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Erica Johnson sits on the court after a play during Ohio’s game against Ohio State on Nov. 17, 2019. (PHOTO: Nick Viland/WOUB)

Ohio Women’s Basketball: Bobcats close 2019 with win at Chattanooga

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Ohio missed having Erica Johnson in the lineup.  Since Johnson suffered an injury on Dec. 7 against IUPUI, the Bobcats lost two games to TCU and Texas despite having decent offensive performances.

Just 22 days after suffering the injury, Erica Johnson returned to the court on Sunday and her presence was felt.

Johnson made an immediate impact on the scoresheet against Chattanooga as she finished the game with a double-double.  Johnson had 18 points shooting 7-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range.  Johnson also had 11 rebounds, five steals and five assists in 31 minutes of action.

Johnson’s offensive and defensive contributions helped Ohio (7-4) wrap up its non-conference schedule with a 70-58 road win against Chattanooga (1-13).  The Bobcats did not trail during the game.

The Mocs pulled the game within three points with under nine minutes remaining, but Ohio closed the game on a 20-8 run to secure the victory.

The Bobcats shot just under 43 percent from the field and made ten three-pointers.  Ohio forced 22 Chattanooga turnovers and scored 25 points off those turnovers.

CeCe Hooks led Ohio with 21 points and has now scored 20 or more points in three of her last four games.  Hooks also had four assists and two steals.  Amani Burke and Katie Barker also reached double figures with 12 points and 11 points, respectively.

After having trouble rebounding the ball against Texas, the Bobcats were outrebounded by Chattanooga 40 to 38.

Ohio held Chattanooga to 36 percent shooting and allowed just four three pointers.  The Mocs had a great day from the free-throw line, making 14 of 19 free-throw attempts.

Lakelyn Bouldin led Chattanooga with 19 points and made all ten of her free throws.

Ohio opens up 2020 and MAC play on Saturday, Jan. 4.  The Bobcats return to The Convo for the first time in almost a month and welcomes NIU.  Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.