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Ohio’s Katie Barker plays defense during the Bobcats’ game against Ohio State on November 17, 2019 (PHOTO: Nick Viland/WOUB)

Ohio Women’s Basketball: Fouls, Rebounds burn Bobcats in Texas

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Foul trouble and rebounding hurt Ohio on Wednesday night.

The Bobcats picked up eight personal fouls in just the first quarter.  CeCe Hooks, Amani Burke and Deesh Beck were in foul trouble at the half, each with three personal fouls.  Burke and Beck fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, and Hooks played the final seven minutes with four fouls.

The Bobcats were outrebounded 52 to 25 by Texas.  The Longhorns also grabbed 24 offensive rebounds and cashed in with 21 second chance points.

Ohio (6-4) was denied its third win of the season against a Power Five team, getting swept in its two-game road trip in the Lone Star state with a 73-60 loss to Texas (6-4).  The Bobcats lost their second game in a row, which hasn’t occurred since the 2017-18 season when they lost three in a row to Buffalo, Miami and Akron.

Despite being in foul trouble, Hooks led Ohio with 21 points and a season-high seven steals.  Gabby Burris and Katie Barker also reached double figures with 12 points each.  Burris had eight of Ohio’s 25 rebounds.  Burke scored eight points in just 19 minutes of playing time.  Maddie Bazelak saw 15 minutes of playing time and scored five points.

The Bobcats finished the night shooting 37 percent from the field and 6-of-21 from three, with four of the three-pointers coming from Barker.  Ohio also made 7-of-12 free-throw attempts.

Texas shot just over 42 percent from the field and had five players in double figures.  Celeste Taylor led the Longhorns with 17 points.  Charli Collier and Joyner Holmes each had a double-double.  Collier had 10 points and 16 rebounds while Holmes scored 16 points with 10 rebounds.  The Longhorns hit 12 of their 18 free throws.

The Bobcats will wrap up their non-conference schedule with another road contest at Chattanooga.  Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. on Dec. 29.