EL DORADO — ReVon Nero scored 28 points to lead the Butler Grizzlies to a 76-69 win over No. 17 Northern Oklahoma-Enid on Tuesday night at the Power Plant.
With the victory Butler improves to 7-3 on the year and now have won 24 consecutive games at the Power Plant.
"She bought in to what we are doing," Butler head coach Mike Helmer said, "She did a great job using the scouting report to her advantage."
Nero's 28 points is the most for a Grizzly player since Kyla Callins had 29 points on Jan. 6, 2018.
"I just put it on myself to do better," Nero said after having only eight points on 3-of-11 shooting in their first meeting. "We, as a team, put it on ourselves to always do better after games like that."
Butler lost to NOC-Enid on Nov. 11 in Enid, where the Grizzlies had 39 turnovers.
The Grizzlies used a 7-0 start to the game to put the Jets behind mark at the start. The defense was suffocating. They held NOC-Enid to 0-of-3 to start the game and three turnovers. It was not until Butler led 9-1 when the Jets finally found the bottom of the net.
Butler went on a 12-3 run in the middle of the first to push their lead out to double digits. It was the reason Butler was fueled to a 28-14 lead after the first quarter and made it 30-14 right out of the gate to start the second quarter.
That is when NOC-Enid made their comeback.
NOC-Enid's Kaylee Hursts made a couple of three-pointers and Tanara Combs copied her and just like the Jets were back in it.
The Grizzlies held of NOC-Enid for the 38-36 lead at the break.
Nero started off the second half right, making a lay up only 40 seconds into the half. Jaelynn McLaurian scored all seven of her points in a span of 90 seconds as Butler was able to turn a one-point advantage into an eight-point lead with 5:08 to go in the third. Butler capped it off when Camille Downs hit a three-pushing the lead to 51-39 with 3:08 to go.
The Grizzlies defense held NOC-Enid without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the third quarter. Over the span, the Jets made three free throws but that's it.
Once again, NOC-Enid made a push to get back into the game. It was slow and methodical, including trailing 57-52 after three quarters.
After Shelby Black made a three-pointer to give NOC-Enid their first lead of the game at 61-60 with 7:00 remaining, the Grizzlies answered back with a 10-0 run, where Nero scored seven of the 10, giving Butler a comfortable lead.
Nero scored her 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting, pulled down five rebounds and had three steals in the victory.
Downs had 17 points and five rebounds. Tamara Nard had 14 points and six rebounds. McLaurian and Dana Johnson both contributed seven points each off the bench.
"Last year was super easy because I had so many returners," Helmer said. "This year with 8 new ones, they're looking at me like 'we're going to be fine, we're Butler.' Well, we're not Butler. The things people did in the past are Butler. We have to earn that butler label Until we do we have to learning how to buy-in."
The Grizzlies will take the rest of the week off as they travel to Liberal, Kansas for their conference opener against No. 2 Seward County on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Greenhouse on the campus of Seward County. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
"I'm excited to get to play Jayhawk [Conference] basketball," Nero said.