Bulldogs Win at Wright State, 50-43
Jan. 31, 2004
The Bulldogs extended their winning streak to three with a 50-43 win at Wright State Saturday. Freshman Ellen Hamilton's 15 points led the Butler attack, as the Bulldogs improve to 8-11 overall and even their league record at 4-4. The Raiders drop to 6-13 and 3-6 in league action. With the win, the Bulldogs take the season series with the Raiders.
Senior Nancy Bowden added 11 points, including a 5-of-5 performance from the free throw line. Bowden also added seven assists and seven steals. Junior Cortney Urquhart came off the bench to score eight points.
The Raiders out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 43-35, and committed one less turnover than Butler (21-20), but could not solve the Bulldogs' zone. The Raiders shot only 30 percent (17-56) for the game and made only seven of their 17 free throws.
Angie Ott led Wright State with 11 points, while Iesha Gray added nine. The Bulldogs held Gray to 3-of-11 shooting after she scored 27 points in the first meeting this season between the two teams.
Butler used a 12-5 run over the last five minutes of the first half to turn a 16-12 deficit into a 26-21 halftime advantage. Hamilton's nine first-half points led the Bulldogs. The Raiders shot 4-of-11 from the free throw line in the first stanza.
The Bulldogs continue their three-game road trip Thursday at Detroit. Butler will be looking to avenge a 66-60 loss suffered at the hands of the Titans Jan. 17 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The tip is set for 4:30.
From there, the Bulldogs travel to Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday to face league-leading Cleveland State. The Bulldogs' next home game is Thursday, Feb. 12 against UIC. All of the Bulldog action, whether on the road or at Hinkle Fieldhouse, can be heard live on the Internet at www.butlersports.com.