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Ohio Women’s Basketball Suffers Setback at Cleveland State

Ohio Women’s Basketball Suffers Setback at Cleveland State

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CLEVELAND –  Down 25 with 1:02 left to go in the third quarter, the Ohio women's basketball team (4-3) would score 29 points in the fourth quarter, but would ultimate fall by the final of 71-64 to Cleveland State (6-2) Wednesday morning inside of the Wolstein Center.

Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) would finish the game with 18 points, while Cierra Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) finished with 14 and a team-high nine rebounds.

Cleveland State would open the game on an 8-0 run before Hooks would get the first basket for Ohio at the 6:54 mark in the first quarter. After Hooks would get another basket before Burke would cut the CSU lead to 14-6.

After the media timeout, the Vikings would take a 12- point lead before Dominique Doseck (Athens. Ohio) would drain Ohio's first three pointer of the game. Ohio would then CSU scoreless through the final 1:37 to finish the first quarter down 19-10.

The Bobcats would get the first points of the second quarter when Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.) would hit her first three of the game, cutting the deficit to 19-13. Then, after CSU would take a 10-point lead again, Barker would hit her second three of the quarter to cut the score to 25-16.

The Bobcats would then go on a run after Hooks hit two free throws and then got another rebound to trim the score to 25-20 at the 3:58 mark. The Bobcats would be unable to score the rest of the quarter and Ohio would go to halftime down 31-20.

At the half, Hooks led Ohio with eight points and five rebounds. Barker added six points, while Burke and Doseck had three. Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) would lead the team with three assists.

As a team, Ohio shot .206 from the field, .136 from three-point range and .750 from the free throw line.

The third quarter started with Burke connecting on a layup with 9:03 to go to cut the score to 31-22. Throughout the third quarter, Ohio would be unable to string together a run and with 1:02 left in the quarter, the Bobcats would trail 53-28.

At the end of the quarter, Alexis Stover (Solon, Ohio) would be able to hit two free throws and would go to the fourth quarter down 55-35.

The Bobcats would not quit and would battle through the whole fourth quarter. With 8:11 left in the game. Hooks would hit a three to cut the lead to 55-38. CSU would hit a free throw with 7:46 left to make the score 56-38.

Ohio would then go on a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to cut the lead to 56-47. The run would be capped by a three-pointer from Doseck with 6:01 left in the game.

It would take CSU until 4:19 left in the game to get their first field goal of the quarter. After the Vikings would make it 60-49, Doseck would drain another three, cutting the lead to 60-52.

After the Vikings would go up 11, Burke would drain a three and hit a field goal to cut the CSU lead to six with 2:14 to go. A little more than a minute later, Stover would hit a put back layup to cut the lead the four with 1:01 left.

Unfortunately, that was as close as the Bobcats would get and the Vikings would hit most of their free throws the remainder of the game and despite a three-pointer from Burke with 17 seconds to go, CSU would come away with the 71-64 victory.

Burke finished the game with a team-leading 18 points while Hooks finished the game with 14 points and a team-leading and a career high nine rebounds. Doseck finished with 12 points and Barker finished with 11.

As a team, Ohio was 21-of-75 (.284) from the field, 9-of-46 (.196) from three-point range and 13-of-18 (.722) from the free throw line.

Cleveland State would shoot 23-of-46 (.500) from the field, 7-of-17 (.412) from three-point range and 18-of-29 (.621) from the free throw line.

The Bobcats' bench outscored CSU, 20-4 while the Vikings out-rebounded Ohio, 42-41. The Bobcats were also able to get 15 second chance points and 22 points in the pain.

Ohio forced 20 turnovers, with 12 of those miscues coming from steals. The Bobcats were able to score 17 points off of those turnovers.  

The Bobcats fall to 4-3 to open the season and now have a 16-9 overall record against CSU. The home team how now won the last eight matchups.  

The Bobcats help CSU to two made field goals in the fourth quarter and the Bobcats scored 29 points, the second most in a quarter this season.

"We're a work in progress and we've got plenty of things we need to work on and we will. We knew this was going to be a tough thing for us to deal with, I don't think we did it particularly well. That's okay, if we can just continue to grow a little bit and take another step forward in our program." – Head coach Bob Boldon

"I think we have it in us somewhere, and that's the exciting thing about coming to practice every day. I think each game that goes by a few players step up and show you what they can do. Our goal is to get it all put together by January, and we've got plenty of things to do. We've got a game coming up at Purdue, it'll be a tough one for us, but it's a part of the process." – Head coach Bob Boldon

The Bobcats are back in action on Sunday, Dec. 10 when Ohio heads to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on Big Ten opponent, Purdue, Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside Mackey Arena.


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