For the first time in history, an Ohio Bobcat basketball team reached 30 wins in a single season. The Ohio women’s team reached that exalted mark with a 68-60 victory over Western Kentucky Thursday evening in the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
The eight-point margin of victory was the largest for the Bobcats in the WNIT, and Western Kentucky was the first tourney opponent to not extend a large lead that Ohio needed to overcome.
Ohio had an opportunity to take down the Lady Toppers early in this game at the Convocation Center in Athens. Bobcat senior guard Dominique Doseck nailed a three-pointer to open the second quarter and give Ohio a 22-12 lead. The Lady Toppers responded with a 10-0 run to tie the game back up.
The Bobcats and the Lady Toppers traded scores as the first half wound down. Ohio junior guard Amani Burke beat the halftime buzzer with a layup for a 32-31 lead at the break. The Bobcats never trailed in the second half.
Sophomore Cece Hooks scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the second half. Sophomore forward Gabby Burris had a double-double effort with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Western Kentucky ended its season at 20-15 and lost its first game in program history against the Bobcats.
The Ohio women (30-5) continued to cement their team in the Ohio record books. The Bobcats advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals and will travel to Northwestern on Saturday. Northwestern advanced after beating West Virginia on Wednesday. Ohio and Northwestern will tip off at 7 p.m.