one of those things, that we'll look at on tape, what can we do moving forward."
Amani Burke on her first career start
"Starting wasn't too bad, it was definitely different from coming off the bench, when you come off the bench you can see what has to be done differently, and when you go in you know exactly what to do. When you start, everything just kind of comes at you at once, you just have to figure it out for yourself."
Dominique Doseck on Adversity
"I learned that when we are challenged with adversity, we will come together as a group. That's something that we're building off of last year because I know that didn't always happen. When there's a foul or something we group up and say, 'shake it off, we're going to come back from this.'"
Ohio returns home to face Notre Dame (Ohio) on Thursday, Nov. 16. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. and it will mark the annual Education Day at The Convo.
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