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Ohio Women's Basketball Hits the Road to Face NIU

Ohio Women's Basketball Hits the Road to Face NIU

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OHIO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 17
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2019
7 p.m. ET | Ohio at Northern Illinois | NIU Convocation Center | Dekalb, Illinois | Game Notes | Live Audio | | Live Video | Live Stats

DEKALB, Ill. – After two home wins over Kent State and Eastern Michigan, the Ohio Women's Basketball team (15-1, 4-1 MAC) will hit the road to continue Mid-American Conference play at Northern Illinois (11-6, 3-2 MAC) on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT at NIU's Convocation Center.

Wednesday's MAC showdown can be watched on ESPN+. Jake Hromada will be on the radio call live on WOUB-AM 1340 and OhioBobcats.com.

SERIES HISTORY AND LAST TIME OUT

This is the 38th all-time series between the two programs, with Ohio winning the last meeting, 77-75.

Last time out against NIU, Katie Barker had a career-high 24 points, while Cece Hooks had the game-winning layup after a steal. Hooks had 16 points in the win while Dominique Doseck had 16 and Taylor Agler had a double-double with 14 points and 12 assists.

SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS

Northern Illinois is 11-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference, with MAC wins over Akron, Bowling Green and Miami.

NIU's offense is averaging 80.2 points per game, which is No. 19 in the nation, second-best in the conference behind Ohio. NIU is allowing 72.5 points per game.

NIU is led by Mikayla Voight, who is averaging 20.5 points per game. Gabby Nikitinaite is averaging 13.4 points per game.

KNOCKING DOWN THREES AGAINST EMU

Ohio knocked down 14 three pointers in Ohio's 85-44 win over Eastern Michigan.

Ohio shot 50 percent (30-of-60) from the field and 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from three-point range while limiting Eastern Michigan to just 27.4 percent shooting (17-of-62). The Eagles shot only 20 percent (5-of-25) from beyond the arc.

Dominique Doseck finished the contest shooting 7-of-12 from the floor and 6-of-10 from three for 21 points. She also recorded a season-high five steals.

The 44 points the Bobcats held the Eagles to represented the lowest scoring output by a Mid-American Conference opponent since Ohio topped Miami, 72-44, on Feb. 17, 2016.

12-GAME WIN STREAK

Before the loss to Central Michigan, Ohio started the year 12-0. Ohio had never started the season with 12-straight wins, and the Bobcats tied the longest winning streak in the Bob Boldon era.

MID-MAJOR POLLS

Ohio is ranked in both the ESPN Mid-Major Poll and the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. Ohio is ranked No. 3 in the ESPNW poll and No. 7 in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll.

TOP-10 TURNOVER MARGIN

Ohio's turnover margin of +7.06 is ninth in the nation and the highest in the Mid-American Conference. Lamar is the nation's leader at 10.81.

FILLING IT UP

Ohio has one of the nations top offenses this season. The Bobcats rank No. 5 in the nation and lead the MAC in scoring offense at 83.6. Ohio's field goal percentage of 46.7 is No. 15 in the nation and No. 2 in the league and Ohio is making 10.3 three pointers per game, good for No. 6 in the nation.

FOURTH-HIGHEST GUARD FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN THE NATION

While Cece Hooks is No. 41 in the nation in field goal percentage, her 54.8 (103-of-188) percent mark is the fourth highest in the country by a guard.

SCORING MARGIN

Ohio is No. 15 in the nation in scoring Margin at +18.9 this season. Mississippi State is the nation's leader at 34.2.

HOOKS IS SWIPING IT

Cece Hooks is No. 6 in the nation in steals per game at 3.88. She's had at least two swipes in every game and posted a season-best seven steals in Ohio's win over American in just 14 minutes of play.

CLOSE ONE AGAINST KENT STATE

Ohio picked up a 83-81 over Kent State on Wednesday behind a game-high 23 points from Cece Hooks. Hooks was 7-of-11 from the field and 8-of-12 from the free-throw line for her 23 points while chipping in four assists and a team-high three steals in 29 minutes. Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson added 16 points by going 5-of-10 from the field. She dished out three assists while adding six rebounds in 34 minutes. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) followed closely behind with 15 points by going 5-of-10 from the field and added four rebounds, three assists and a game-high two blocks in 36 minutes of work. Senior guard Dominique Doseck added 14 points by going 4-of-6 from the field including 3-of-5 from behind the arc. She added a game-high five assists, a block and a steal in her 34 minutes of play. Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) was just short of a double-double with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds for Ohio in 39 minutes of play. Freshman forward Deesh Beck contributed eight rebounds for the Bobcats in 14 minutes of action.

BACK ON TRACK AT BALL STATE

Redshirt freshman Erica Johnson had a career-high 24 points and nine assists as the Bobcats got back on track and took down Ball State, 90-75. Johnson was 8-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from deep in teh win.

Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) posted 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting with one made free throw. Hooks picked up three steals, five rebounds and one assist in the win. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) also had double-digit points after going 4-of-10 from the floor with 10 points. Burke also produced six boards and four helpers with 33 minutes.

HOOKS EARNS MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK WHILE OHIO BEATS BUFFALO

Behind junior guard Amani Burke's (Columbus, Ohio) first career double-double and 21 points from sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), the Ohio Women's Basketball team (12-0, 1-0 MAC) earned a come-from-behind overtime win over Buffalo (8-4, 0-1 MAC), 74-71, on Saturday afternoon inside Alumni Arena.

Hooks had 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting and was 3-of-7 from the free throw line in Ohio's 74-71 overtime win against Buffalo to open conference play. Hooks had seven steals for the second-straight game and also posted four rebounds and four assists.

Hooks is the fifth Bobcat to be named MAC East Player of the Week this season. She is joined by senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) redshirt freshman Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio), sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio).

DOSECK EARNS MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK AS OHIO WRAPS UP NONCONFERENCE SEASON PERFECT

Senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday (Jan. 1).

Doseck tied her career high with 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Ohio's 77-67 win over American on Saturday. She was 5-of-8 from the three-point line and had 20 points in the first half alone. Doseck added three assists and four rebounds in the victory over the Eagles.

Doseck earned weekly conference honors for the second time in her career and the first time this season. Doseck is the fourth Bobcat to be named MAC East Player of the Week, joining redshirt freshman Erica Johnson, sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio).

Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) had her second double-double of the season. Burris played all 40 minutes in the win, posting 19 points and 10 rebounds, which tied her season best. Burris added three assists to her 8-of-18 shooting, where two of her makes were from the three point line.

109 POINTS!

Ohio hit the 100 mark for the second time this season as the Bobcats took down Richmond, 109-58 to improve to 10-0.

Ohio's 109 points was the fifth highest point total in program history and the highest since 2014. Ohio had only scored 100 points twice in one season in 1991, when the Bobcats scored 111 against Hofstra and 110 against Kent State. The Bobcats scored 100 points against Eastern Kentucky earlier this season.

The Bobcats were led by junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) and sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio), who each had 24 points. Burke's 24 on 7-of-10 shooting and 4-of-5 from deep was her career high, while Burris was just one off her career best of 25 which she set against Lamar earlier this season. Burris went 8-of-14 from the field and had a career high six threes. Burke added six rebounds and two assists and had a +/- of 42, while Burris was also +/- of 42 with three rebounds.

JOHNSON EARNS MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK AS OHIO MATCHES BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY

Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson earned her first MAC East Division Player of the Week award as Ohio defeated IUPUI, 73-66 and moved to 9-0. Ohio also started the season 9-0 in 1985-86.

Johnson put up a career-best 22 points in her a career-high 35 minutes on the floor. The Mansfield, Ohio native shot 58. 3 percent (7-of-12) from the floor and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. She also added seven rebounds – including three offensive boards – and six assists in the win. Johnson is averaging 11.6 points per game this season, 4.7 helpers per game and five rebounds per game.