Ohio players earned three specialty awards and placed three players on All-Mid-American Conference teams on Tuesday after the conference announced its regular season accolades for the year.

Cece Hooks became the second Bobcat to win MAC Defensive Player of the Year after she led the conference in steals (89) and finished No. 11 in the nation in steals per game (3.11). Hooks also received First Team All-MAC honors after she averaged 17.4 points per game and a 50.5 shooting percentage, the seventh highest field-goal percentage for a guard in the country.

Erica Johnson won MAC Freshman of the Year, receiving 129 points and 40 votes from head coaches, sports information directors and media members. Johnson, a redshirt freshman, became the fourth Bobcat to win the award and is the second-straight Ohio player to win it after Hooks won the award in 2018.

Johnson was also named the MAC Sixth Player of the Year award and became the first player in conference history to win both Sixth Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. She averaged 14 points per game and finished first on Ohio with 6.3 rebounds per game.

Johnson also joins Amani Burke on the All-MAC Third Team. Burke averaged 13.4 points per game and shot a conference-best 40.8 percentage behind the 3-point line. Burke tied the MAC record and broke the Ohio record for most 3-pointers in a single game Feb. 2 against Ball State when she made 11 shots from 3-point range.

Bob Boldon received 10 votes and 81 points and finished second for Coach of the Year. Boldon was beat by Central Michigan’s Sue Guevara.

Boldon became the winningest coach in program history with his 124th win last Wednesday against Miami.

Ohio will play its first postseason game Wednesday against Northern Illinois inside Quicken Loans Arena.



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