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Ohio Women’s Basketball Looks to Rebound at Eastern Kentucky

Ohio Women’s Basketball Looks to Rebound at Eastern Kentucky

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio women's basketball team (3-1) heads back on the road on Tuesday, Nov. 28 when they travel to Richmond, Ky. to take on Eastern Kentucky (2-3). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside McBrayer Arena. If you can't make it, Jake Hromada will have you covered on WOUB-AM 1340. 

TUESDAY'S MATCHUP
Nov. 28, 2017 | Eastern Kentucky Colonels (2-3) vs. Ohio Bobcats (3-1) | 7 p.m. ET | Richmond, Ky. | McBrayer Arena | Gametracker |Watch LiveListen LiveOhio Game Notes | EKU Game Notes

A WIN AGAINST EKU WILL...
- Give Ohio their fourth win against EKU.
- Give head coach Bob Boldon his 186th career win and his 88th at Ohio. 
- Give Ohio its 551st victory in program history. 
- Improve Ohio to 4-1 to open the season. 
- Give Ohio it's second road win of the season. 
- Give Ohio its fourth-straight win against WKU. 

ALL TIME AGAINST EASTERN KENTUCKY
- The Bobcats are 3-3 all-time against Eastern Kentucky, with Ohio winning the last three matches. 
- The last time the two teams met was on Nov. 23, 2013 when Ohio won the game, 60-52 in Richmond, Ky. 

SCOUTING OHIO
- The Bobcats are currently 3-1 after falling to Michigan, 74-61 on Nov. 25 at the Convocation Center. 
- Leading Ohio is Cierra Hooks who is averaging 12.3 points a game and has scored in double figures for three-straight contests. Hooks is also averaging 4.5 rebounds a game and 3.75 steals a game. 
- Next is Dominique Doseck who is averaging 12.0 points a game. She is shooting .400 from three-point range and .416 from the field. 
- Amani Burke is adding 11.5 points per game while Taylor Agler is averaging 8.5 points a game to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 5.75 assists per game. 
- As a team, Ohio is averaging 68.0 points per game while holding opponents to 56.0 points a game for a +12.0 scoring margin.
- The Bobcats are shooting .353 from the field,. .246 from three-point range and .605 from the free throw line.  
- Ohio is averaging 35.5 rebounds a game. 
- The Bobcats are forcing 29.5 turnovers per game and averaging 17.8 steals a game. 
- In the Nov. 12 opener, four Bobcats made their first ever start as a Bobcat (Katie Barker, Amani Burke, Dominique Doseck and Kendall Jessing), while three others made their college debut (Burris, Cierra Hooks, Alexis Stover)
- On Nov. 16 against Notre Dame, Four Bobcats finished in double-digits and redshirt senior guard Taylor Agler finished with a career-high 10 assists. Meche'la Cobb also made her Bobcat debut.
- Ohio returns one starter from last year's squad, in redshirt senior Taylor Agler
- The Bobcats will return six bench players, including All-MAC Freshman Team member Amani Burke
- Katie Barker, Dominique Doseck, Olivia Bower, Hannah Thome and Kendall Jessing will also return to the floor for Ohio. 
- Ohio welcomed five freshmen to the squad, with Cierra Hooks, Erica Johnson, Alexis Stover, Kaylee Bambule and Gabby Burris taking the floor this season. 

THE LAST TIME WE SAW OHIO
- Ohio is coming off of a 74-61 loss at the hands of 25th-ranked Michigan on Nov. 25 inside the Convo. 
- For the Bobcats, 17 points came from both Cierra Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) and Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio), while sophomore guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) added 12 points, redshirt senior guard Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) added nine and redshirt sophomore forward Hannah Thome (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) had a career-high six points for the Bobcats. Hooks also led the team in rebounds with seven.
- Ohio hung with Michigan through most of the game, sending the game to halftime tied at 31-31 and would only be down three at the end of the third quarter. However, Michigan would score 25 in the fourth to seal the game. 
- As a team, Ohio forced 23 Michigan turnovers, with 14 of those coming from steals. The Bobcats then scored 16 points off of those Michigan miscues.
- The Bobcat bench also helped out the offense for Ohio, with the bench added 23 points, compared to Michigan's four.
- Thome played 13 minutes for the Bobcats, setting a career-high with six points, both coming from three-pointers. Those two threes were the first of her career and one of them came while her twin sister, Hallie, was guarding her.
- The Bobcats were 21-of-65 (.323) from the field, 9-of-31 (.290) from three-point range and 10-of-15 (.667) from the charity stripe.
- The Wolverines were 25-of-55 (.455) from the field, 5-of-20 (.250) from three-point range and 19-of-25 (.760) from the free throw line.

IN EASTERN KENTUCKY'S LAST GAME
- EKU is coming off of a 64-53 loss at the hands of Cincinnati on Nov. 25. 
- Bria Bass made five three-pointers and finished with a career-best 22 points for EKU. Shay Solomon earned her second double-double of the season, tying her career-high with 14 points and setting a new career-high with 12 rebounds.
- EKU shot 40 percent for the game from the field and 32 percent from long range.  Cincinnati made 47 percent of its shots, including 43 percent from behind the arc.  Eastern out-rebounded UC, 35-28, but only had one offensive rebound in the second half.

SCOUTING EKU
- Eastern Kentucky is 2-3 to start the season and are coming off of a 64-53 loss to Cincinnati on Nov. 25. 
- A'Queen Hayes leads the team with 15.2 points per game and is also averaging 6.6 rebounds a contest. She is shooting .438 from the field. 
- Abby Wright is averaging 12.0 points a game. While Shay Solomon is averaging 10.6 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds a game. She is shooting .480 from the field. 
- As a team, EKU is averaging 58.0 points a game while allowing opponents to score 64.2 points a game. 
- The team is shooting .405 from the field, .286 from three-point range and .636 from the free throw line. 
- EKU is averaging 36.8 rebounds a game.
- EKU forced 10.4 turnovers a game while turning the ball over 14.8 times a contest.  

LAST TIME AGAINST EKU
- The Bobcats last faced off with Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 23, 2013 in Richmond where Ohio came away with the 60-52 win. 
- In the game, Kiyanna Black came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points. She went 4-for-9 from behind the arc.
- Kat Yelle finished with a career-high 11 points. She also tallied a team-high four assists to match her career high.
- Mariah Byard scored nine points - including two treys - and hauled in a career-high six rebounds.
- Hannah Boesinger tallied a career-high nine points.
- Lexie Baldwin pulled down a team-high seven boards and matched her career high with three blocks.

PESKY DEFENSE
- Despite their size, the Ohio defense has been solid for Ohio through the first four games. 
- The Bobcats are forcing 29.5 turnovers a game, which leads the MAC. 
- Ohio also averaged 17.8 steals a game, which is also leading the MAC. 
- On Nov. 16 against Notre Dame College, the Bobcats set the single game record for steals with 25.  

VICTORY MILESTONES
- Head coach Bob Boldon currently sits with 185 career victories. 
- He needs 15 more for 200 career victories 
- Boldon also has 87 victories at Ohio and needs 13 more for 100
- He would be only the second head coach in program history to reach 100 wins at Ohio.
- Marsha Reall lead Ohio with 123 as the head coach. 

UP NEXT
Ohio will head back home after Tuesday's matchup to take on IUPUI on Saturday, Dec. 2. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3. 

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