DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Ohio women's basketball team (5-2, 0-0 MAC) fell to Butler (5-2, 0-0 Big East), 60-55, on Saturday afternoon at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.
"We knew Butler was good defensively because of the amount of turnovers they force and steals that they get," head coach Bob Boldon said. "We tried to take care of the basketball and get good shots, but I thought they were just better than us. The good news is, it's the last day of November and we still have the rest of December to try and get better."
Junior guard Cece Hooks (Dayton, Ohio) had two steals, putting her over the career steals record at Ohio with 231 in her career. Hooks passed Kiki Lampkins for most steals in school history. Hooks had five points, four rebounds and three assists.
Senior guard Amani Burke (Columbus, Ohio) had a season-high 30 points after shooting 11-of-22 and 6-of-13 from behind the arc. Burke was three points off her career-high 33, which she set last season. Burke had six steals, four rebounds and two assists.
"(Amani) gave us a chance," Boldon added. "Unfortunately we didn't get much else statistically from other people. We're not a one-person show, we never have been and never will be. She gave us a nice effort, it was nice to see. As you go through this tournament, you get a couple kids who played well yesterday and a couple who played well today. You just hope it's a learning experience with a week of practice coming up and a game against IUPUI."
Overall, Ohio shot 20-of-61 (32.8 percent) from the field and 7-of-25 (28 percent) from behind the three-point line. Butler was 16-of-50 (32.0 percent) overall and 5-of-19 (26.3 percent). Ohio was 8-11 from the free-throw line while Butler was 23-of-31.
Ohio was outrebounded by Butler, 49-31. Butler had 21 offensive rebounds while Ohio had 15. Johnson led the way with nine while Hooks and Burke had four each. Kroll had three while Barker, redshirt sophomore forward Deesh Beck (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and redshirt junior guard Katie Barker (Cary, Ill.) had two apiece.
Ohio had 13 assists and out assisted Butler by three. Johnson led with six while Hooks had three, Burke had two and Kroll and Barker with one each.
The Bobcats will continue nonconference play at home against IUPUI on Dec. 7 at The Convo.