As each game gets marked off the Ohio schedule, the importance grows. That means each loss means more and more, and the Bobcat women’s 73-43 loss to Buffalo on Wednesday night was a killer.
Ohio plainly played its worst game of the season. Three of the five Bobcat starters had more personal fouls than points scored. The 43 points scored was the lowest of the season, as was Ohio’s 20.3 percent field goal percentage.
The dead-cold Bobcats converted just 12 shots, nine of which came from beyond the arc. Senior Dominique Doseck fouled out after scoring just two points, and sophomore Cece Hooks played with four fouls while scoring just a single point.
Junior guard Amani Burke had a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Burke converted half of Ohio’s shots, and was one of three players to make at least two field goals.
The Bobcats trailed the Bulls by as many as 31 points in the fourth quarter when Ohio played its bench and score eight points. Ohio didn’t score more than 13 points in a quarter.
Buffalo senior guard Cierra Dillard, who entered as the third-highest scorer in the nation, went off for 35 points. Sophomore Bulls forward Summer Hemphill scored 11 points while grabbing 18 rebounds. Ohio’s starting five grabbed 17 rebounds altogether.
Buffalo (18-8, 10-5 Mid-American Conference) threw itself right back into the MAC East Division race. The Bulls can inch closer when they host Miami on Saturday.
Ohio (22-4, 11-4 MAC) are losers of two of their last four games. The Bobcats travel to Akron on Saturday for a 5 p.m. tip-off. The game can be watched on ESPN3.
Ohio had a chance to retrieve first place in the MAC East as Miami fell to Kent State on Wednesday. Now, the standings will remain stagnant with Buffalo gaining a game, but halted at third place behind No. 2 Ohio and No. 1 Miami.