Jan. 12, 2005
Using 55 percent second-half shooting and hitting half their attempts from long range, the Bulldogs shot down visiting IUPUI, 64-48, Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Senior Cortney Urquhart led three Bulldogs in double figures with 14 points, as Butler improves to 6-8 with the non-conference win. The Jaguars fall to 2-12 on the season.
Urquhart hit seven of her 11 attempts from the field, leading the Bulldogs to 43-percent marksmanship, including 16-of-29 (55 percent) in the second half as the Bulldogs broke open a six-point halftime advantage. The team nailed 9-of-18 three-pointers, led by three from sophomore Ellen Hamilton en route to her 11 points. Six Butler players hit trifectas in the contest, as Butler missed only one of six attempts from behind the arc in the second half.
Sophomore Ashley Brenden added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Butler committed a season-low 11 turnovers, handling the Jaguars' full-court pressure defense with ease for most of the game. Butler opened the second half with an 18-5 run to turn a 26-20 contest into a 44-25 advantage.
"I'm really proud of the team tonight, especially the intensity and effort we played with," said coach Beth Couture. "It was fun to watch some of the shots that hadn't been falling before go in tonight. We definitely gained confidence as the game went along. The key to this game was handling their press and only turning the ball over 11 times."
Butler used a 16-3 run in the first half to turn a 9-5 deficit into a 21-12 lead after an Urquhart jumper with 5:48 to play in the half. The run lasted nearly 11 minutes, as Butler held the Jaguars to just one field goal during the span. Senior Maria Marchesano came off the bench to lead the Bulldogs with six points in the first frame.
The Bulldogs exploded in the second half, enjoying their biggest lead of the game at 52-31 after a Stephanie Boeke fast-break layup with 9:35 to play. All 14 Bulldogs saw action in the contest, with 11 cracking the scoring column. Sophomore Jackie Closser tied her career-high with seven assists.
Junior Brooke McAfee led the Jaguars with 16 points and 12 rebounds. She was the only IUPUI player in double figures. The Jaguars shot a season-low 27 percent (17-64) from the field, but did hold a 48-37 advantage on the boards, including a 23-9 edge on the offensive glass. In an indication of how tough a night it was for the Jaguars, IUPUI shot 9-of-18 from the free throw line, while Butler shot an identical mark from three-point range.
The Bulldogs return to Horizon League action Saturday in Detroit as the second half of a men's/women's doubleheader at Calihan Hall. The women will tip at approximately 4:30 p.m. EST, or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Butler-Detroit men's game. The game is the only game this season not available on www.butlersports.com, but Detroit's Web site, www.detroittitans.com, offers an Internet broadcast of the women's game.