ATHENS, Ohio – Led by a career-high 27 points from Dominique Doseck, the Ohio women's basketball team (7-5, 1-0 MAC) closed out 2017 with a 78-61 victory over Toledo (9-4, 0-1 MAC) in their Mid-American Conference opener Sunday afternoon inside the Convocation Center.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Toledo opened the game on a 9-2 run that spanned over the first five minutes of the game before Doseck (Athens, Ohio) hit her first three of the game with 3:44 left in the quarter. A few moments later, Agler would tie the game at 9-9 after hitting two free throws with 1:59 left in the quarter.
After Toledo would take a 11-9 lead, Burke would also hit her two free throws to tie the game at 11, however Toledo would hit two free throws of their own with 46 seconds left to end the first quarter with a 13-11 lead.
Seconds into the third quarter, Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) would tie the game at 13-13 with a layup. The Bobcats would take their first lead of the game with 8:02 to go in the quarter when Agler registered a layup, giving the Bobcats a 17-16 lead. Three minutes later, another layup from Burris would give the Bobcats a 23-18 lead before Toledo would tie the game up at 23-23 with 4:44 to go.
Seconds later, Toledo would hit a three to give the Rockets a 26-23 lead, however two free throws from Burris and another three-pointer from Doseck, the Bobcats would retake the lead with 1:55 left in the quarter. The rest of the quarter would be a battler, but with the game tied as time expired, Alexis Stover (Solon, Ohio) would drive and would be fouled on the basket, making the free throw and sending Ohio into the half with a 35-32 lead.
At the half, Doseck led Ohio with 10 points, followed by Agler with nine.
The Ohio offense came alive in the third quarter, opening the period with an 8-0 run, giving Ohio a 43-32 lead with 8:19 left in the quarter. The lead would be extended to 14 with the help of free throws from Burke and a layup from Hooks before Toledo would cut the lead back to eight with 4:22 left.
Ohio would then go on an 11-0 run, taking a 58-39 lead with 2:22 left in the third quarter. With 35 seconds to go, Doseck would drain another three, putting Ohio up 64-54 before Toledo would hit two free throws to end the period with Ohio leading 64-47.
By the end of the quarter, Ohio would have scored 29 points and help Toledo to 15, while Doseck scored 11 points in the quarter herself.
In the fourth quarter, Toledo would cut the Ohio lead to 12 with 7:46 left in the quarter before Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.) would drain a three to give Ohio a 67-52 lead.
With 3:38 left in the game, Toledo would cut the Ohio lead to 10 after the Rockets hit two more free throws. However, just as she had done all day, Doseck would drain her fifth three-pointer of the game, giving Ohio the 71-58 lead with 3:04 remaining.
Toledo would be unable to get the Bobcat lead under double digits and Ohio would come away with the commanding 78-61 win.
Doseck led with 27 points, going 9-of-12 from the field, 5-of-7 from three-point range and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. She also registered five rebounds. Along with a career-high in points, Doseck also registered a career-high in threes made with five.
Hooks added 12 points, going 4-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. She also had three rebounds and three steals. Agler added 11 points, going 3-of-11 from the field, 5-of-5 from the free throw line and had a team-leading three assists.
Burris added a team-high eight rebounds for the Bobcats.
As a team, Ohio was 22-of-52 (.423) from the field, 7-of-22 (.318) from three-point range and 27-of32 (.844) from the free throw line.
For the second-straight game, the Bobcats tied their opponent in rebounding with 37.
Ohio forced Toledo to turn the ball over 19 times and scored 22 points off the turnovers. Ohio also registered 30 points in the paint, 12 second chance points and 25 bench points.
Ohio also had nine steals, seven assists and two blocks.
For Toledo, the Rockets were led by Mikaela Boyd with 20 points and 10 rebounds, going 4-of-11 from the field and 12-of-13 from the free throw line.
As a team, Toledo was 16-of-57 (.281) from the field, 4-of-22 (.182) from three-point range and 25-of-30 (.833) from the free throw line.
Ohio is now 25-44 all-time against Toledo, and has won their fifth-straight win over the Rockets. It is also their third-straight win over the Rockets in the Convo.
The victory is the 554th all-time in program history and the 287th MAC win.
The victory was head coach Bob Boldon's 189th career victory and his 90th at Ohio,
The Bobcats have won their MAC opener for the third-straight year.
"Shots going in make you look a lot better. I thought defensively we did a pretty good job of making it tough for Toledo to score. We didn't get the turnovers I wish we would have. We were able to disrupt what Toledo wanted to do, I thought we forced them into some tough situations. I thought our kids really battled on the boards even though we got off to a slow start. I don't know if we've ever kept up with Toledo in rebounding the way we did in all the time I've been here." –Head Coach Bob Boldon
"Dom's put in an incredible amount of work in all phases of her game, especially the shooting over the last month. She's been frustrated with the results and instead of pouting, she's been in the gym trying to do something about it. I really enjoy seeing that work out for a player, put in the work when no one's watching and seeing it pay off for them." – Head Coach Bob Boldon
The Bobcats will hit the road for a trip to Mount Pleasant, Mich. to take on Central Michigan on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.