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No. 5 Ohio Women’s Basketball Opens MAC Tournament Against No. 12 Akron on Monday

No. 5 Ohio Women’s Basketball Opens MAC Tournament Against No. 12 Akron on Monday

Athens, Ohio -- The Ohio women's basketball team (15-14) beings the 2018 Mid-American Conference tournament on Monday, March 5 when the fifth-seeded Bobcats take on the 12th-seeded Akron Zips (9-20). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3 where Marty Bannister and Toni Roesch will have the call.  If you can't catch it there, Jake Hromada and Gabe Genovesi will have you covered on WOUB-AM 1340. 

MONDAY'S MATCHUP
March 5, 2018 |Akron Zips (9-20) vs. Ohio Bobcats (15-14) | 7 p.m. ET | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center | Gametracker |Watch ESPN | Listen Live Ohio Game Notes | Akron Game Notes    
 

ALL TIME AT THE MAC TOURNAMENT
- This is the 49th Mid-American Conference game the Bobcats will take part in.
- The Bobcats are 19-29 all-time in MAC Tournament games.
- Ohio is entering the tournament as the number five seed.
- Ohio is 5-16 in MAC Tournament quarter final games.
- The Bobcats are 3-5 overall in MAC Tournament semifinal games.
- The Bobcats are 2-1 in MAC Tournament Championship games.

LAST TIME AT THE MAC TOURNAMENT
- Last season the Bobcats entered the MAC Tournament as the fifth seed, defeating EMU in the first round, but falling to Northern Illinois in the quarter finals. 

ALL TIME AGAINST AKRON IN THE MAC TOURNAMENT
- The Bobcats are 1-0 all-time against Akron in a MAC Tournament game. 
- The Bobcats' and Zips' only tournament meeting was March 10, 1995 when Ohio won, 76-51.  

A WIN AGAINST AKRON WOULD...
- Advance Ohio to the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament for the third-straight year. 
- Give Ohio their second all-time win against the Zips in the MAC Tournament. 
- Be the second-straight first round game that the Bobcats have won. 
- Give Ohio their 42nd all-time win against Akron.
- Give head coach Bob Boldon his 197th career win and his 100th at Ohio.
- Give Ohio its 563rd victory in program history. 
- Move the Bobcats to 16-14.
- Give Ohio 16 wins in a season for the fourth-straight year and the fourth time under Boldon. 
- It would be the 10th time in program history that Ohio has had at least 16 wins in a season. 
- Give Ohio its second win over Akron this season.

ALL TIME AGAINST AKRON
- Ohio leads the all-time series against the Zips, 41-19
- The Bobcats defeated Akron earlier in this season on Jan. 6 at home, 70-67 in overtime.    
- Ohio fell to Akron just two days ago, 62-59 in Akron on March 3.  

SCOUTING OHIO
- The Bobcats are currently 15-14 overall and finished conference play 9-9 in the MAC after falling to Akron on March 3.  
- Leading Ohio is Cierra Hooks with 13.8 points per game. She is also averaging 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. 
- Amani Burke is averaging 12.8 points per game and is averaging of 3.8 rebounds. 
- Gabby Burris is slowly climbing her way up the points ladder, averaging 10.0 points per game and 11.2 points per game since MAC play began. 
- Dominique Doseck is adding 9.6 points a game and has the team lead with 58 three-pointers made.  
- Taylor Agler adds 7.8 points a game and 4.0 rebounds to go along with her team-leading 142 (4.9) assists. 
- As a team, Ohio is averaging 67 points a game while allowing opponents to score 66.7 points a game. 
- Ohio is shooting .378 from the field, .283 from three-point range and .635 from the free throw line. 
- The Bobcats are averaging 33.4 rebounds a game, 11.3 assists per game and 2.0 blocks a game. 
- The Bobcats are turning the ball over only 14.7 times a game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 22.1 times. 
- Ohio is also averaging 12.0 steals a game. 
- The Bobcats currently registers 347 steals, which is second all-time in program history. The current record set in 2004-05 is 350. 
- The Bobcats are currently fifth in the nation in turnover margin, eighth in turnovers forced, eighth in steals per game, and 10th in total steals.
- 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 five times this season, and have forced at least 20 turnovers in 19 of their 29 games. 
- On Dec. 31, Doseck scored a career-high 27 points against Toledo. It was the first time all season that a Bobcat scored 20 or more points. 
- Doseck was named MAC East Player of the Week on Jan. 2 for her performance the week of Dec. 25. 
- On Jan. 13, Cierra Hooks scored a career-high 22 points in a win at Western Michigan. She was the second Bobcat this season to score 20-plus points in a game. Hooks scored 15 of her 22 points in the third quarter. 
- Hooks added another 20-point game on Jan. 20 at Bowling Green, scoring 20 points and going 10-of-12 from the free throw line. 
- Katie Barker recorded a career game in Jan. 24 against NIU when she scored 24 points and hit a career-high eight three pointers. 
- In the same game on Jan. 24, Ohio drained 15 three-pointers, a season high for the Bobcats. 
- Also against NIU, Hooks recorded her second game-winning steal and layup as time expired of the season. The first time coming on Nov. 22 at Marshall. 
- On Feb. 3, Hooks and Burris made their first career starts as Bobcats. 
- Hooks set a new career-high with 28 points on Feb. 3 against Ball State. She also registered a career-high 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. 
- Hooks was named MAC East POW on Feb. 6 for her performance against Ball State. 
- Hooks created a new career-high on Feb. 7 against CMU, scoring 30 points. 
- Hooks is the second-highest scoring freshman in program history, trailing only Caroline Mast (488). 
- Hooks was named the MAC East POW for the second-straight week on Feb. 13 for her performance the week prior. 
- Hannah Thome set a career-high nine points and a career-high three made three-pointers on Feb. 14 at EMU. 
- Hooks currently has 97 steals this season, which is the most in a single season. 
- Hooks became the single-season steals leader in Ohio history on Feb. 21 against Kent State. 
- Agler currently has 142 assists this season, which is eighth all-time in a single season. 
- On March 3, Agler registered her first career double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds. 

THE LAST TIME WE SAW OHIO/AKRON'S LAST GAME/LAST TIME WE SAW AKRON
- Ohio and Akron faced off in the final game of the regular season, falling to Akron 62-59 in Akron. 
- Taylor Agler finished the day with 16 points, going 6-of-12 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 2-of-4 from the free throw line. She also grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, and dished out four assists and had two steals.
- Gabby Burris finished with 13 points, going 5-of-19 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She also grabbed five rebounds and had one block.
- Dominique Doseck added 10 points, going 3-of-6 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She also grabbed five rebounds.
- Amani Burke wrapped up the day with nine points.
- As a team, Ohio went 21-of-65 (.323) from the field, 6-of-32 (.188) from three-point range and 11-of-18 (.611) from the free throw line.
- The Bobcats grabbed 45 rebounds, dished out eight assists, had one block and four steals.
- Ohio forced Akron to turn the ball over 14 times and scored nine points off of them.
- Ohio scored 30 points in the paint, 13 second chance points and six bench points.
- For Akron, Shaunay Edmonds scored 19 points, while Haliegh Reinoehl grabbed 12 rebounds.
- Akron shot .313 from the field, .200 from three-point range and .824 from the free throw line.
- Akron grabbed 48 rebounds, dished out 11 assists, had five blocks and four steals and forced the Bobcats into 11 turnovers and scored seven points off of them.
- Akron scored 22 points in the paint and had 24 bench points.

SCOUTING AKRON 
- Akron is currently 9-20 overall. 
- Leading the Zips is Megan Sefcik with 11.5 points per game. 
- Next is Shaunay Edmonds who is averaging 11.3 points per game and is shooting .346 from the field. 
- As a team, Akron is averaging 64.5 points per game, while opponents are scoring 68.6 points a game. 
- The Zips are shooting .377 from the field, .300 from three-point range and .698 from the free throw line. 
- Akron is averaging 38.4 rebounds a game, 12.9 assists and 7.7 steals. 
- Akron is turning the ball over an average of 16.7 times a game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 16.5 times a game. 

TURNOVER MACHINES
- Despite their size, the Ohio defense has been solid for Ohio through 29 games. 
- The Bobcats are forcing 22.1 turnovers a game, which leads the MAC and is eighth in the nation. 
- Ohio also averaged 12.0 steals a game, which is first in the MAC and is eighth in the nation. 
- The Bobcats are also fifth in the nation and first in the MAC in turnover margin (+7.5) 
- Individually, Cierra Hooks (3.5) ranks first in the MAC in steals per game.
- Nationally, Hooks (3.5) is ninth 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 18 of 29 games this season. 24
-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 five times this season. 

WHAT FRESHMAN JITTERS?
- Freshmen Cierra Hooks and Gabby Burris have come on strong for the Bobcats since the start of MAC play. 
- Overall, Hooks is leading the Bobcats, averaging 13.8 per game, but 14.8 points a game since MAC play began. 
- Hooks has also had four 20-point games.
- Hooks also leads the team in rebounds (4.8) and steals (3.5). 
- Hooks as also registered two game-winning steals and layups as time expired for the Bobcats this season (Nov. 22 v.s Marshall; Jan. 24 vs. NIU)
- Burris is averaging 10.0 points overall, but is scoring an average of 11.2 since the start of conference play. 
- In conference, Burris is averaging 27.7 minutes on the court and averaging 5.2 rebounds a game. 
- Both Burris and Hooks made their first career-start against Ball State on Feb. 3. 
- Hooks recorded 28 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. 
- Hooks recorded a career-high 30 points on Feb. 7 against CMU. 
- Burris recorded a career-high 19 points and tied her career-high with eight rebounds. 
- Hooks was named MAC East POW on Feb. 6 for her performance against Ball State. 
- Hooks is the second-highest scoring freshman in program history behind Caroline Mast (488). 
- Hooks was named MAC East POW for the second-straight week for her performance the week of Feb. 5. 
- Hooks currently had 97 steals this season, places her first all-time for steals in a single season. 
- Hooks became the single-season steals leader in Ohio history on Feb. 21 against Kent State. 

MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- On Jan. 2 Dominique Doseck was named the MAC East Player of the Week for her performance the week of Dec. 25. It was the first time in her career that Doseck had earned the honor. 
- Cierra Hooks was named MAC East POW on Feb. 6 for her performance against Ball State. It's the first time she has earned the honor. 
- Hooks was named MAC East POW for the second-straight week for her performance the week of Feb. 5. 

UP NEXT
With an Ohio win, the bobcats will move on to Cleveland, Ohio for the MAC Tournament Quarter Finals where Ohio will take on #4 Miami on Wednesday, March 8 inside Quicken Loans Arena. 

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