Sophomore forward Gabby Burris driving to the basket against Eastern Kentucky. | Nick Henthron WOUB |

Ohio Women’s Basketball: Bobcats feast at Denver Thanksgiving Classic

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The Ohio women’s basketball team spent their Thanksgiving weekend in Denver, Colorado as they played in the Denver Thanksgiving Classic.  At the end of the weekend, the Bobcats came away with two victories.

The Bobcats (5-0) opened play on Friday with a 70-53 win over St. Bonaventure (2-4).

The Bobcats had a comfortable 42-22 lead at the half.  Dominique Doseck led the team with 17 first half points and Gabby Burris added nine points.  As a team, Ohio made 9-of-14 three-point attempts in the first half.

Burris and CeCe Hooks led the way for the Bobcats’ offense in the second half with ten points and nine points, respectively.  A late run by the Bonnies cut the Ohio deficit under 20 points.

Doseck was the Bobcats’ leading scorer on Friday with 19 points.  Burris and Hooks added 18 points and 13 points, respectively.  On the defensive end, Amani Burke led the team with eight rebounds.

Ohio made 10 three-pointers in the game and shot 43.9 percent from the field.  Defensively, the Bobcats held the Bonnies to 34 percent from the field and forced 19 turnovers.

The Bobcats wrapped up the weekend on Saturday with a commanding 87-62 win over Lamar (4-3).

The first half was highly competitive as Ohio went to the locker room with a 32-27 lead.  Gabby Burris led all scorers with 11 points, but the Bobcats only shot 10-of-22 from the field, including 2-of-7 from three-point range.  Free throws were key for the Bobcats in the first half, as they made 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) attempts, five of which were made by CeCe Hooks.

Ohio outscored Lamar 55-35 in the second half to pick up their sixth win of the season behind Burris’ 14 second-half points.

Burris finished the game with a double-double – a career-high 25 points and ten rebounds.  Amani Burke (16 points), Dominique Doseck (15 points), Hooks (14 points), and Deesh Beck (10 points) also reached double-figure point totals for the Bobcats.

Ohio finished the day shooting 48.1 percent from the floor and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line.  The Bobcats held Lamar to a 31.5 field-goal percentage and 3-of-23 from three-point range.

The undefeated Bobcats return to the Convocation Center on Saturday to host Cleveland State.  Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.