ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio women's basketball (2-1) team took down Marshall (2-1), 67-51, on Wednesday evening at the Convocation Center.
Ohio was led by junior guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio), who had eight points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and six steals in the win. Hooks was 4-of-13 from the field. Overall, Ohio was 24-of-65 (36.9 percent) from the field and 12-of-33 (36.4 percent) from behind the three point line. Marshall was held to 21-of-53 (39.6 percent) shooting and 7-of-21 (33.3 percent) from deep.
"She (Cece Hooks) does a really good job - we have a lot of kids that do this - that change the game in more than just the box score," head coach Bob Boldon said. "Cece playing on the defensive end of the floor is instrumental in our success"
Hooks now has 222 steals in her career, one behind Kim Van Kannel for second all-time and seven behind Quiera Lampkins for the career record for steals at Ohio.
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Redshirt junior guard Katie Barker (Cary, Ill) knocked down six threes and a season high 18 points. Barker was 6-of-12 from the field and from deep.
"She makes a big difference," Boldon said on Barker. "It puts pressure on them defensively and stretches them out a little bit. Katie (Barker) got off to a great start for us and was really instrumental in that 22-point first quarter."
Senior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) had 12 points after hitting four threes, while junior forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) also recorded 12. Redshirt sophomore Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) and sophomore forward Deesh Beck (Grand Rapids, Mich.) each had six.
Hooks' 10 rebounds led the way for Ohio. Burris pulled down eight boards, including four on offense. Redshirt sophomore Caitlyn Kroll (Bridgeport, Ohio) had five rebounds to go with her five points off the bench. Johnson also had five boards while OU recorded 40 as a team.
Johnson added five assists and Ohio had helpers on 18 buckets. Hooks led with eight while Burris had two and Barker, Kroll and Beck each helped on one bucket.
Ohio forced 20 turnovers and scored 23 points off those turnovers. Hooks had six steals while Beck had three and Ohio had 13 as a team. The Bobcats held Marshall to just 13 points in the second half.
"You have to credit our kids for coming out [of the locker room] and getting it done defensively," Boldon said. "Offensively we were efficient. It seems like in this game when you get good shots it just makes your defensive transition easier, your defensive balance easier, and you're in a better position to guard and I thought we did a good job of that.
Ohio took a one-point lead into halftime at 36-35. Barker knocked down five threes in the first half alone for 15 points to lead the team. Hooks had six and seven players had at least one bucket. The Bobcats were tied at 14-14 in the first quarter and ended the first frame on a 7-0 run behind two Barker threes. Ohio extended the lead to 15 at 29-14 with 8:29 left in the quarter, but Marshall chipped away at the lead and ended the frame on a 11-0 run to go into half down one.
Ohio shot 13-of-37 (35.1 percent) from the field and 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from the behind the arc in the first half while Marshall was 14-of-27 (51.9 percent) and 6-11 (54.5 percent) from deep. The Bobcats outrebounded Marshall, 20-19 in the first half.
The Bobcats were able to extend the lead to 52-48 after the third period. Burris led the team with five points in the frame. The Bobcats held Marshall to just three points in the final 10 minutes to finish the game for the Bobcats. Burke went back-to-back from deep early in the fourth to give Ohio a 10 point lead. Marshall went just 1-of-10 from the field and made one free throw in the final frame to give Ohio a 67-51 win.
Marshall was held to just one deep ball and 7-of-26 shooting (26.9 percent) in the second half while Ohio was 11-of-28 (39.3 percent) and 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) from deep. Burke had a team-high nine points in the second half.
Ohio is back in action on Sunday when they play Ohio State on the road. Tip-off at Value City Arena in Columbus is set for 2 p.m.