BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – After redshirt freshman guard Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) and sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) each scored 22 points, the Ohio Women's Basketball team (17-1, 6-1 MAC) picked up its fifth-straight Mid-American Conference win at Bowling Green (7-11, 0-7 MAC), 82-79 on Saturday afternoon.
"I'm certainly happy we got a win," head coach Bob Boldon said. "It was good to see some adversity and good to see us pull through that adversity. I've said this before, we're still a pretty young team. Erica (Johnson) and Cece (Hooks) are a freshman and sophomore. Deesh (Beck) and Kaylee (Bambule) played some valuable minutes down the stretch so that's two other freshmen that got good, valuable minutes in a tight, contested game on the road. That's all valuable."
Johnson and Hooks each had 22 points in the win, one off the game-high of 23 from Sydney Lambert. Hooks was one rebound short of a double-double after adding nine rebounds to her 22 points. Hooks contributed seven assists and three steals while going +5.
Johnson was 50.0 percent from both the field and the three-point line, going 6-of-12 and 4-of-8, respectively. Johnson was 6-of-8 from the free throw line and knocked down a pair of free throws late in the game to go up three with five seconds left. The Mansfield, Ohio native added five steals, five rebounds and four assists in the win.
Senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) added 15 points after going 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from the three-point line and 5-of-10 (50.0 percent) from the field. Doseck pulled in four rebounds, had two swipes and two helpers.
Senior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerston, Ohio) added nine points on 4-of-9 shooting while grabbing four rebounds. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) had seven points and five rebounds, while freshman forward Deesh Beck (Grand Rapids, Michigan) knocked down two free throws and a layup for four points. Redshirt freshman guard Kaylee Bambule (Plainfield, Ill.) hit one three for three points while adding two rebounds.
As a team, Ohio shot 40.8 percent (29-of-71) as a team and 36.1 percent (13-of-36) from the three point line. The Bobcats were 44.0 percent (11-of-25) from the free throw line. Ohio outscored BGSU 32-20 in points in the paint and the Bobcats had 23 points off of turnovers.
Ohio outscored 21-19 in the first quarter that saw neither team able to pull away. The Bobcats were 8-of-19 (42.1 percent) from the field and were led by Johnson who put up seven points and two steals. Bowling Green made the same amount of shots as Ohio in the first quarter but was 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) from the three-point line compared to the Bobcats' 4-of-14 (28.6 percent).
Ohio was able to jump out to a 48-32 lead with the Bobcats best quarter of the game. Ohio outscored BGSU 27-13 and went 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) from the field while knocking down five threes. Ohio's largest lead of 21 came in the second quarter but BGSU was able to knock the lead down before the break. Bowling Green was able to get the Ohio lead to one but the Bobcats answered with an 11 point run to go up 34-22. The Bobcats held BG to just 27.8 percent (5-of-18) shooting. Hooks had a quarter-high 10 points while missing just one shot. Doseck knocked down three from deep for nine points.
Bowling Green chipped away at the Ohio lead in the third quarter. The Falcons got the Bobcat advantage down to five late in the frame but a Johnson three extended the Ohio lead to 60-52 with five seconds left. Ohio was outscored 20-13 in the third quarter and shot 4-of-19 (21.1 percent) from the field, with Johnson's three the only of the frame.
The Falcons outscored the Bobcats 27-22 in the final quarter of the game and even pulled within one point with six seconds left. After cutting the lead to 72-70, Doseck hit a deep three to go up 75-70. A Beck free throw extend the Bobcats advantage to 76-70 but Lambert knocked down a three. Burke answered with a three of her own to put Ohio up 79-73. Kayla Hempfling hit a layup to make it 79-75 and with nine seconds left, Cecil made a layup to cut the lead to 79-77. Burke hit one free throw before Ohio committed a shooting foul and allowed BG to knock down two free throws. Up 80-79, Johnson calmly knocked down two free throws to give Ohio the 82-79 win. Ohio was 6-of-14 from the field in the fourth quarter and 3-of-5 from deep. The Bobcats were 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from the free throw line in the quarter.
Ohio will be back in action on Wednesday when Ohio welcomes Miami to the Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.