The Ohio Bobcats women’s basketball team traveled up state route 33 to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. When I saw this game on the schedule, I circled it, because I knew it would tell me something about one of my beloved teams, the Ohio State women’s basketball team. I love almost all things Ohio. I love the Buckeyes, and the Bobcats. I love the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Akron Zips and their equally speedy nicknames. While I love Toledo football, I also love Bowling Green Football. While it may seem crazy to some of you, the short answer is simple. My uncle played at Toledo, while a kid I went to school with ran for over 2k yards in his career at Bowling Green, and even made the ESPN top 10.
So I was doubly interested in this game, but more on the Ohio State side of things.
What did I learn about Ohio State women’s basketball in their relatively close loss to the Ohio Bobcats? They are a pretty good team. While the Big Ten looks really good this year, I expect the Buckeyes to be better than I expected. This young team with a lot of questions wont contend for a Big Ten championship, it should contend for a potential NCAA birth.
So the bigger question. Why am I talking about Ohio State on a MAC blog?
Because I know what I have in Ohio. I know they are a great team. Save for one terrible run in the Syracuse game, this team would be in the top 20. The team is loaded with great returning veterans while also adding in young blood to push them to potentially greater heights. Bob Boldon, though relatively young by coach standards, has proven himself. I don’t have a lot of questions about this team, other than is CeCe Hooks the best player on the team or Erica Johnson? Hooks has been around a bit longer, but Johnson has been stuffing the stat sheet a bit better lately. Both are MAC Player of the Year candidates.
MAC women’s basketball has been on quite a run, sending 4 teams in 2 years to the NCAA tournament, winning 5 games. The MAC might not only be back this season, they might attack. Ohio is going places, we know this. Buffalo looks like they are ready to make another run. Central Michigan lost two player of the year types, and is 0-2. However, they look like they are still really good. Toledo has the defense to compete with anyone, and some potential scoring.
Bottom line, this is going to be a great year for MAC women’s basketball, again.