January 13, 2004

Closser's Career-High 15 Points Lead Bulldogs Over IUPUI, 63-48

Jan. 13, 2004

Box Score

Freshman Jackie Closser came off the bench to hit 4-of-6 three-pointers Tuesday night at IUPUI, sparking a 63-48 Butler win. Closser's 15 points were a career high. Cortney Urquhart posted 18 points and 13 rebounds for the now 5-10 Bulldogs, while senior Angel Mason added 12 points and 12 boards. The Jaguars fall to 3-11 with the loss.

Closser played 26 minutes in the game, including filling in for Nancy Bowden at the point when the senior was forced to the bench with her second foul with 8:11 remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs led 16-12 at that point. Butler maintained its first-half lead, heading into the half with a 26-20 advantage.

A Natalie Hendricks jumper for IUPUI with 11:15 remaining in the game squared things at 37, but the Bulldogs would mount a 17-4 run over the next five-plus minutes to take a 54-41 lead and put the game out of reach.

Mason added six assists and five steals on the night, causing the Jaguars fits by playing the passing lanes. Urquhart's 13 rebounds included nine on the offensive glass, but the junior struggled from the field, connecting on 8-of-23 attempts. Freshman Ellen Hamilton added seven points for the Bulldogs, who out-rebounded IUPUI 37-35, including an 18-11 advantage on the offensive boards.

For the game, the Jaguars shot 41 percent (20-49), barely edging the Bulldogs' 39 percent (25-64) mark. But the Bulldogs forced IUPUI into 27 turnovers and contested most of the Jaguars' outside looks, holding the home team to 5-of-18 shooting from three-point range. Kia Hayes led the Jaguars in the loss with 21 points and six rebounds. Hendricks was the only other IUPUI player to score in double figures, posted 11 points.

The Bulldogs return to Horizon League action Saturday in the second half of a men's/women's doubleheader at Hinkle Fieldhouse against conference-leading Detroit. The men's game begins at noon, with the women's tilt set to tip at approximately 2 p.m.