DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Ohio women's basketball team (5-1, 0-0 MAC) picked up its second Power Five win of the season after defeating Pittsburgh (2-4, 0-0 ACC), 72-50, on Friday afternoon at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.
"It feels good to win because we did a lot of things right," head coach Bob Boldon said. "It's not because someone had a spectacular shooting night, it feels good because this was a group effort. It took all of us to get (this win). We played a lot of kids, and the kids came in and gave a good effort. The kids sometimes made mistakes, but then they came out, went back in and didn't make the same mistake. Those are the kind of things you like to see in November. Pitt ran a couple of things we hadn't seen before, so it was good to see that and learn how to guard that for the future. That's all part of playing in November."
Ohio was led by junior forward Gabby Burris (Baltimore, Ohio) who posted a season-high 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Burris knocked down two three-pointers and pulled in six rebounds.
Redshirt junior guard Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.) and senior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) also had double-digit points in the win. Burke had 13 points and was 3-of-7 from behind the arc while Barker knocked down four from deep and finished with 12 points. Barker pulled down six boards, tying her career high, while Burke also had six rebounds.
"Against big, athletic kids (Gabby) finished really well around the rim and made a couple three's for us," Boldon added. "The one's she missed she was right on, so she had a good day of shooting the ball. She put herself in the right spots today and as usual her teammates did a good job of finding her. It was a good, collaborative night to get her the numbers that she had."
Junior guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) produced six points, five rebounds and four steals in the win. With Hooks' four steals, she reached 229 in her career, tying Kiki Lampkins for most steals in school history.
Redshirt sophomore guard Erica Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio) had nine points and seven rebounds while shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. Sophomore forward Deesh Beck (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had seven points while redshirt sophomore Caitlyn Kroll (Bridgeport, Ohio) posted six points and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line.
Overall, Ohio shot 32.4 percent (23-of-71) from the field and was 31.0 percent (9-of-29) from behind the arc. The Bobcats held Pitt to 31.6 percent (18-of-57) from the field and 6.7 percent (1-of-15) from deep. Ohio got to the free-throw line 24 times and made 17 for a 70.8 percent clip.
The Bobcats were outrebounded by Pitt, 49-44. Ohio had 15 offensive rebounds, with Burris pulling down five herself. Johnson led the Bobcats with seven boards while Barker, Burke and Kroll had posted five.
Ohio had 14 assists and doubled Pitt's total for the game. Johnson's five helpers were the game-high, while Burke had four.
Ohio started the game up 21-13 after the first quarter. OU shot 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) and was led by Johnson who had all nine of her first points in the first quarter. Pitt grabbed the first bucket of the game but Burris tied the game at 2-2 with 8:56 left. Johnson gave Ohio the lead at 7:55 and did not give up the lead for the rest of the game. Two Johnson free throws at 3:21 put Ohio up 10 at 16-6. Pitt was able to cut the lead to five but a Barker three put the Bobcats up 21-13.
Ohio pushed the lead to 42-24 after outscoring Pitt, 21-11 in the second quarter. Ohio shot 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) from the field and was 5-of-10 (50.0 percent) from deep. Burke added 11 after going 3-of-3 from deep. Barker had two threes and Burris and Hooks each had two in the frame. Burris pushed the Ohio lead to 10 at 28-18 with 5:36 left. Barker hit back-to-back from deep to go up 34-18. Burke hit a three with nine seconds left to give Ohio a 42-24 lead at the break.
Ohio grabbed its biggest lead of the night after going up 24 at the break. The Bobcats outscored Pitt, 18-12 and led after three quarters, 60-36. The Bobcats were 6-of-20 (30.0 percent) from the field while Pitt was held to 4-of-11 (36.4 percent). Burris had five points while Beck had four. Burke put Ohio up 54-31 at with 3:43 left. Burris gave Ohio its largest lead of the evening with 1:35 left at 60-34 but one Pitt bucket made it 60-36.
Pitt outscored Ohio 14-12 in the final frame. Burris led the quarter with five points while Kroll had four. The Bobcats were 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) from the field in the frame. Pitt started on a 10-0 run but Ohio stabilized and won, 72-50.
Ohio will finish the Daytona Beach Invitational against Butler tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.