Jan. 7, 2006
UIC placed five players in double figures and had another add nine points, as the Flames posted an 83-64 win over Butler Saturday afternoon in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Freshman Lade Akande led the Bulldogs with game-high totals of 25 points and nine rebounds. The Flames improve to 6-8 (2-1 Horizon League) with the conference victory, while the Bulldogs fall to 6-7 (2-1).
UIC opened the game by scoring the first six points before the Bulldogs pulled within one at 11-10 after Akande's second field goal of the game at the 12:10 mark of the first half. The Flames then went on a 10-0 run over the next 3:30 to take a 21-10 lead they would not relinquish. The Flames led 35-21 at the half, as Butler committed 14 turnovers and missed all four attempts from behind the arc in the first half. It was Butler's first half of the season without a three-point field goal.
Butler's first trey of the game came from Jackie Closser at the 15:36 mark and cut the UIC advantage to 13 at 44-31 before the Flames again found a 9-0 spurt to take a 22-point lead at 53-31. UIC opened the second half by hitting nine of its first 11 attempts on its way to 64-percent shooting in the second half. Butler cut the lead to 15 with 3:53 to play before falling by the 19-point final.
Akande went 8-of-15 from the floor for the Bulldogs and made nine of her 17 attempts at the charity stripe. Closser added 13 points and five assists. She now has 237 assists, good for tenth on Butler's career list. Sophomore Cassie Freeman got her first start since the third game of the season and responded by tying a career-high with seven rebounds. Freshman Candyce Brown scored the first six points of her Butler career to go along with two rebounds and two assists.
LaShonda Grant and Chrissy Dizon led the Flames with 14 points apiece. Nicole Rinaldi (12), Jacquay Holmes (12), Krystal Hugelier (10) and Kelly True (nine) added considerably to the 83-point total. UIC shot 47 percent for the game, compared to 38 percent for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs will attempt to end their two-game skid Thursday (Jan. 12) when they host Horizon League foe Detroit at 7 p.m. Free video and audio of the contest will be available live at both www.butlersports.com and www.horizonleague.com.