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Ohio Womens’ Basketball: Bobcats Start Season With Win over UNC-Wilmington

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The Ohio Womens’ Basketball team start the 2018-2019 season against UNC-Wilmington on Sunday. The Seahawks held the Bobcats’ lead within 15 points in the first three quarters. The Bobcats pulled away in the fourth quarter to win 95-72.

“It’s a good start,” Bobcats head coach Bob Boldon said. “We’ve had plenty of games where we couldn’t score this many points so it’s nice to see the ball go in the basket and the kids execute the way they did.”

Ohio had the lead at the half, 49-36.

Amani Burke led all scorers with 13 points at the half, 11 of which came in the first quarter. As a team, the Bobcats shot 62.5% from the field and hit seven of 12 three-pointers in the first two quarters.

The Seahawks started the second half with an 8-2 scoring run, bringing the score within five points with 7:19 left in the third quarter. However, that is as close as the Seahawks would get for the rest of the way, as the Bobcats had the 72-58 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Sophomore Gabby Burris, one of six players to reach double-figures paced the Bobcats with 23 points, which is a new career-high. Amani Burke, CeCe Hooks, and Dominique Doseck added 20 points, 16 points, and 17 points, respectively. Additionally, Erica Johnson scored 11 points off the bench.

Johnson led the Bobcats with five rebounds and Hooks led the team with nine assists.

The Bobcats were 21 for 27 (77.8%) from the free-throw line.

“We spent a ton of time (on free-throws),” Boldon said. “I’m a firm believer in that you get what you work on. When you work on something, you’re usually pretty good at that part of the game.”

The Bobcats next game is on Thursday as they host Binghamton at the Convocation Center.

Tip-off is set for 11 a.m.