Jan. 22, 2005
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee jumped out to a 24-3 lead and withstood a barrage of Butler second-half three-pointers to claim a 66-61 victory in Horizon League women's basketball action here Saturday (Jan. 22). The Panthers won for the second consecutive game and improved to 8-9 overall and 5-2 in league action. With the loss Butler lost for the first time in four games and fell to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in league action.
"This was a great victory for us," UWM head coach Sandy Botham said. "We had the big lead and then they got really hot. We were still able to keep our poise late and we made some really big plays when it came time to win the game."
The Panthers could do no wrong in the early moments of the game and scored 24 of the game's first 27 points. Seven different players scored during the opening stretch as Milwaukee hit 10-of-15 shots in the span. Meanwhile, Butler started the game missing five of its first six shots and committing eight turnovers in the first nine minutes of play.
Butler called a timeout at the 12:06 mark and was able to regroup from that point on. The Bulldogs went on a 21-4 scoring run over the next 7:58 to get to within four, 28-24, on a Maria Marchesano three-pointer with 4:06 left in the half. The two teams traded baskets the remainder of the half and Milwaukee went into the lockerroom with a 31-27 cushion.
UWM shots 43.3% from the floor in the first half while connecting on four-of-10 three pointers. Bulter shot 41.7% overall but nailed six-of-10 from downtown in the first half.
Milwaukee raced out again to begin the second half and quickly established an 11-point lead, 40-29, after three straight layups by Teri Huff, Nichole Drummond, and Molly O'Brien. The Panthers continued to play well and went up by 14 points, 49-35, when Huff scored with 14:06 remaining in the game.
The Bulldogs then caught fire from downtown and got to within one, 57-56, on another Marchesano three-ball with 4:39 to play. Butler outscored 21-12 in the 9:27 stretch thanks to four three-point baskets. After a pair of Ellen Hamilton free throws Butler came all the way back and grabbed its only lead of the game, 61-60, when Jessica Monaco drilled a baseline three-pointer with 3:05 to play.
However the surge wouldn't last for Butler as Milwaukee scored the last six points of the game to win going away. Aubrey Hampton scored on a driving layup to give UWM the lead again, 62-61, with 2:28 to play. Megan Rogers scored on UWM's next possession and two O'Brien free throws with 10 seconds left sealed the deal.
"UWM really played well, especially early," Butler coach Beth Couture said. "I am proud of the way my team battled but its just so hard to spend all that energy coming back from a big deficit. We needed some things to go our way down the stretch and it just didn't happen."
Milwaukee connected on 26-of-52 shots on the day, reaching the 50.0% clip for the second straight game. The Panthers nailed seven-of-17 (41.2%) from long range while outrebounding the guests 32-28. Butler drilled a season-high 13 three-pointers on the game and shot 59.1% from three-point territory. UWM was able to score 31 points on 21 BU turnovers.
Kimberly Becker led a balanced UWM attack with 14 points and eight rebounds. Drummond added 13 points with O'Brien and Rogers adding 11 points apiece. Hamilton led Butler with 16 points with Jackie Closser adding 13. Monaco and Marchesano each reached double-figures with 11 points apiece.