burris - west ky - 3-28-19

Bobcat forward Gabby Burris pushes past two hilltop defenders during the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament Thursday night at the Convo. Ohio beat Western Kentucky 68-60. Two days later on Saturday evening, Northwestern knocked the Ohio women out of the WNIT, 61-58.

The Ohio University women's basketball team played a close game against Northwestern Saturday evening in the WNIT quarterfinals, but it wasn't enough to advance. The Bobcats lost 61-58 on the Wildcats' court.

"It was a well-played game and it was wonderful to be a part of such an experience," head coach Bob Boldon said in the post-game release issued by Ohio Athletics. "We wish it went a little different down the stretch. I thought Erica (Johnson) did a good job with the two plays we drew up for her, in the end it just didn't go our way. It wasn't because of a lack of effort."

Ohio (30-6, 14-4 MAC) finished the season with 30 wins, the most in team history. The Bobcats' run to the quarterfinals of the WNIT is the farthest the team has made it in the tournament.

"I think this is something the girls will look back on and be pretty proud of,” Boldon added in the release. “I know I'm proud of them. It just hurts right now. It wasn't a lack of effort, that's for sure. We played a team that was a little bit better than us tonight, not a lot better, but a little bit better. That's what you get when you (play) these high-level teams, you know; the margin for error is pretty slim.”

Ohio shot 38.5 percent (20 of 52) from the field and 30.4 percent (7 of 23) from the three-point line. Northwestern shot 37.8 percent (17-of-45) and 33.3 (4 of 12) from behind the arc. Ohio was 11 of 16 from the free throw line while Northwestern was 23 of 29.

Redshirt freshman Erica Johnson led the Bobcats, hitting 7 of 16 from the field and 2 of 6 from three for 17 points. Johnson added three rebounds and two assists.

Sophomore guard Cece Hooks scored 15 points on 5 of 17 shooting. Hooks hit five free throws and added a team-high four assists and three rebounds.

Northwestern now sits at 20-14, 9-9 Big Ten, with at least one more game to go in its 2018-19 season.

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