HUNTINGTON, W. VA. – Down by six with 40 seconds left in the game, the Ohio Women's Basketball team would go on an 8-0 run, capped off by freshman guard Cierra Hooks' game-winning steal and layup to give the Bobcats a thrilling 54-52 come-from-behind victory against Marshall inside the Cam Henderson Center.
Three Bobcats would finish in double figures, led by redshirt senior guard Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) who scored 11 points. Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) and junior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) both added 10 points for Ohio, and redshirt sophomore guard Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.) grabbed a team-leading five rebounds.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Ohio was able to get the first points of the game with a three-pointer from Doseck, putting the Bobcats up 3-0 a minute and a half in. After the three, Marshall would go on a 6-0 run over six minutes before Agler would break the drought with a layup with 2:27 left in the first.
Ohio would then go on a 9-2 run over that final 2:27, including a three-pointer from junior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerstown, Ohio) to give Ohio a 14-9 lead after the first 10 minutes.
Ohio would open up the second quarter on a 7-2 run, giving the Bobcats a 19-11 lead with 8:03 left. And as it would be the rest of the game, Marshall would then go on a 6-0 run of their own before junior forward Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) would snap the drought with a made free throw. Then after a steal and a layup from sophomore guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) and a made three from Agler, the Bobcats would go on to take a 27-20 lead into the half.
At the half, Alger led the Bobcats with seven points and three rebounds, followed by four points each from Burke and Hooks.
Marshall would open up the third quarter on a 12-0 run over the opening five minutes, erasing the Ohio lead and putting Marshall up 32-27 before Barker would drain a three. After Agler would take advantage of a steal and make a layup to tie the game at 37-37 with 20 seconds left, Marshall would hit two free throws to give The Herd a 39-37 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats would open the fourth quarter by tying the game at 39 after Burke hit two free throws. Marshall would then go on another 6-0 run to take a 45-39 lead before Agler would drain a free throw.
With 6:39 left in the game, freshman forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) would get a layup to make the score 45-42, however Marshall would then add five quick points to take a 50-42 lead. After Jessing and Doseck added three points to cut the lead to 50-45, Marshall would add another layup with 2:58 left in the game to give Marshall a 52-45 lead.
That layup would be the last basket The Herd would get, and Ohio would start their comeback with 2:27 left in the game on a free throw from Agler.
With 40 seconds left, Hooks would get a steal and fly down the court for a layup, cutting the Marshall lead to 52-48. Hooks would add another layup 10 seconds later, trimming the deficit to 52-50.
Doseck would then be fouled with 22 seconds left. She would miss her first two attempts, however would grab her own rebound and be sent back to the line with 19 seconds left, where she would drain both attempts, tying the game at 52-52.
Marshall would then get the ball back and the Bobcat defense would force The Herd to call a time out with four seconds left. Marshall would then turn the ball over to Hooks on the inbound, who would then take it down the court and connect on the layup with .3 seconds left on the clock.
Marshall would then be unable to get the ball down the court in those final moments, and the Bobcats would complete the comeback, going home with the 54-52 victory.
As a team, Ohio forced 28 turnovers, with 16 of those coming from steals – five of those coming at the hands of Hooks. The Bobcats capitalized on those Marshall miscues, scoring 32 points off of them.
The Ohio bench also game through for Ohio, scoring 19 points compared to Marshall's two.
The Herd out rebounded the Bobcats, 53-33 and scored 14 second chance points compared to Ohio's seven. However, Ohio was able to score 28 points in the paint, bettering The Herd's 24 points.
The Bobcats' late game defense was able to help them prevail over a poor shooting night, shooting .294 from the field, .171 from three-point range and .400 from the free throw line.
This is Ohio's 27th all time win against Marshall and their seventh-straight win over The Herd. The Bobcats are now 3-0 to open the season for seventh time in program history and for the second-straight year. Ohio is also 1-0 on the road to open the season for the 14th time in program history.
"It's impressive because things were pretty bleak for us on offense in that second half. Our shooting surely went cold, and for a team with not a lot of experience - those girls showed a heck of a lot of toughness." – Bob Boldon
"We went through a little lull offensively at the start of the second quarter, but what a blessing to know that you can trust them down the stretch and they did a great job of that." – Bob Boldon
The Bobcats will return to action after the Thanksgiving holiday, returning to Athens to take on Big Ten opponent Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 25. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.
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