ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio women's basketball team (4-2) begins its four-game road trip on Wednesday, Dec. 6 when the Bobcats face Cleveland State. Game time is set for 11 a.m. inside the Wolstein Center and can be seen on ESPN3. If you can't catch it there, Jake Hromada will have you covered on WOUB-AM 1340.
Dec. 6, 2017 | Cleveland State Vikings (5-2) vs. Ohio Bobcats (4-2) | 11 a.m. ET | Cleveland, Ohio | Wolstein Center | Gametracker |Watch Live | Listen Live| Ohio Game Notes | Cleveland State Game Notes
A WIN AGAINST CLEVELAND STATE WOULD…
- Give Ohio their 17th win against CSU.
- Would be their second-straight win against the Vikings and the first since Dec. 29, 2014 when Ohio won 71-64 in Athens.
- Give Ohio its first win at CSU since Nov. 26, 2007.
- Give head coach Bob Boldon his 187th career win and his 88th at Ohio.
- Give Ohio its 552nd victory in program history.
- Improve Ohio to 5-2 to open the season.
- Give the Bobcats five wins to open the season for the sixth time in program history and the second time under Boldon.
- Give Ohio its third road win of the season.
ALL TIME AGAINST CLEVELAND STATE
- The Bobcats are 16-8 all-time against Cleveland State, with Ohio winning the last match.
- The last time the two teams met was on Dec. 29, 2014 when Ohio won the game, 71-64 in Athens.
- The last time Ohio won at CSU was Nov. 26, 2007.
- The Home team has won the last seven meetings.
- The Bobcats are currently 4-2 after falling 76-52 to IUPUI on Dec. 2.
- Leading Ohio is Cierra Hooks who averages 11.8 points a game and 4.8 rebounds a contest. Hooks also leads the team in steals with 22 while also adding 12 assists.
- Amani Burke is adding 10.8 points a game and 3.8 rebounds.
- Dominique Doseck is also averaging double figures, adding 10.5 points a game and 15 steals.
- Taylor Agler adds 9.5 points a game and 3.3 rebounds to go along with her team-leading 29 assists.
- As a team, Ohio is averaging 65.5 points a game while allowing opponents to score 59.5 points a game.
- Ohio is shooting .360 from the field, .239 from three-point range and .588 from the free throw line.
- The Bobcats are averaging 33.3 rebounds a game, 11.0 assists per game and 2.2 blocks a game.
- The Bobcats are turning the ball over only 12.7 times a game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 27.0 times.
- Ohio is also averaging 15.8 steals a game.
- The Bobcats are currently first in the nation in turnover margin, third in steals per game and fourth in turnovers forced.
- 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 76-52 setback against IUPUI on Dec. 2 in Athens.
- Taylor Agler led Ohio, tallying 11 points, while adding two rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
- Gabby Burris, with nine points, and going 4-for-9 from the field, and grabbing a team-high five rebounds.
- Kendall Jessing also had nine points, with four rebounds.
- Amani Burke and Cierra Hooks each had eight points and three rebounds. Hooks also had a game-high four steals.
- As a team, Ohio was 19-of-52 (.365) from the field, 5-of-28 (.179) from the three-point line, and 9-of-20 (.450) from the line. I
- IUPUI was 29-of-56 (.518) from the field, 4-of-14 (.286) from the three-point line, and 14-of-22 (.636) from the free-throw line.
- Ohio's bench outscored IUPUI 21-15 in the game. IUPUI scored more points in the paint (40-28), had more second-chance points (18-11), and more fast break points (10-2).
IN CLEVELAND STATE'S LAST GAME
- CSU is coming off of a 70-61 win against Niagara on Dec. 1.
- Ashanti Abshaw posted a game-high 30 points, 28 of which came in the final three quarters. Abshaw also posted team highs for CSU in assists (4) and steals (4).
- Khayla Livingston and Olivia Voskuhl also reached double figures for the Vikings.
- Livingston notched 13 points, five rebounds and three assists on the game.
- Voskuhl tallied 13 points, a team-high seven rebounds and three assists.
- Shadae Bosley added a season-high four blocked shots with four rebounds while Jade Ely finished with five points, three assists and two steals.
- CSU shot 25-of-55 (45.5%) from the field while holding Niagara to 24-of-64 (37.5%).
- The Vikings were 7-of-21 (33.3%) from distance while the Purple Eagles were 2-of-11 (18.2%) from international waters.
SCOUTING CLEVELAND STATE
-Cleveland State is off to a 5-2 start after defeating Niagara on Dec. 1.
- Leading the Vikings is Ashanti Abshaw who is averaging 21.3 points a game.
- Khayla Livingston is adding 15.3 points a game and is shooting .475 from the field and .368 from three-point range.
- Olivia Voskuhl is leading the team with 7.3 rebounds per contest.
- Overall, CSU is averaging 70.1 points per game while allowing only 67.4 points per game.
- As a team, the Vikings are shooting .439 from the field, .353 from three-point range and .741 from the free throw line.
- CSU also adds 35.4 rebounds a game and 14.0 assists per contest.
- The Vikings are averaging 14.7 turnovers a game and 3.3 blocks a game.
LAST TIME AGAINST CLEVELAND STATE
- The Bobcats last faced off with Cleveland State on Dec. 30, 2015 with Ohio winning 71-64 in Athens.
- Ohio and CSU ended the first half tied, 27-27.
- Lampkins and Baldwin lead the Bobcats in points, with 14 apiece.
- Lexie Baldwin also led Ohio in rebounds, with seven.
- As a unit, Ohio recorded 39 rebounds.
- The team hit 50.0% of their three-point shots and they currently rank third in the nation in three-point field goals per game.
- The Bobcats shot 72.2% from the free throw line (13-18).
- With CSU trailing by three with 25 seconds left, Mariah Byard and Jasmine Weatherspoon both sank two free throws to solidify the 71-64 victory.
- Baldwin was 4-5 from the free throw line, while Weatherspoon was 5-7.
- Ohio's largest lead was by eight points with 16:23 remaining in the first half.
- The Viking's largest lead was by seven points, with 6:57 remaining in the first half.
- Ohio earned 31 points off of turnovers.
- The lead changed a total of 14 times throughout the game.
- CSU's Kiersten Green lead the competition in baskets for the first half, with 12 points.
- CSU's Imani Gordon grabbed the most rebounds in the first half, with six.
- Despite their size, the Ohio defense has been solid for Ohio through the first four games.
- The Bobcats are forcing 27.0 turnovers a game, which leads the MAC and is fourth in the nation.
- Ohio also averaged 15.8 steals a game, which is also leading the MAC and is third in the nation.
- The Bobcats are also first in the nation and first in the MAC in turnover margin (+14.3)
- Individually, Cierra Hooks (3.6) ranks second in the MAC in steals per game, while Taylor Agler (3.4) is third and Dominique Doseck (3.0) is tied for fourth.
- Nationally, Hooks is 11th in steals per game, with Agler ranked 30th.
- On Nov. 16 against Notre Dame College, the Bobcats set the single game record for steals with 25.
- The Bobcats have forced at least 20 turnovers in all five out of six games this season.
Ohio will stay on the road for one more game before finals week when they head to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on Purdue on Dec. 9. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.