Big Second Half Lifts UWM Past Butler, 76-49
Jan. 3, 2005
Visiting UW-Milwaukee used a 31-11 run in the second half and a career-high 24 points from junior Molly O'Brien to run away with a 76-49 win over Butler Monday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Senior Maria Marchesano had 16 points to pace the Bulldogs, who fall to 5-7 (0-2 Horizon League). The Panthers improve to 4-7 (1-1) on the year.
O'Brien's big night came on 10-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc. She scored 15 of the Panthers' first 21 points, finishing the opening frame with 17 points and a 33-24 UWM advantage. Marchesano and classmate Cortney Urquhart kept the Bulldogs in the game in the first half, combining for 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting. The other Bulldogs went 2-of-15 in the opening 20 minutes.
A baseline jumper from freshman Ashley Conner cut the UWM advantage to eight at 41-33 with 15:53 to play before the Panthers went on a 31-11 run to put the game out of reach. UW-Milwaukee shot 56 percent in the second half, including 5-of-6 from three-point range. For the game, the Panthers hit 10 of 16 from behind the arc.
Urquhart added 12 for the Bulldogs, who shot just 33 percent from the field. Butler committed 24 turnovers, while forcing the Panthers into 21 of their own. For the game, UWM shot 53 percent (29-55) and out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 38-29. Marchesano and junior Gina Grussing each had a team-high five rebounds for Butler.
For the Panthers, Terri Huff had 12 points, while Nichole Drummond added 10.
The Bulldogs continue their three-game homestand Saturday (Jan. 8) when defending Horizon League champion and preseason favorite UW-Green Bay visits Hinkle Fieldhouse. The women's game is the second game of a men's/women's doubleheader. Butler's men's team takes on the Phoenix at noon, while the women's tip is set for 3 p.m. The game can be heard live on www.butlersports.com.