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Ohio Women’s Basketball Opens MAC Play Against Toledo

Ohio Women’s Basketball Opens MAC Play Against Toledo

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio women's basketball team (6-5) wraps up 2017 by opening up Mid-American Conference play on Sunday, Dec. 31 when the Bobcats host MAC West foe Toledo (9-3). Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. If you can't make it to the Convo, Jake Hromada will have you covered on OhioBobcats.com. 

SUNDAY'S MATCHUP
Dec. 31 2017 | Toledo Rockets (9-3) vs. Ohio Bobcats (6-5) | 1 p.m. ET | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Gametracker Listen LiveOhio Game Notes | Toledo Game Notes

A WIN AGAINST TOLEDO WOULD...
- Give Ohio their 25th all-time win against Toledo.
- Give head coach Bob Boldon his 189th career win and his 90th at Ohio.
- Give Ohio its 554th victory in program history and 287th MAC win. 
- Give Ohio a 1-0 record to open MAC play. 
- Give Ohio a win in their MAC opener for the third-straight year. 
- GIve Ohio its fifth-straight win against Toledo and it's third-straight win against the Rockets in the Convo. 

OHIO IN MAC OPENERS 
- The Bobcats at 16-20 all-time in MAC openers.
- The Bobcats have won their last two MAC openers.
- The Bobcats have faced Toledo three times in MAC openers, winning two of those matchups. 
- The last time the Bobcats met the Rockets in the conference opener was on Jan. 6, 1993 where Toledo won the matchup, 64-58 in Athens. 

ALL TIME AGAINST TOLEDO
- Toledo leads the all-time series against Ohio, 44-24. 
- Ohio had won the last four matchups with the Rockets. 
- Last season, Ohio swept the two-game series, defeating the Rockets on Jan. 18 and Feb. 4. 

SCOUTING OHIO
- The Bobcats are currently 6-5 after defeating North Carolina A&T 72-65 on Dec. 28. 
- Leading Ohio is Amani Burke who is averaging 13.3 points per game. 
-Next is Cierra Hooks who is averaging 12.2 points per game and is averaging a team-leading 5.0 rebounds a contest. She is also leading the team in steals with 36 for the season, while also adding 27 assists.
- Burke is averaging 3.3 rebounds per game, and leads the team with 33 free-throws made.  
- Dominique Doseck is adding 9.9 points a game and is leading the team with 24 three-pointers made. 
- Taylor Agler adds 8.5 points a game and 3.3 rebounds to go along with her team-leading 50 (4.5) assists. 
- As a team, Ohio is averaging 66.6 points a game while allowing opponents to score 64.6 points a game. 
- Ohio is shooting .362 from the field, .270 from three-point range and .610 from the free throw line. 
- The Bobcats are averaging 31.4 rebounds a game, 11.8 assists per game and 2.0 blocks a game. 
- The Bobcats are turning the ball over only 12.9 times a game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 26.0 times. 
- Ohio is also averaging 15.3 steals a game. 
- The Bobcats are currently second in the nation in turnover margin, third in turnovers forced and third in steals per game.
- The Bobcats are also seventh in the nation in fewest turnovers per 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
- On Dec. 10 at Purdue, the Bobcats defeated the Boilermakers for the first time since 1982, and defeated a Big Ten team on the road for the first time since 1994. 
- The Bobcats have forced teams to turn the ball over 30-plus times four times this season, and have forced at least 20 turnovers in nine of their 11 games. 

THE LAST TIME WE SAW OHIO
- Ohio is coming off of a 72-65 victory over North Carolina A&T on Dec. 28 inside the Convo. 
- Amani Burke finished the game with 18 points, going 5-of-10 from the field, 4-of-6 from three-point range and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. Burke also had three steals.
- Cierra Hooks finished with 14 points, going 3-of-9 from the field and 8-of-11 from the free throw line. She also snagged a team-leading seven rebounds, dished out five assists and had four steals.  
- Gabby Burris had 11 points, going 4-of-6 from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point range and 1-of-2 from the free throw line.
- Taylor Agler finished the game with five assists and two steals, and Katie Barker also finished the game with four steals.
- Overall, Ohio was 21-of-61 (.344) from the field, 12-of-39 (.308) from three-point range and 18-of-26 (.692) from the free throw line.
- The Bobcats were even with the Aggies, with both teams grabbing 33 boards, however Ohio registered 17 offensive rebounds, compared to NC A&T's five.
- The Bobcats also dished out 13 assists and forced the Aggies to turn the ball over 32 times, scoring 21 points off of those turnovers. The Bobcats also registered 22 steals.
- North Carolina A&T went 25-of-41 (.610) from the field, 7-of-10 (.700) from three-point range and 8-of-16 (.500) from the free throw line. The Aggies also dished out 14 assists, had three blocks, nine steals and forced Ohio to turn the ball over 18 times.
- Leading the Aggies was Cinia McCray with 23 points.
- The Bobcat bench scored 33 points off the bench, had five second chance points and had six fast break points, while also scoring 18 points in the paint. 

IN TOLEDO'S LAST GAME
- Toledo is coming off of an 81-64 victory over Detroit-Mercy to warp up nonconference play on Dec. 21. 
- Olivia Cunningham paced four Rockets in double figures with 19 points, followed by Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott with 17. 
- Kaayla McIntyre added 14 points and the Rockets received 11 points from Mikaela Boyd. 
- As a team, Toledo shot 46.3 (31-of-67) from the field, including 30.0 percent (9-of-30) from three-point land, and 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from the charity stripe.

SCOUTING TOLEDO
- Toledo is 9-3 coming into the matchups and is coming off of an 81-64 victory over Dertoit-Mercy on Dec. 21. 
- Leading the Rockets is Kaayla McIntyre who averages 14.3 points per game. She is shooting .651 from the field and also averages 8.2 rebounds a game. 
- Next is Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott is averaging 11.7 points per game, shooting .388 from the field and .382 from three-point range. 
- Olivia Cunningham adds 9.8 points a game.
- As a team, Toledo is averaging 67.5 points per game while allowing opponents to score 63.3 points a contest. 
- The Rockets are shooting .429 from the field, .310 from three-point range and .649 from the free throw line. 
- The Rockets average 34.9 rebounds a game and dish out an average of 17.6 assists per game. 
- Toledo turns the ball over an average of 16.9 times a game and force opponents to turn the ball over 19.4 times a game. 
- Toledo also averages 8.3 steals a game and 2.6 blocks a game. 

LAST TIME AGAINST TOLEDO
- Last season the Bobcats swept the two-game series against the Rockets, winning the final meeting of the season on Feb. 4 in a 61-55 victory. 
- In that game, Ohio scored 18 points in the paint and 29 points off of turnovers.
- The Bobcats defense forced Toledo to turn the ball over 22 times. The Bobcats also dished out 11 assists.
- Yamonie Jenkins led the team in scoring with 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting. She added three assists and one rebound.
- Quiera Lampkins added 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
- Ohio shot 34 percent from the field, 26 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the line. The Bobcats also had four players in double-figures.
- For Toledo, Janice Monakana led her squad with 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field. She added five rebounds and one assist.
- Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott added 15 points, three rebounds and two assists.
- Toledo shot 35 percent from the field, 33 percent from 3-point range and 77 percent from the line.

TURNOVER MACHINES
- Despite their size, the Ohio defense has been solid for Ohio through the first seven games. 
- The Bobcats are forcing 26.0 turnovers a game, which leads the MAC and is third in the nation. 
- Ohio also averaged 15.3 steals a game, which is also leading the MAC and is third in the nation. 
- The Bobcats are also second in the nation and first in the MAC in turnover margin (+13.1) 
- Individually, Cierra Hooks (3.2) ranks third in the MAC in steals per game, Taylor Agler (2.6) is seventh.
- Nationally, Hooks (3.5) is 21st in steals per game.
- 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 nine of 11 games this season. 
- On Dec. 10 at Purdue, the Bobcats forced the Boilermakers to turn the ball over 33 times. 
- On Dec. 28 against North Carolina A&T, Ohio forced the Aggies to turn the ball over 32 times and recorded 21 steals. 
- The Bobcats have forced teams into 30-plus turnovers four times this season. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats will head back on the road for their first MAC road game of the season when they take on MAC West opponent Central Michigan on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3. 

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