The Butler womens basketball team moved to 5-0 on the season with an 85-31 win over the Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa Mavericks on Tuesday night in Tonkawa, Okla.
Jamillah Bonner scored 24 points, five rebounds and seven steals to lead the Grizzlies, who ended the game with a 41-9 run.
The Mavericks held a 5-4 lead early in the contest, but it would be their only lead of the game. Butler quickly scored eight consecutive points to take a 12-5 and would eventually jump out to an 18-9 lead midway through the first half. Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa cut the deficit to 19-15, but the Grizzlies pulled away with a 21-2 run to end the half. Shayla Williams would hit a three-pointer right before the buzzer to give Butler a 40-17 halftime lead.
Butler would make a 10-0 run midway through the second half to increase the lead to 59-24 with 12:18 left in the game. The Grizzlies would end the game by scoring the final 20 points of the contest.
In addition to Bonner's 24 points, the Grizzlies had three other players score in double figures. Chelsea Hodison had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Katie Anderson finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Bethany Howard added 10 points.
Butler shot 47 percent (33-of-71) from the field and limited the Mavericks to just 23 percent shooting (14-of-62). Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa shot just 16 percent (6-of-38) in the second half.
Next up for the Grizzlies will be a home contest against Redlands (Okla.) on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Butler men fall 64-59 to Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa
The Butler mens basketball team suffered a tough 64-59 road defeat to the Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa Mavericks on Tuesday night in Tonkawa, Okla.
Bakari Triggs led the Grizzlies with 15 points, while Sean Osler added 13 for the Grizzlies (4-2 overall).
Butler led through most of the first half, leading as much as 19-10 midway through the first half. Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa would battle back and take its first lead of the game, 29-27, with 3:03 remaining. The Mavericks would increase the lead to 37-30 at halftime.
The Grizzlies closed the deficit to three points on three separate occassions in the second half, with the last time coming on three-point baskets from Bakari Triggs and Osler with 4:52 left in the contest to make the score 57-54.
Osler would hit another three-pointer from the top of the key with 48.9 seconds to pull Butler within two, 61-59. However, the Mavericks would hit 3-of-4 foul shots down the stretch to win the game.
The Butler men will host Friends JV on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Power Plant.