INDIANAPOLIS -- Behind a career-high 22 points from redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson, the Ohio women's basketball team (9-0) earned its first road win of the season, 73-66, over IUPUI (6-4) on Sunday afternoon.
"It was the type of win that we needed to see if we're exactly who we are," head coach Bob Boldon said. "They exploited our inability to rebound, but our kids hung in there and got some big shots down the stretch when we needed them. It was clearly a team effort, and it was a nice job of the next girl stepping up when we needed her."
The Bobcats matched their best start in school history at 9-0. In the latest RPI, IUPUI was ranked No. 28 in the nation.
Ohio was led by Johnson with 22 points, and she also added seven rebounds and six assists. Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) went 7-of-12 for 19 points. Hooks made her only three attempt and had five rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Dominique Doseck hit three three pointers and 11 points overall while adding one rebound and one assist. Sophomore forward Gabby Burris posted eight points and a +/- of 12 in 36 minutes of play. Burris pulled in a team-high seven boards and assisted on one bucket. Burris also had a career high six steals in the win. Senior forward Olivia Bower (Bowerstown, Ohio) and freshman forward Deesh Beck (Grand Rapids, Mich.) each had five points.
Ohio was 25-of-54 from the field and 10-of-27 from the three point line. The Bobcats outshot the Jaguars 46.3 percent to 35.6 percent. Ohio was 13-of-17 from the line while IUPUI was 17-of-19. The Bobcats had 14 points on the fast break and 19 points off turnovers.
IUPUI grabbed the first basket of the game but Burris immediately answered with a layup. Hooks gave Ohio the lead with a layup but IUPUI would come back to go up 7-4. Hooks hit a bomb from the corner to tie the game and the Jaguars answered with a three of their own. IUPUI would go up 16-15 Bower gave Ohio the 18-16 advantage that they would not give up in the first half. Johnson laid it in to have the Bobcats go up 20-16, a Doseck layup put Ohio up 22-18 and a Johnson three – her 10th point of the quarter – would give Ohio a 25-18 lead at the break.
Ohio shot an impressive 10-of-14 in the first quarter and was 5-of-8 from deep.
The Jaguars were on the board first with a couple of free throws to cut the Ohio lead to 25-20. One Hooks free throw and a corner three pointer from Doseck extended the lead to 29-20. IUPUI was able to rattle off a 6-0 run to cut the Bobcats lead to three but Burris ended the run with a three to make the game 32-26. Hooks and IUPUI's Williams traded layups and then the Jaguars got the lead to one at 34-33. While up 36-33, Johnson was fouled on her half-court heave to end the half and knocked down all three free throws to give Ohio a 39-33 advantage ending into the break.
Ohio shot 28.6 percent in the second quarter while knocking down two three-point attempts. Seven of Ohio's 14 points came off turnovers. IUPUI was a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line in the first half while the Bobcats were 4-of-5.
The Bobcats started the scoring in the third quarter with a Hooks layup at 41-33. IUPUI would then go on a 18-4 run to take a 51-45 lead, its first since early in the first quarter. Beck and Hooks were able to each hit a free throw to cut the IUPUI advantage to 51-47 at the final break.
The Bobcats were 3-of-11 in the third quarter and 0-of-6 from three. Ohio was outscored 18-8 in the third quarter and the Jaguars were able to hit three from deep.
Ohio was able to stop the Ohio run with a Doseck three to cut the IUPUI lead to just one at 51-50. Hooks grabbed the Bobcats the lead with 52-51 and a Johnson and one put Ohio up at 55-51. IUPUI rattled off five straight points but Ohio pulled ahead with a Burke bomb to go up 58-56. IUPUI was up 61-58 when Johnson put up another and one at 64-58. Jaguars had chipped away the lead down to 66-63 but Burris hit the dagger to make the game 69-65. The Bobcats would end up winning 73-66.
Ohio will continue its road trip on Dec. 22 at Richmond. Tip off is set for 2 p.m.