ATHENS, Ohio – Down five with 30 seconds left in regulation, Katie Barker would hit a three and Gabby Burris would tie the game up with a layup, sending the game into overtime. Then, down three with a minute left in overtime, Burris would tie the game up with a three and Taylor Agler would register the game winning layup with one second left to give the Bobcats (8-6, 2-1 MAC) the 70-67 victory over Mid-American Conference East foe Akron (6-8, 0-3 MAC) Saturday afternoon inside the Convocation Center.
Leading the Bobcats was Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) with 19 points, followed by Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) with 17 points and Agler (Westerville, Ohio) with 16 points and nine rebounds.
HOW WE GOT HERE
Akron would get the first basket of the game before Agler would hit a layup to tie it up early. Then after Agler would tie the game up at 4-4 with 7:11 left in the quarter, Akron would take a 9-4 lead before Agler would cut the lead to 11-9 with 3:20 left.
After Akron went up give, the Bobcats would go on a 6-0 run to take a 15-14 lead after a layup and a free throw from Burke. However, Akron would hit a jumper with 14 seconds left to end the first quarter with the Zips leading 15-14.
Akron would start the second quarter with a layup to take a three-point lead before Burke registered her own layup to make the score 18-17 with 8:40 left in the quarter. However, Akron would at one point take a nine-point lead with 2:58 left in the quarter before Burke would hit a jumper to send the game to the half with the Bobcats trailing 27-20.
At the half, Burke led the Bobcats with seven points, followed by Agler with six.
Akron would open the third quarter on a 6-0 run before Burke hit two free throws to cut the lead to 33-22 with 8:23 left. With 6:12 left, Burke would drain a three to start a 9-2 run to help the Bobcats cut the Akron lead to 39-32 with 4:55 left in the quarter.
After Akron would take a nine-point advantage with 3:37 left in the quarter, Ohio would then put together a 10-0 run starting with a layup from Cierra Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), giving Ohio a 42-42 lead at the end of the quarter.
Burris would register the first basket of the fourth quarter to give Ohio a three-point advantage.
However, Akron would go on a 10-0 run of their own to take a 51-45 lead with 4:54 left in the game. The Akron run was broken up by a layup from Burke and then followed up by a layup from Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) to cut the Zips lead to two.
Moments later Burke would drain a three-pointer to put the Bobcats up 52-52 with 3:03 left in the game.
Then with 30 seconds left, Akron would hold a five-point advantage before Barker (Cary, Ill.) would drain her first three-pointer of the game to cut the lead to two. Then with 18 seconds left, Burke would miss a three, however Burris would be there to grab the offensive board and put the basket in to tie the game at 59-59 and sending the game into overtime.
Akron would again open the period on a 5-0 run to put the Zips up 64-59 with 4:08 left in overtime. However, Ohio wouldn't quit and after a layup and a free throw from Burris, Ohio would trail 64-62 with 2:03 left.
After an Akron three would give the Zips a 67-62 lead, the Bobcats would hold pat and after a layup from Agler brought the game within two points, Burris would prove clutch again, draining the corner three to tie the game at 67-67 with 42 seconds left.
Then with 17 seconds and Akron with the ball, Burke would steal the ball and take it down the court before Akron would foul her with five seconds left. The Bobcats would then take ball on the inbound and with it in Agler's hand she would drive to the basket and connect on the layup where she would be fouled with one second left. Agler would then hit the free throw, giving Akron the ball on their end of the court with a second left.
Then on the Akron inbound, Burris would once again be in the play, stealing the ball and then sealing the 70-67 victory for the Bobcats.
Burke led Ohio with a season-high 19 points, going 7-of-19 from the field, 2-of-8 from three-point range and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Burke also grabbed six rebounds and a career-high six steals.
Burris tied her career-high with 17 points, going 7-of-13 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and grabbing eight rebounds and had one block and three steals.
Agler recorded 16 points, going 7-of-14 from the field, including the game-winning layup. She also had a career-high nine rebounds and had six assists and one steal.
Hooks added 12 points for Ohio, going 3-of-9 from the field and 6-of-10 from the free throw line. She also has seven rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal.
As a team, Ohio shot 26-of-73 (.356) from the field, 5-of-34 (.147) from three-point range and 13-of-22 (.591) from the free throw line.
The Bobcats out rebounded Akron 46-44 and has 18 offensive rebounds compared to Akron's 11.
The Bobcats forced Akron to turn the ball over 30 times and scored 27 points off of those turnovers.
The Bobcats also dished out seven assists, had three blocks and 13 steals.
The Bobcats scored 42 points in the paint, 12 seconds chance points, and 29 bench points.
Leading Akron was Shayna Harmon with 19 points, followed by Caitlin Vari with 12.
Akron was 28-of-64 (.438) from the field, 5-of-12 (.417) from three-point range and 6-of-11 (.545) from the free throw line.
Akron dished out 15 assists, has five blocks, seven steals and forced Ohio into 22 turnovers, scoring 17 points off of those turnovers.
The Bobcats are now41-18 all time against Akron and have now won seven-straight against the Zips. It is also the fourth-straight win against Akron inside the Convo.
The victory was the 555th in program history and the 288th MAC win.
The win was head coach Bob Boldon's 190th career victory and 91st at Ohio.
The Bobcats Have now forced opponents to turn the ball over 30-plus times four times this season and have forced at least 20 turnovers in 10 of 14 games.
"I love that we won the game and I love the we have things to work on tomorrow in practice. We showed a lot of toughness. It's one thing to come back when you're scoring and they're scoring, you're at least getting buckets. When you're not scoring and they're not really scoring a lot, but when you're not scoring that seems to effect kids more." – Head coach Bob Boldon
"After the Central Michigan game, we talked about how our shots haven't fallen during games, so we can't be surprised when they don't, but it's all about how hard we play and we can beat a lot of teams just on our effort." – Taylor Agler
"I've never hit a game-winner before, so, it was pretty anti-climactic. I thought it was going to be a lot more exciting than it was. When you watch game-winners you get really excited, but when you're the one, it's not as exciting I think." – Taylor Agler
The Bobcats return to the road to start a two-game road trip starting Wednesday, Jan. 10 when Ohio goes to Toledo, Ohio to face off against Toledo for the second time in 11 days. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Savage Arena and can be seen on ESPN3.