RICHMOND, Ky. – After overcoming a sluggish first half, the Ohio Women's basketball team (4-1) shut down Eastern Kentucky (2-4) in the second half to come away with the 69-57 victory Tuesday evening (Nov. 28) inside McBrayer Arena.
Four Bobcats scored in double figures, led by junior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) who scored 15 points, followed by freshman guard Cierra Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) with 14. Redshirt senior guard Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) added 12 while sophomore guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) scored 11. Hooks also added a team-leading eight rebounds.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Eastern Kentucky would get off to an early lead with a steal and a layup 45 seconds into the game. Ohio would then take a 6-4 lead after a layup from Agler with 8:37 left in the game. However EKU would go on a 10-2 run over two minute to give the Colonels a 14-8 lead.
Ohio would fight, cutting the EKU lead to one with 4:18 left after a layup from freshman Guard Kaylee Bambule (Plainfield, Ill.). After EKU went up five with 1:53 left, Ohio would respond with Hooks' first career three-pointer and a Hooks layup to tie the game at 20-20 after the first quarter.
At the start of the second quarter, neither team would score until the 8:34 mark when junior forward Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) registered a layup to give the Bobcats a 22-20 lead.
The game would be back and forth through the second quarter, with the lead changing six times and the score being tied three times. In the quarter, redshirt sophomore guard Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.) and freshman forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) both hit three-pointers, but the game would go into the half with EKU leading 33-32.
At the start of the third quarter, EKU would take a 35-32 lead before a steal by Agler and a layup from Burke would tie the game for the seventh time. EKU would then take a five-point lead with 5:33 left in the quarter, before Ohio would go on a 9-0 run over the next minute and a half to take a 45-41 lead.
After EKU would register a jumper, Hooks would register a layup, followed by an Agler layup, helping give Ohio a 49-44 lead going in to the fourth quarter.
Eastern Kentucky would not tie or lead the game after the end of the third quarter.
After EKU cut the Ohio lead to 49-46 seconds into the quarter, Ohio would go on a 12-1 lead over two minutes, giving the Bobcats a 60-47 lead with five minutes left. Over that run, Doseck and Agler would both drain three-pointers helping Ohio build the lead.
After a jumper and two three-pointers from EKU to cut the Ohio lead to 62-57, the Bobcats would get a layup from Burris and capitalize on their free throws to close out the game, allowing Ohio to come away with the 69-57 victory.
The victory improved the Bobcats to 4-1 on the season and head coach Bob Boldon's 88th victory at Ohio and 186th of his career. The win also improves Ohio's record against EKU to 4-3, with the Bobcats winning the last four matchups.
As a team, Ohio was 25-of-65 (.385) from the field, 7-of-26 (.269) from three-point range and 12-of-18 (.667) from the free throw line. EKU was 23-of-52 (.442) from the field, 5-of-14 (.357) from three-point range and 6-of-8 (.750) from the free throw line.
EKU out rebounded the Bobcats 42-31, however, Ohio won the offensive rebounding battle, 14-13.
Ohio forced EKU to turn the ball over 27 times, with 13 of those miscues from steals and the Bobcats were able to score 28 points off of those turnovers. Meanwhile, Ohio only turned the ball over 11 times, with three of those coming from steals.
The Bobcats also recorded 11 assists and had four blocks. The Bobcats also recorded 23 bench points, eight fast break points and 36 points in the paint.
"The first half was not what we're accustomed to seeing and that's a learning experience. You come off a game where you've won a couple and now you think you're going to come in and beat somebody, that's not going to happen, especially not on the road." – Head Coach Bob Boldon
"The team that wins should be the team that tried its hardest. For a while we weren't the team that tried our hardest. I thought down the stretch we showed a lot of composure, and it's nice to get that experience of sticking to it and rebounding after a poor start. Those are valuable qualities. That's why you play non-conference games and two days later you play a game. This is the second time we've played a game two days later, that's a good experience for us." – Head Coach Bob Boldon
"To our credit, we did regroup at halftime, and that's not always the case. Some teams just shut it down. This team has shown a lot of heart and a lot of toughness, and I don't think it's anything but inexperience to explain that first quarter of defense that we saw." - Head Coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcats return to Athens on Saturday, Dec. 2 when they play host to IUPUI. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and will follow Ohio Wrestling's home opener against Appalachian State at 11:30 a.m.