YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Ohio women's basketball team (13-11, 7-6 MAC) was unable to overcome a 30-point fourth quarter from Mid-American Conference West foe Eastern Michigan (10-14, 6-7 MAC), falling to the Eagles, 73-58, Wednesday evening on the road inside the Convocation Center.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
The Bobcats opened up the game one fire, draining their first two three-pointers from Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.) and Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio). The Bobcats would then go on a 9-0 run thanks to a three-pointer and a layup from Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio), giving the Bobcats a 15-6 lead with 5:09 left in the first quarter.
With 3:39 left, a three from Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) would give Ohio a 20-10 lead. The Eagles would then cut the lead to six with 2:51 left before the Bobcats would go up 23-14 with three seconds left. Eastern Michigan would hit a mid-court shot as time expired to make the score 23-17 at the end of the first.
The Eagles opened the second quarter on a 6-1 run to make the score 24-23 with 3:38 left in the quarter. A three pointer from Hannah Thome (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) gave the Bobcats a four-point lead before EMU tied the game up at 27-27 to go into half time.
Ohio opened the third quarter two four-straight points from Cierra Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) to take a 31-27 lead with 8:34 left in the quarter. Staring with a three from Barker, Ohio would then go on an 8-0 run that ended with another three from Thome to put the Bobcats up 39-30 with 6:09 left.
The Eagles would cut the Ohio lead to 43-41 with 1:41 left in the quarter before Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) hit two free throws to put the Bobcats up four. With two seconds left, Burris would hit two free throws of her own to give Ohio a 47-43 lead at the end of the third.
Ohio would go up 49-44 in the opening minute of the quarter on a layup from Hooks. EMU would then go on an 8-0 run to take their first lead of the game, going up 53-49. A three-pointer from Burke would cut the lead to one with 6:00 left in the game, however, the Bobcats would be unable to get retake the lead and would fall by the final of 73-58.
Hooks led the Bobcats with 15 points, going 6-of-10 from the field, 3-of-8 from the free throw line, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and had one block.
Burris scored 10 points, going 3-of-9 from the field, 1-of-5 from three, 3-of-4 from the free throw line and grabbed five rebounds.
Thome added a career-high nine points by draining a career-high three made three pointers.
Burke added eight points, Jessing added a team-leading six rebounds, while Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) dished out a team-leading five assists.
As a team, Ohio shot .357 (20-of-56) from the field, .281 (9-of-32) from beyond the arc and .563 (9-of-16) from the free throw line.
The Bobcats dished out 12 assists, had five blocks and three steals. The Bobcats forced EMU to turn the ball over 10 times and only scored two points off of them.
The Bobcats scored 20 points in the paint and had 20 bench points.
For EMU, Danielle Minott scored 24 points and had nine rebounds, followed by Sasha Dailey with 19 points and Courtnie Lewis with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
As a team, EMU shots .452 from the field, .235 from three-point range and 13-of-20 from the free throw line.
They dished out 10 assists, had two blocks, nine steals and forced Ohio to turn the ball over 17 times and scored 17 points off of them.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak against the Eagles.
With her now 345 points this season, Hooks is now the second-highest scoring freshman in program history (Caroline Mast – 488).
The last time Ohio lost at EMU was Feb. 9, 2013.
"EMU picked up their intensity in the second quarter and we didn't handle it very well. We didn't have good shot selections and turned the ball over, just kind of things you'd expect from the type of team we are. We're still learning and we're trying to figure some things out. We had some ups and downs. It just quite wasn't good enough. – head coach Bob Boldon
"In that fourth quarter, they hit big shots. I thought we gave them a couple easy ones, but the last shot they made was ridiculous, we had two girls on their shooter. Sometimes that's the way it goes, good players make good plays. We'll have to move on from there." - head coach Bob Boldon
Following this game, the Bobcats head back to Athens on Saturday, Feb. 17 to take on Bowling Green. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3.