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Ohio Women’s Basketball Stuns WMU, 69-54 in Kalamazoo

Ohio Women’s Basketball Stuns WMU, 69-54 in Kalamazoo

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Led by Cierra Hooks' career-high 22 points, the Ohio women's basketball team (9-7, 3-2 MAC) picked up their first Mid-American Conference road win, taking down Western Michigan (10-7, 3-2 MAC) 69-54 Saturday afternoon inside University Arena.

Along with Hooks' (Dayton, Ohio) 22, Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) added 12 points and Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) also added 12 points. Katie Barker registered a career-high six rebounds.

Ohio opened the game with the first points from a layup from Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio). After WMU tied it up a few minutes later, Ohio would retake the lead with a layup from Burke to give Ohio a 4-2 lead at the 6:07 mark

After the Burke layup, Ohio would not trail the rest of the game. The Bobcats would cap off the first quarter with a made three-pointer from Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio), putting Ohio up 11-6 after the first 10 minutes.

The Bobcats would take a seven-point lead early on in the second quarter with a layup from Hooks, giving the Bobcats a 13-6 lead. The Broncos would cut the lead to two points with 6:20 left, but a layup from Burris would give Ohio an 18-14 lead with 2:46 left in the quarter.

Ohio would wrap up the first half with Burris draining two free throws with seven seconds left, and the Bobcats would go to the locker room with a 23-17 lead.

At the half, Hooks led the Bobcats with seven points, followed by Doseck with five.

WMU would open the third quarter on a 5-0 run, cutting the Ohio lead to 23-22 with 7:25 left. Moments later, Burris would connect a layup and then would spur a 12-0 run by the Bobcats over four minutes, putting Ohio up 35-22 before the Broncos would stop the run with two made free throws.

After WMU cut the lead to nine with 2:14 left, the Bobcats would go on an 8-0 run, capped off by a three-pointer from Hooks at the buzzer to give the Bobcats a 47-30 lead at the end of the period.

The Bobcats would open the fourth quarter up with a made three from Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio). Burke would then hit two free throws to give Ohio a 52-30 lead at the 8:45 mark.

With 6:03 left, WMU would cut the lead to 16 points. However, a made three from Burris with three minutes left gave Ohio a 64-45 lead.

Western Michigan would only be able to cut the lead to 13 points with 41 seconds left, but Doseck would cap the game off with a layup with five seconds left, giving Ohio the 69-54 victory in Kalamazoo.

Hooks led all scorers with a career-high 22-points. Hooks went 7-of-9 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She also had six rebounds and two assists.

Burris added 12 points, going 4-of-8 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.

Burke contributed 12 points, going 5-of-10 from the field, 2-of-2 from the free throw line and added six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Barker grabbed a career-high six rebounds.

As a team, Ohio was 25-of-52 (.481) from the field, 7-of-21 (.333) from three-point range and 12-of-16 (.750) from the free throw line.

Ohio out rebounded WMU, 34-25. Ohio also dished out 10 assists and had seven steals. Ohio also forced WMU to turn the ball over 17 times and scored 15 points off of them.

Ohio also scored 36 points in the paint, 11 second chance points and had 37 bench points.

Leading WMU was Deja Wimby with 11 points, followed by Breanna Mobley with 10.

The Broncos went 21-of-49 (.429) from the field, 3-of-13 (.231) from three-point range and 9-of-16 (.563) from the free throw line.

WMU dished out 15 assists, had six blocks and had 11 steals and forced Ohio to turn the ball over 19 times, scoring 15 points off of them.

The win was Ohio's 31st all-time against WMU.

The win was head coach Bob Boldon's 191st career win and his 92nd at Ohio.

The win was Ohio's third-straight against WMU and their first in Kalamazoo since Jan. 28, 2012.

The win was Ohio 556th overall victory and their 289th MAC victory.

The win handed WMU their first loss at home this season.

"I'm really happy, the team and staff knew the task at hand. We knew that our most recent loss was the byproduct of poor rebounding and we knew that we had to get that fixed. Saying it is my job, doing it is their job, and I have to give the girls a lot of credit for doing it." – Head coach Bob Boldon

"I thought our tempo was better in the third quarter. Western did a great job in taking us out of stuff and we looked really sloppy. The game was really choppy for most of the game, minus that stretch in the third quarter where we got to moving a little bit." – Head coach Bob Boldon

The Bobcats will return to Athens on Wednesday, Jan. 17 when they host MAC East for Buffalo. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3.


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