ATHENS, OHIO — Freshman guard Cierra Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) and freshman forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) each score a game-high 17 points to lead Ohio women's basketball (2-0) past Notre Dame College (1-2), 93-37, Thursday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Four Bobcats finished in double-digits and redshirt senior guard Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) finished with a career-high 10 assists.
How It Was Decided
The Bobcats jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the first quarter thanks to three straight 3-pointers, two from redshirt sophomore guard Katie Barker (Carry, Ill.) and Agler added another. Ohio went on an 11-2 run to finish the first quarter, highlighted by two Burris' layups.
Ohio never lost the lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Bobcats outscored Notre Dame 16-6, and used six points from junior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) to propel them to a 41-16 lead at the break.
Ohio built its lead in the third quarter, as the Falcons sent the Bobcats to the line six times and Ohio responded by shooting 11-of-12 from the charity stripe. In the quarter, the Bobcats benched scored 23 points and 18 points came from the point.
Headed to the fourth quarter, Ohio led 73-27.
The fourth quarter saw the debut of redshirt freshman forward Meche'la Cobb (New Albany, Ohio). The Bobcats opened the quarter on an 8-4 run, with layups from Agler and Burris.
As a team Ohio forced 37 turnovers on the day, 25 coming from steals. The 25 steals sets a program record previously set at 23.
The Bobcats out rebounded Notre Dame, pulling down 42 rebounds compared to the Falcons 35. As a team Ohio shot 19-of-23 (82.6 percent) from the free throw line and 10-of-30 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
The bench contributed 50 points compared to the Falcons 11. Ohio scored 39 points off of turnovers, 18 on the fast break and 44 inside the paint.
Along with her career high 10 assists, Agler scored five points, pulled down six rebounds and contributed five steals. Junior forward Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) chipped in a career-high 11 points and finished with six rebounds, two steals and went 2-for from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) added 10 points, two rebounds and an assist, while freshman guard Alexis Stover (Solon, Ohio) had seven points and four rebounds over 20 minutes of play.
"I often think you get what you practice and we practice defense. So it's nice to see that area get better. We've always been a pretty good defensive team so it's nice to see that continue. We aren't as athletic as we have been in the past. But to see our kids take pride in what we do and understanding our principals in guarding and such, it's nice. It's a nice step. There's still a lot of games to be played and a lot of different types of opponents on the schedule so we'll see how it goes. To this points it's a good start." - Head Coach Bob Boldon
"I try to work really hard in practice and when I get the oppertunity on the floor, I just play and try not to mess up. While I'm out there, I want to do the best for me, but I also want to do the best for my teammates." - Cierra Hooks
"When we were younger we had a lot of girls in front of us who were more talented. So we took those practices and those roles to get better. Not that they're not here, its our opportunity to take on a new role and we're adjusting well to that. We take a lot of pride in our defense, so once our defense clicks, our offense clicks and we can focus on working on that end whether its steals, rebounds or ball pressure, it all starts on defense and we take a lot of pride in that." - Kendall Jessing
Ohio faces its first road test of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m against rival Marshall in Huntington, W. Va.
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