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OHIO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 2021-22 • GAME 14
January 22, 2022
15:30 ET | Ohio (8-5, 2-2 MAC) vs. Bowling Green (7-6, 2-2 MAC) | Call Center | Athens, Ohio | ESPN+ | Live stats | listen live
ATHENS, Ohio —
The Ohio women’s basketball team will play in front of home fans for the first time in 10 days on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 22), returning to the Convocation Center floor after back-to-back road games. The Bobcats (8-5, 2-2) will take on Bowling Green (7-6, 2-2) at 3:30 PM. Fans can also watch the match on ESPN+ or listen to the radio broadcast via the Stretch platform.
The Bobcats are aiming to bounce back from a narrow 63-60 loss to Miami on Jan. 17. Cece Haken led the team against the RedHawks and registered its second double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Erica Johnson was the other Bobcat with double-digit points, scoring 16.
Saturday afternoon’s festivities will begin before the game, as Hooks will be credited with setting a new Ohio basketball record during Ohio’s game against Central Michigan on January 15. Hooks passed Caroline Mast (1982-86) previous record of 2,449 points with a second quarter layup against the Chippewas, and will be just 19 points away from breaking the current Mid-American Conference record on Saturday afternoon. of 2,509 points (Kim Knuth, Toledo). Mast will join Hooks at Saturday’s pre-game ceremony to celebrate the new record.
EXPLORE THE FALKS
Bowling Green broke a two-game losing streak by defeating Central Michigan 92-68 on Wednesday night (January 19). The Falcons have three players averaging 10+ points per game, led by Morgan Sharps at 11 ppg. Elissa Brett (10.7 ppg) is the Falcons’ top rebounder, averaging 6 boards per game.
LAST TIME OFF
Ohio and Bowling Green last played each other in early February 2021, when Ohio traveled to play at the Stroh Center. The Falcons won that particular game, beating Ohio by a score of 69-53. Madi Mace was the game’s co-top scorer for the Bobcats, with 13 points, including three three-pointers made.
ANOTHER REGISTRATION ON THE HORIZON
After setting the school record for basketball in Ohio, Cece Haken is now just 19 points away from hitting the MAC scoring record. The current figure is 2,509 points, set by Kim Knuth of Toledo (1995-99).
ALONE STANDING ON THE PICTURE BOOK
Cece Haken set the career record in Ohio basketball history in the Bobcats’ win over Central Michigan on January 15, 2022. Her reverse layup with 5:58 remaining in the 2nd quarter eclipsed the previous record of 2,449 points held by Caroline Mast since 1986 .
PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION
For her play the week of January 10, Cece Haken earned MAC Player of the Week accolades for the second time during the 2021-22 campaign. It is her 14th time overall that she has earned the recognition.
CHOICES FOR THE PRESEASON
With the calendar swinging into 2022, Ohio is shifting their focus to Mid-American Conference action. The Bobcats were picked to finish first in the conference this season, taking a total of 132 votes in the preseason poll. Last season, Ohio finished 3rd overall and advanced to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament.
UNIQUE COMPANY FOR JOHNSON
Erica Johnson is one of only three active four-year players with career totals of at least 1,300 points, 450 rebounds, 350 assists, and 100 steals. She joins Haylee Andrews (Portland) and Sophia Ramos (San Diego State) on that list.
NOT THE ONLY RECORD THIS SEASON
With her 11 field goals scored against UMass Lowell on December 20, Cece Haken broke the school record for career field goals, surpassing Caroline Mast’s previous mark of 898 (1982-86).
Ohio’s strong offense tops the Mid-American Conference in scores, averaging 77.5 points per game.
HALF A HUNDRED
With her 11th performance of 20+ points against Miami on January 17, Cece Haken registered her 50th game with 20+ points in her Bobcat career.
DOUBLE DOUBLE FOR GABBY
Senior attacker Gabby Burris recorded her first double-double of the season in Ohio’s final game, a 76-67 win over Binghamton.
CARRIRE DAYS EVERYWHERE
Kaylee Bambule set a career high in runs scored (18), total field goals scored (6) and three punts made (6) in the Bobcats game against Minnesota. Madi Mace tied her career high with 16 points against the Golden Gophers, then set another career high two games later with 17 points against Binghamton.
WARM WELCOME BACK TO THE CONVO
Ohio returned to action on the floor of the Fan Convocation Center for the first time since the 2019-20 season, when the Bobcats face Mercyhurst on Nov. 20. Cece Haken and Erica Johnson each scored 21 points to lead Ohio to a convincing 90-46 win. freshman guard Yaya Fields made her first start in a Bobcat uniform, scoring 10 points and grabbing a team-high 8 rebounds.
TAKE IT BACK
The Bobcats are returning all five starters and nearly all benchers from their 2020-21 team that reached the semifinals of the MAC tournament and also played in the WNIT.
CECE CONTINUES TO CONTINUE RECORD-SETTING CARRIRE
Senior point guard Cece Haken returns for another season after testing the WNBA draft process after last season. She averaged MAC Best 25.1 points/match en route to winning MAC Player of the Year last season.
Cece Haken always ranks second for several career records, including points per game, free throws made, and free throw attempted. In the Bobcats game against UMass Lowell, she broke the current school record for field goals of 898. She set a new school record for field goals (1,783) in the season opener against Notre Dame. Erica Johnson and Gabby Burris is also already in the Ohio women’s basketball record book, and the goal is to move up the ranks this season.
PRESEASON ALL MAC PICKS
As a team, Ohio was picked to win the regular-season Mid-American Conference title, taking a total of 132 votes and four first-place votes. The Bobcats also had Cece Haken and Erica Johnson selected for the preseason All-MAC First Team.
BECKY HAMMON PRESEASON WAITING LIST
Cece Haken was selected to the 2022 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player Of The Year watchlist, her second year in a row to earn this recognition.
CHERYL MILLER PRESEASON WAITING LIST
Erica Johnson also earned recognition for the season and was added to the Cheryl Miller watch list, an award given to the best small forward.
CECE’S RECORDS CARRIRE
– Scoring, first (2,491)
– Steals, first (457)
– Field goals scored, first (949)
– Points per game, second (18.7)
– Assists, third (439)
– Points per game, 25.1, first, 2020-21
– Field goals made, 239, second, 2020-21
– Steals, 110, first, 2018-19
– Steals, 106, second, 2019-20
– Steals, 100, third, 2017-18
– Steals, 94, fourth, 2020-21
2,000 POINTS SCORER
Cece Haken became the second player in the history of the program to surpass 2,000 career points last season, in a win over Ball State on February 10.
1,000 POINT SCORS
Two Bobcats – Gabby Burris, Erica Johnson — are 1,000 point scorers for Ohio. Burris averaged 13.6 points per game last season, Johnson was second on the team with 18.1.
FAIR FIRST YEAR
For the third year in a row, Cece Haken was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Hooks was also named MAC Player of the Year, was a member of the All-MAC first team, and an All-American Honorable Mention last season.
Erica Johnson was named to the All-MAC Third Team, after going 41-of-125 from behind the three-point line in just 14 games, racking up double figures in every game she appeared in.
Gabby Burris earned the All-MAC Honorable Mention recognition after last season, after leading the team in free throw percentage (81.8%) and shooting a total of 45.1% from the field.
Madi Mace was chosen to the All-Freshman team after playing in all 20 games throughout the season, averaging 8 points per game while shooting 41.4% from the field.