January 4, 2006

Winning Streak Ends as Butler Falls to IUPUI, 62-54

Jan. 4, 2006

Box Score

Butler had its four-game winning streak snapped Wednesday, shooting just 28 percent from the field in a 62-54 loss at IUPUI. Junior Jackie Closser had a game-high 19 points for the Bulldogs, who also got 15 points from freshman Lade Akande. Both teams stand at 6-6 after the non-league contest.

Butler struggled mightily from the field in the first half, connecting on just four of 31 attempts. IUPUI wasn't much better, shooting just 31 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, but it was enough to take a 24-14 halftime advantage.

"(IUPUI) just wanted it more than we did tonight," said Butler coach Beth Couture. "We came out extremely passive and missed shots. When we finally got aggressive, we were able to put some points on the board and mount a comeback, but it was just too late."

Closser rallied her team with 14 points in the second half, including four of her five three-pointers. Butler improved to 41 percent shooting in the second half, but the Jaguars raised their accuracy level as well, shooting 52 percent in the second frame.

Down 16 with 13 minutes to play, Butler got the lead down to five at 46-41 with 6:44 to play after a Stephanie Boeke lay-up. However, the Jaguars responded by scoring the next eight points to put the game out of reach.

Boeke had eight points to go along with 10 rebounds. The 10 boards matched her career-high, while her six assists set a new personal best. The Bulldogs turned the ball over a season-low 14 times and were only out-rebounded, 48-44, but couldn't overcome their season-low 18-of-65 (.277) shooting.

Kia Hayes led IUPUI with 17 points. She was one of four Jaguars in double figures, joined by Erin Guy (16 points), Jernisha Guy (12 points, 14 rebounds) and Brooke McAfee (11 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks).

The 14 points in a half were the fewest of the season for Butler, which posted 20 points in the opening halves of both the Purdue and Saint Mary's contests in November. Butler had two separate scoreless stretches that lasted more than four minutes apiece in the opening half.

The Bulldogs return to Horizon League action Saturday (Jan. 7) when UIC comes to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a 2 p.m. contest. Live video and audio of the game will be available free at both www.butlersports.com and www.horizonleague.com.