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Bobcats Handle Butler

Nov. 26, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - Rachel Frederick (Gibsonia, Pa.) recorded her second-consecutive double-double as the Ohio women's basketball team dominated the Butler Bulldogs and earned an 84-53 victory Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats (3-0, 0-0) finished 34-for-65 (52.3-percent) from the floor, 6-for-14 from behind the three-point line and scored 44 points in the paint compared to just 24 for Butler (1-4, 0-0). The Bobcats shot 10-of-12 (83.3-percent) from the free throw line while allowing the Bulldogs 17 total attempts from the line.

For the third consecutive game the Bobcats received solid offensive efforts from their starting lineup, with four of the five starters scoring in double figures. Frederick led the Bobcats with 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. She added 11 rebounds, two steals and two assists in the victory. Lauren Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Domenica Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) added 12 points and blocked three shots. Junior point guard Quintana Ward (Park Forest, Ill.) scored 10 points and dished out eight assists, while only committing one turnover.

The Bobcats also received solid play from their bench and outscored Butler's reserves 19-11. The Bobcat reserves went 9-for-17 (52.9-percent) from the floor and were led by Jennifer Bushby's (Gahanna, Ohio) eight points.

Susan Lester led the Bulldogs with 24 points and 12 rebounds as Butler shot 18-for-68 (26.5-percent) for the game. Jackie Closser was the only other Bulldog in double figures with 10 points in the loss.

Ohio's tough defense set the tone all afternoon. The Bobcats recorded seven steals and held the Bulldogs to 26.5 percent from the floor and 21.7 percent from three-point territory, while forcing them into 14 turnovers. Ohio's defense also helped them win the points off of turnovers battle 12-7. There were only three lead changes in the game and Ohio's largest lead increased to as many as 31 points, which would be the Bobcats final margin of victory.

The Bobcats began the game with an 8-2 run and would never look back. The run was capped by a Silva lay-up off an assist from Ward at the 17:01 mark.

Ohio's defense ruled the first half, as the Bobcats forced the Bulldogs into 9 turnovers. The Bobcats would capitalize on Butler's mistakes by scoring eight points off the Bulldog turnovers. The Bobcats went on a 33-11 run over the last 13 minutes of the first half that gave them a 45-22 lead going into halftime. Ohio held Butler to 29 percent shooting from the floor and 25 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Frederick paced the Bobcats in the first half with 15 points and 2 rebounds, while shooting 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-4 from behind the arc. Ward chipped in with 7 points and 5 first half assists. The Bobcats shot 19-for-33 (57.6-percent) from the floor and 4-for-8 (50-percent) from the three-point line in the half.

In the second half, the Bulldogs came out focused. Butler started on a 7-0 run through the first minute of the half, Ohio would weather the storm. The Bobcats would hold off the Bulldogs and go on a 22-5 run that would span less than seven minutes to put the game away for good. Ohio held the Bulldogs to just 24.3 percent from the floor in the half on 9-of-37 shooting and forced Butler into five second half turnovers.

The Bobcats now look to win their fourth consecutive game when they host the Lehigh Mountain Hawks Friday, Dec. 1. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., in The Convo.


Ohio is off to a 3-0 start under new head coach Sylvia Crawley.

The last time a Bobcat women's basketball team started a season 3-0 was during the 1994-95 season. The 94-95 Bobcats won their first four games before suffering a defeat. The 94-95 team also went on to become MAC Co-Champions.