ATHENS, Ohio – After a three-game homestand, the Ohio Women's Basketball team (19-2, 8-2 MAC) will hit the road to continue Mid-American Conference play against Central Michigan (16-5, 7-2 MAC) on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside McGuirk Arena.
Saturday's MAC showdown can be watched live on ESPN3. Jake Hromada will be on the radio call live on WOUB-AM 1340 and OhioBobcats.com.
SERIES HISTORY AND LAST TIME OUT
This is the 67th all-time series meeting between the two programs, with Central Michigan winning the previous game against the Bobcats, 88-70, earlier this season. CMU leads the all-time series, 36-30.
The loss to Central Michigan was Ohio's first of the preseason. Ohio was led by redshirt freshman Erica Johnson (Columbus, Ohio) with 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting. Johnson was 3-of-8 from deep and and 2-of-2 from the free throw line in 25 minutes of play. Sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) added 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting.
SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Central Michigan is 16-5 and 7-2 in the MAC. CMU's two conference losses are to Toledo and Miami. CMU has faced two ranked opponents this season and is 1-1, falling to No. 3 Louisville 72-68 and beating No. 24 Miami, 90-80.
Central Michigan has the No. 23 offense in the nation, behind only Ohio in the MAC with 78.1 points per game. CMU is allowing 65.9 points per game, good for No. 213 in the nation. CMU us 14th in the nation and first in the MAC in rebound margin at 8.8.
The Chippewas are led by Presley Hudson and Reyna Frost, who is averaging 20.5 and 19.5 points per contest, respectively. They rank No. 18 and No. 27 in the nation. Frost is fifth in the country in rebounds per game at 12.6.
ANOTHER 90+ PERFORMANCE FOR OHIO
Ohio scored 90 or more points in their second-straight game after beating Akron, 92-70. Erica Johnson had a double-double for 22 points and 11 rebounds and also grabbed five assists. Gabby Burris had 21 points of her own in the win.
BURKE SETS OHIO RECORD FOR THREES MADE AND TIES MAC RECORD
In Ohio's 94-62 win over Ball State, Amani Burke was 11-of-15 from the three point line, setting Ohio's single game record for threes made. Kiyanna Black and Marlene Stollings held the previous record with 10 threes made in a game. Burke's 11 threes also tied the Mid-American Conference record, which was set by Mikayla Voight of Northern Illinois earlier this season. Burke was 11-of-16 overall and added six rebounds in the win.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT CECE
Not to be overlooked, Cece Hooks followed closely behind Burke with 26 points and a game-high 12 assists in her double-double performance against Ball State. Hooks was 12-of-17 from the field and compiled a game-high seven steals and team-high seven rebounds in her 26 minutes of play.
CLIMBING THE STEALS LADDER
With 174 career steals, Cece Hooks is sixth all-time in steals at Ohio. Quiera Lampkin (2013-2017) is the Ohio leader with 229. Hooks' 74 steals this season is already the fifth-most of a single season in school history. Hooks holds the all-time mark - set last season - with 100.
ALL-TIME THREES MADE
Dominique Doseck has knocked down 173 three pointers in her career, good for seventh all-time in Ohio program history. Kiyanna Black is the all-time leader with 318. Doseck is 36.0 percent in her career with 173-of-481.
12-GAME WIN STREAK
Before the loss to Central Michigan, Ohio started the year 12-0. Ohio had never started the season with 12-straight wins, and the Bobcats tied the longest winning streak in the Bob Boldon era.
Ohio is ranked in both the ESPN Mid-Major Poll and the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. Ohio is ranked No. 10 in the ESPNW poll and No. 9 in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll.
TOP-10 TURNOVER MARGIN
Ohio's turnover margin of +7.2 is 7th in the nation and the highest in the Mid-American Conference. Lamar is the nation's leader at 10.95.
FILLING IT UP
Ohio has one of the nations top offenses this season. The Bobcats rank tied for No. 5 in the nation and lead the MAC in scoring offense at 82.7. Ohio's field goal percentage of 46.0 is No. 20 in the nation and No. 2 in the league and Ohio is making 10.6 three pointers per game, good for No. 4 in the nation and first in the MAC.
SIXTH-HIGHEST GUARD FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN THE NATION
While Cece Hooks is No. 30 in the nation in field goal percentage, her 53.6 (142-of-265) percent mark is the sixth highest in the country by a guard.
Ohio is No. 14 in the nation in scoring Margin at +17.6 this season. Mississippi State is the nation's leader at 33.8.
HOOKS IS SWIPING IT
Cece Hooks is No. 10 in the nation in steals per game at 3.52. That's the highest mark of any player in the MAC. Chastadie Barrs from Lamar is the nation's leader at 6.00.
JOHNSON EARNS SECOND MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Redshirt freshman Erica Johnson averaged a double-double in her two games against NIU and Bowling Green, earning her second MAC East Player of the Week nomination. Johnson averaged 24 points and 10.5 in the two victories. Johnson was an impressive 15-of-25 from the field over the week, shooting 60.0 percent and was 7-of-12 from deep and 11-of-15 from the free throw line.
FOUR IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AGAINST MIAMI
In Ohio's 67-61 loss to Miami, four Bobcats - Erica Johnson (16), Cece Hooks (15), Amani Burke (11) and Olivia Bower (10) all were in double-figures for points. Ohio shot 38.1 percent (24-of-63) in the loss and was 7-of-18 (38.6 percent) from deep.
CLOSE ONE AT BOWLING GREEN
Erica Johnson and Cece Hooks each posted 22 points as Ohio took down Bowling Green, 82-70. Hooks was one rebound short of a double-double after adding nine rebounds to her 22 points. Hooks contributed seven assists and three steals while going +5. Johnson was 50.0 percent from both the field and the three-point line, going 6-of-12 and 4-of-8, respectively. Johnson was 6-of-8 from the free throw line and knocked down a pair of free throws late in the game to go up three with five seconds left. The Mansfield, Ohio native added five steals, five rebounds and four assists in the win.
SHUT DOWN THE NIU OFFENSE
Ohio shut down the high-powered NIU offense to win, 69-53 on the road. Erica Johnson produced her first career double-double after a career-high 26 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Johnson added five assists off the bench in 31 minutes of play. The Mansfield, Ohio native was 9-of-13 from the field, 3-of-4 from the three-point line and 5-of-7 from the free throw line and was +15 on the floor.
Johnson wasn't the only Bobcat with a double-double, as sophomore forward Gabby Burris had her third of the season with 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting and 10 rebounds. Burris added two free throws in 35 minutes of play while going +17.
CLOSE ONE AGAINST KENT STATE
Ohio picked up a 83-81 over Kent State on Wednesday behind a game-high 23 points from Cece Hooks. Hooks was 7-of-11 from the field and 8-of-12 from the free-throw line for her 23 points while chipping in four assists and a team-high three steals in 29 minutes. Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson added 16 points by going 5-of-10 from the field. She dished out three assists while adding six rebounds in 34 minutes. Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) followed closely behind with 15 points by going 5-of-10 from the field and added four rebounds, three assists and a game-high two blocks in 36 minutes of work. Senior guard Dominique Doseck added 14 points by going 4-of-6 from the field including 3-of-5 from behind the arc. She added a game-high five assists, a block and a steal in her 34 minutes of play. Sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) was just short of a double-double with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds for Ohio in 39 minutes of play. Freshman forward Deesh Beck contributed eight rebounds for the Bobcats in 14 minutes of action.
HOOKS EARNS MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK WHILE OHIO BEATS BUFFALO
Behind junior guard Amani Burke's (Columbus, Ohio) first career double-double and 21 points from sophomore guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), the Ohio Women's Basketball team (12-0, 1-0 MAC) earned a come-from-behind overtime win over Buffalo (8-4, 0-1 MAC), 74-71, on Saturday afternoon inside Alumni Arena.
Hooks had 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting and was 3-of-7 from the free throw line in Ohio's 74-71 overtime win against Buffalo to open conference play. Hooks had seven steals for the second-straight game and also posted four rebounds and four assists.
Hooks is the fifth Bobcat to be named MAC East Player of the Week this season. She is joined by senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) redshirt freshman Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio), sophomore forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) and junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio).
DOSECK EARNS MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK AS OHIO WRAPS UP NONCONFERENCE SEASON PERFECT
Senior guard Dominique Doseck (Athens, Ohio) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday (Jan. 1).
Doseck tied her career high with 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Ohio's 77-67 win over American on Saturday. She was 5-of-8 from the three-point line and had 20 points in the first half alone. Doseck added three assists and four rebounds in the victory over the Eagles.
JOHNSON EARNS MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK AS OHIO MATCHES BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Redshirt freshman forward Erica Johnson earned her first MAC East Division Player of the Week award as Ohio defeated IUPUI, 73-66 and moved to 9-0. Ohio also started the season 9-0 in 1985-86.
Johnson put up a career-best 22 points in her a career-high 35 minutes on the floor. The Mansfield, Ohio native shot 58. 3 percent (7-of-12) from the floor and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. She also added seven rebounds – including three offensive boards – and six assists in the win. Johnson is averaging 11.6 points per game this season, 4.7 helpers per game and five rebounds per game.
BURKE NAMED MAC EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week by the league office on Tuesday (Dec. 4). Burke, whose major is child and family studies, earned weekly conference honors for the first time in her career. She became the second Bobcat to be named MAC East Division Player of the Week.
Burke led all scorers with 17 points to help Ohio (6-0) beat Cleveland State, 72-54, last Saturday (Dec. 1) at the Convocation Center in Athens as the Bobcats improved to 6-0 to start a season for the third time in the last five years. She went 6-of-13 from the floor with four three-pointers. She also chipped in five rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in 31 minutes.
Burke currently ranks third on the team with 13.3 points per game and second with 2.7 steals per contest.
BURRIS NAMED MAC EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Burris was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week on Nov. 13. Burris, whose major is undeclared, earned weekly conference honors for the first time in her career. Burris scored a career-high 23 points to lead Ohio to the win over UNCW. She shot 8-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, and made all four of her free throw attempts. She also chipped in five rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes of action.
In the win over Binghamton, Burris did not score, but Ohio was +35 with her on the floor. She tallied a career-high four steals in the victory. She then finished with 13 points off of four made field goals and five made free throws and hauled in a team-high seven boards in the win over Eastern Kentucky. Last Saturday against Cleveland State, Burris contributed 14 points and added five rebounds and a steal.
Burris currently leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game and ranks second on the squad with 14.9 points per game.
Burris earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2017-18. She averaged 10.2 points per game in her rookie campaign to rank third on the team and 4.4 boards per game to rank second.
SEASON SIX UNDER BOLDON
The Bobcats are in their sixth season under the direction of Boldon, who was named the 10th head coach in program history on March 28, 2013.
Ohio has gone 119-59 (.667) with Boldon at the helm of the program. His .667 winning percentage is the highest of any head coach in the history of Ohio women's basketball, and he needs five more wins to surpass Marsha Reall (123; 1990-99) for the most in program history.
Boldon led Ohio to back-to-back MAC regular season titles in 2015 and '16. The Bobcats won the MAC tournament crown in 2015 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. Ohio participated in the WNIT in both 2016 and '17 and advanced to the third round in '16.
MEET THE COACHING STAFF
Tavares Jackson has been an assistant coach on Bob Boldon's Ohio staff for six years. Marwan Miller is in his third season on Boldon's staff as an assistant coach and fifth overall after serving as the program's director of operations for the 2013-14 and '14-15 seasons.
Steph Hass is the team's new assistant coach after spending the last two seasons at Florida Gulf Coast as a video coordinator following a four-year playing career with the Eagles. Tia Jameson is in her fourth season as Ohio's director of operations. Ohio familiar face will be on the Ohio bench as a graduate assistant this season as Kiyanna Black returns to the Bobcats following a stellar playing career in Athens in which she racked up 1,724 career points -- the third-most in the history of the program.