ATHENS, Ohio— Led by Amani Burke's 15 points, the Ohio women's basketball team (14-11, 8-6 MAC) defeated Bowling Green (10-15, 2-12 MAC) 69-58, Saturday afternoon inside the Convocation Center.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Junior forward Kendall Jessing (Sylvania, Ohio) would score first for Ohio, on a layup assisted by redshirt senior guard Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio) that would start a 11-0 scoring run for Ohio. Shortly after, Freshman guard Cierra Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) would get a steal and turn it into a basket to put Ohio up 4-3 with just over eight minutes left in the first quarter. Redshirt sophomore guard Katie Barker (Carry, Ill.) would open the three-point game for Ohio, netting one with 6:25 remaining in the first quarter, to keep the Bobcats up 9-5.
With 1:17 to go in the first quarter, sophomore guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) drained a three, assisted by Agler to keep the Bobcats up 20-16. Junior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) followed with one of her own, with 14 seconds left in the first. Going into the second quarter, the score would stand 23-18 in favor of Ohio.
Ohio went on an 8-0 run in the second quarter, thanks to a set of three-pointers from Junior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerstown, Ohio) and then Agler. Bower followed up with an easy layup to increase the Bobcats lead to 33-23 with 7:05 left in the first half. Freshman guard Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) drained a three-pointer of her own, assisted by Burke, extending Ohio's 38-26 lead with 4:10 left in the second quarter. At halftime, Ohio kept their lead over the Falcons 40-30.
The Falcons opened up the third quarter with a three-pointer to make the score 40-33 with 9:27 remaining in the third quarter. A three from Barker would put Ohio back up by 10 with 7:44 left in the third quarter. Bowling Green was able to cut the lead to three with 5:49 in the half, but a quick layup from redshirt sophomore Hannah Thome (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) kept the Bobcats up 45-40. The Falcons would go on a 6-0 run to close out the third quarter, but Ohio still led 51-46 heading into the final period of play.
Bower would get the first fourth quarter bucket for Ohio, making the score 53-46 with 9:31 to go in the game. A steal from Hooks would lead to a three-pointer from Agler, lengthening the Bobcat's margin 58-46 with 7:02 remaining. A set of free-throws from Burke and Agler kept Ohio's lead 69-56 with under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
The Falcons would get another layup, but as the final buzzer sounded it was Ohio that came on top with the win 69-58.
Burke scored 15 points, going 5-of-13 from the field, 1-of-3 from the three-point line, and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. She also had seven rebounds, three assists, and one steal.
Agler added 12 points, going 4-of-6 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range, 2-of-2 from the free throw line, and while dishing out six assists, grabbing four rebounds, and stealing the ball once.
Burris scored 10 points, going 4-of-12 from the field and grabbed five rebounds.
Hooks added eight points, seven steals, five rebounds, and three assists.
As a team, the Bobcats were 27-of-62 (.435) from the field, 8-of-21 (.381) from three-point range, and 7-of-13 (.538) from the free throw line.
The Bobcats grabbed 35 rebounds, dished out 16 assists, stole the ball 13 times, and picked up two blocks.
Ohio scored 28 points off turnovers. They also scored 38 points in the paint, 36 bench points, 13 second chance points, and six fast break points.
Carly Santoro led Bowling Green with 16 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.
She was followed by Caterrion Thompson with 11, and Sydney Lambert with 10.
As a team, Bowling Green was 21-of-55 (.382) from the field, 9-of-25 (.360) from three-point range, and 7-of-15 (.467) from the free throw line.
The Falcons grabbed 40 rebounds, dished out 10 assists, had seven steals, and six blocks.
Bowling Green scored 19 points off the bench, 16 points in the paint, 13 points off turnovers, and two fast-break points.
The Bobcats picked up their eighth-straight win over the Falcons and the fourth-straight in Athens.
The victory was head coach Bob Boldon's 196th career victory and 98th at Ohio.
Ohio now had 14 wins in a season for the fourth-straight season and the fourth time under Boldon.
This win makes the 15th time in program history that the Bobcats have won at least eight games in the MAC.
It is the 561st victory in program history and 293rd conference win.
"It was nice having [Taylor and Amani] back. Now they've had a couple practices in where they've gone full speed and that makes a difference. It's one thing when you're just resting up and you're trying to get yourself healthy enough to play the next game versus being able to have a week where you can go full speed in practice and take some hits and clean up some things. I think it just gives you a little bit more confidence come game time. I thought they both looked really good today." -Head coach Bob Boldon
"We've known Taylor's ability to get in the middle of defense and create and then I thought her shot selection was tremendous. She's such an unselfish player that sometimes she needs to shoot a little bit more, but I think today her ratio of shots to passes was as good as its been all year." -Head Coach Bob Boldon
"I think we need to take it one day of practice at a time. I don't think we should just assume that we're going to win our next game, we have to really just take every game as serious as the last one. I do feel like we have a chip on our shoulder and we have to play like that because, with the tournament, anything can happen. If we play our game and we do what we do, we'll be fine." -Sophomore guard Amani Burke
"I think our team did a great job of moving the basketball and I know the more we move, it opens more driving lanes. I know I need all the time and the space in the world right now to drive and my team has been doing a great job of creating that for me." -Redshirt senior Taylor Agler
Up next, the Bobcats remain home for a rematch with Kent State Wednesday, Feb. 21. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3.