Nov. 26, 2006
Athens, Ohio - Freshman Susan Lester put together the most dominant performance of her young career, notching a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, but Ohio held the Bulldogs to a season-low 26.5 percent from the field while hitting 52.3 of their shots en route to a 84-53 decision at the Convocation Center on Sunday (Nov. 26) afternoon.
Lester, earning her first career start against Ohio, followed up a career-high 16 points in the Bulldogs last outing with a game-best 24 against the Bobcats, going 8-of-20 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. She also pulled in a career-best 12 rebounds on the night to lead all players.
The difference in shooting efficiency, however, would prove costly for the Bulldogs, as Butler netted only 18 of their 68 attempts from the field while the Bobcats hit more than half of their shots in the contest. Ohio also held a significant edge in the paint, scoring 44 points to the Bulldogs' 24.
After a close start in the first six minutes, the Bobcats closed out the half on a 33-11 run to take a 45-22 advantage into the locker room. The Bulldogs rallied out of the gates in the second period, scoring the first seven points unanswered but could not get any closer than 14 points in the half.
Senior Jackie Closser also finished in double-figures with 10 points. Ohio touted four players with double-figure scoring, including Rachel Frederick who notched a double-double with 23 points and 11 boards.
The Bulldogs return Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday (Nov. 29) when they host cross-town rival IUPUI beginning at 7:00 p.m.