Ohio earned one of its biggest wins of the season Saturday afternoon against Central Michigan on the road. The Bobcats (6-4, 4-3 Mid-American Conference) handed the Chippewas (7-4, 5-2 MAC) their second-straight loss in the 93-84 win.
Here are the numbers to know from Ohio’s big win:
Ohio scored a season-high 93 points in the win. The previous high for the season was 87 in the last matchup against the Chippewas on Jan. 2. Five Bobcats reached double-digit scoring, including freshman Madi Mace and redshirt junior Catilyn Kroll, who had 12 points each. Gabby Burris scored 15 points.
Kroll has grown into a key part of the offense since the last matchup against Central Michigan two weeks ago. Since that game, she has been making 100 3-pointers after every practice. She was three-of-five from 3-point range in the win.
Ohio’s stars, Cece Hooks and Erica Johnson, each had 26 points. The 26 points were the most for Johnson, who has been scoring less than usual, since the last game against the Chippewas. Johnson was held to less than 20 points in each of the last three games.
The Bobcats also made 26-of-30 free-throw attempts, for an 86.7% shooting percentage from the line. Ohio made 12 free throws in the last 2:02 of the game, to keep any attempt of a comeback impossible.
Ohio was able to neutralize one of its biggest weaknesses, rebounding, in the win. The Bobcats were only outrebounded by two boards. They were outrebounded by 20 in Wednesday’s overtime loss to Ball State.
Burris and Kroll led the team with eight rebounds each, and Mace crashed the offensive glass, with four offensive rebounds.
The Bobcats also only played two players off the bench. That was much less than the four or five bench players that usually rotate in. This gave Ohio’s best players more minutes and a stronger team on the court for most of the game.
Ohio returns to The Convo on Wednesday for another tough matchup against Buffalo. The two teams split the season series last year in two matchups. This year, Buffalo has the third-best defense, which will challenge Ohio’s MAC-leading offense.