Nov. 10, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -
Butler's Lade Akande hit a layup with 2:02 remaining, scoring what would become the game-winner in the Bulldogs' 59-58 victory over the Ohio women's basketball team Saturday in legendary Hinkle Fieldhouse. The victory avenged a 31-point loss to the Bobcats last season in the Convocation Center.
After Akande's shot, Butler held off four Bobcat attempts to take the lead, which resulted in two missed jumpers and a pair of turnovers.
Akande led all scorers with 23 points, while teammate Susan Lester had 12. The two also led the Bulldogs with six rebounds, while Ohio won the battle of the boards as a whole with a 42-27 edge. Junior Catherine Cain (Dayton, Ohio) notched a career-high nine caroms to lead the Bobcats, who collected 14 offensive boards.
Ohio was powered by 13 and 10 points from seniors Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) and Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.), respectively. Kohn also led the Bobcats with a career-high six assists, while Butler's Tara Miller had five to lead the Bulldogs. Butler's Candace Jones also posted four steals.
Neither team shot particularly well from 3-point range, with Ohio connecting on just one of nine attempts (11.1 percent) and Butler making just six of 21 (28.6 percent). For the game, Butler made 39.1 percent (18-for-46) of its shots from the field, while the Bobcats made 39 percent of their attempts (23- for-59).
The Bobcat defense did force 16 turnovers, including eight by Akande, but committed 18 themselves.
Ohio also held an 18-6 advantage in bench scoring.
Butler led by as many as 10 in the first half (31-21) when Susan Lester made a 3-pointer with 3:05 remaining, but Ohio closed the half on a 7-1 run with five points from Cain and a jumper by sophomore Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio).
The game seesawed back and forth in the second half with senior Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) connecting on a jumper from the right elbow with
2:28 left to give the Bobcats their last lead at 58-57.
Ohio will be back in action Tuesday in the Convocation Center at 7 p.m. when it hosts South Alabama.