ATHENS, Ohio – Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) had 16 points and six rebounds but the Ohio Women's Basketball (17-2, 6-2 MAC) team fell to Miami (14-4, 5-2 MAC), 67-61, on Wednesday night inside the Convocation Center.
Johnson put her 16 points up on 7-of-13 (58.3 percent) shooting, with two of her made baskets coming from behind the three-point line. She added two blocked shots and three steals to her six rebounds. Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) had 15 points on 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) shooting. Hooks was one of three Bobcats to pull in six boards and she dished out a team-high four assists.
Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) had 11 points as she was 4-of-12 (33.3 percent) from the field and 2-of-8 (25.0 percent) from deep while adding six rebounds one steal and one assist. Senior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerston, Ohio) was the fourth Bobcat in double-figures as she knocked down two threes and produced 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting.
Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) had five points, two rebounds and was +9 in 14 minutes on the floor.
As a team, Ohio shot 38.1 percent (24-of-63) and was 36.8 (7-of-19) from the three-point line. Ohio recorded eight steals compared to Miami's three but was outrebounded 51-34. The Bocbats scored 13 of their points on the fast break and 32 in the paint.
Ohio outscored Miami 17-14 in the first quarter in a frame that saw Ohio shoot 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from the field and 3-of-5 (60.0 percent) from deep. Ohio was led by Johnson in the quarter who knocked down three buckets and one three. Burke made her only three of the first quarter and pulled in three rebounds.
Ohio started the second quarter on a 7-0 run and was able extend their lead to 24-14. The Bobcats would hold that 10-point advantage all the way to halftime, where they would go into the locker room with a 39-29 lead. Johnson once again led the way with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting while knocking down one three. Bower put up two threes of her own and also pulled down a rebound in six minutes on the floor.
The Bobcats were 16-of-35 (45.7 percent) in the first half and 6-of-12 from the three-point line. Johnson was the only double-digit scorer for the Bobcats at the break with 14 on 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) shooting. Ohio held Miami to 40.6 percent (13-of-32) percent shooting and 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) from deep.
Miami was able to get the lead down to 45-40 at the 5:58 mark in the third quarter and trailed by one at 49-48. Ohio answered to go up 58-50 after Burke knocked down a three with 21 seconds left but a Dickerson three of her own put Miami down 58-53 heading into the final break. The Redhawks outscored Ohio 24-19 in the third quarter as they shot 9-of-19 and 4-of-8 from deep. Ohio was 7-of-14 from the floor with Hooks putting up eight points on four makes.
The Redhawks scored first in the fourth quarter and tied the game at the 5:30 mark at 60-60. After three minutes without a point, Miami took the lead with a Dickerson layup. Burke was able to cut the lead to one with a free throw but that would be Ohio's last point as Miami ended the game on a 5-0 run to win, 67-61. Ohio was 1-of-14 in the quarter and made one free throw while the Redhawks were 5-of-16 overall and 2-of-6 from the three-point line.
Ohio will continue its homestand on Saturday against Ball State. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. and is part of the Convocation Center's 50th Anniversary celebration doubleheader. Tickets are $5 to all fans.