January 8, 2004

Late Free Throws Lead Panthers Over Butler

Jan. 8, 2004

Box Score

Freshman Ellen Hamilton hit five three-pointers Thursday at UW-Milwaukee, but the Bulldogs couldn't overcome a late seven-point Panther lead, falling 64-59. Maria Viall led the Panthers (5-7, 2-0) with 24 points and eight rebounds. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 4-9 on the season and 1-2 in league play.

Hamilton's career high 17 points came on 5-of-8 shooting from behind the arc in addition to a pair of free throws. Center Cortney Urquhart added 10 points and a season-high seven steals for the Bulldogs, who played without senior Dionne Goodwin, who was out with an injury.

Hamilton hit two quick bombs as part of an 8-0 Butler run to start the game. The Bulldogs took a 26-25 lead into the intermission, capitalizing on Viall's quick two first-half fouls. Neither team shot above 37 percent in the first half and the teams combined for 19 turnovers.

Viall would score the Panthers' first 10 points of the second half to counter an early Bulldog run that put the visitors ahead, 39-31. The Panthers shot 52 percent in the second half. The Panthers would hold a lead for much of the second half, but the Bulldogs would not surrender without a fight. Down 58-51 with 2:00 to play, the Bulldogs would get a Nancy Bowden jumper and a three-pointer from Hamilton to pull within two at 58-56 with 39 seconds to play.

After two Aubrey Hampton free throws, Jessica Monaco hit a three with 18 seconds remaining to pull the Bulldogs within one at 60-59. Hampton would hit four more free throws in the closing seconds to seal the win for the Panthers.

Bowden had seven points and nine assists for the Bulldogs. Nichole Drummond came off the bench for the Panthers to post 10 points, the only UW-Milwaukee player to score in double figures other than Viall.

The Bulldogs continue the Wisconsin portion of their schedule Saturday at UW-Green Bay. The tip is scheduled for 3 p.m. CST. Butler's next home game is Jan. 17 when the Titans of Detroit come to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a men's/women's doubleheader.