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Ohio Women’s Basketball: Bobcats rout Richmond; off to best start in program history

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RICHMOND, VA — On Saturday, the 2018-2019 Ohio Women’s basketball team achieved something that no other team in program history had ever done – a 10-0 start.  The Bobcats made it look easy with a dominating win on the road against the Richmond Spiders (2-9), 109-58.

Believe it or not, the Bobcats trailed Richmond for most of the first quarter – the Spiders had the lead for the final 6:50 of the opening quarter and held an 18-17 lead at the end of the quarter.  Dominique Doseck made all four of her field-goal attempts and had 10 points after one quarter.  As a team, Ohio shot seven-for-15 from the field.

After Olivia Bower made a layup with 6:53 left in the second quarter to give the 23-22 lead, Ohio did not trail for the rest of the game. The Bobcats led 49-34 at the end of the first half.

All of Ohio’s 49 points came from the five starters – Doseck (16 points), Amani Burke (15 points), CeCe Hooks (11 points), Bower (four points), and Gabby Burris (three points).  The Bobcats shot 18-of-35 from the field, including seven-of-14 from beyond the arc.

In the second half, Ohio poured on the points.

In their most dominating quarter of the season, the Bobcats outscored Richmond 31-6 in the third quarter and led 80-40.  The scoring in this quarter was sparked by a 7-0 run.  Richmond did not score a point until the 5:49 mark.

The Bobcats reached the century mark with 2:39 left in the game with a Deesh Beck layup – the second time Ohio has reached 100 points this season. The 109 points scored Saturday was a record in the Bob Boldon tenure.

The Bobcats finished with three players with 20 or more points – Burris (24 points), Burke (24 points), and Doseck (21 points).  Additionally, CeCe Hooks finished with 15 points.  Ohio shot 58 percent from the field and had 16 three-pointers.

With the win, Ohio now has a double-digit winning streak for the third time under head coach Bob Boldon.

The Bobcats wrap up their non-conference schedule next Saturday as they will travel to Washington D.C. to face American.  Ohio opens conference play on January 5th when they visit Buffalo.