January 31, 2005

Bulldogs Show Grit in 70-52 Loss at League-Leading UWGB

Jan. 31, 2005

Box Score

Butler held league-leading UW-Green Bay without a field goal for nine minutes in the second half and got an offensive burst from senior Maria Marchesano, as the Bulldogs tried to overcome a large first-half deficit at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis., Monday night. However, the Bulldogs couldn't quite climb over the hump as the Phoenix posted a 70-52 win. With the win, the Phoenix improve to 19-2 overall and 10-0 in Horizon League play, while the Bulldogs fall to 8-11 (2-6).

Marchesano had 13 points, all in the second half, hitting 3-of-4 three-point attempts, leading the Bulldogs back from a deficit that extended to as many as 28 with 16:26 to play. Marchesano's trey with 7:57 to play pulled the Bulldogs within 14 at 59-45. The Phoenix shot 58 percent in the first half to take a 40-21 lead that looked insurmountable at the time.

"We've been struggling with our effort lately, especially Saturday against Wright State," said coach Beth Couture. "When you're trying to build a program and playing a lot of young players, you have to show up every night in terms of effort. We didn't give up in the second half and that's encouraging. We also got a little more physical tonight.

"Obviously Green Bay has the best post play and guard play in the conference. If you back down from them, they can put up 90 or 100 easy and you don't get over that for a few games. (UWGB coach Kevin Borseth) has the luxury of being able to bring in players, help them develop and see the team's success before he calls on them to really contribute."

Foul trouble plagued the Bulldogs, as senior Cortney Urquhart fouled out and forwards Ashley Brenden and Candace Bain picked up their respective fourth fouls early in the second half. That opened the door for UWGB's post players to take charge. Sophomore Nicole Soulis came off the bench to score a game-high 18, while starting forwards Tiffany Mor and Amy Fieck added 16 and 12. Those outputs were needed because the Bulldogs held preseason league "Player of the Year" Abby Scharlow to two points.

UW-Green Bay shot just 32 percent in the second half, cooling its game average to 44 percent. Butler limited the Phoenix to four three-pointers. However, UWGB turned 25 Butler fouls into a 20-of-28 performance from the free throw line. Butler countered with 38-percent shooting, including a 6-of-16 output from long range. The Bulldogs committed 21 turnovers to just 11 for the home team.

Marchesano's 13 points were the high for Butler, while Jessica Monaco and Ellen Hamilton each added seven points. Five players tied for the team lead with four rebounds, as UWGB held a slight 33-32 edge on the glass. The Bulldogs went 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. Bain and Jessica Smart each made their first appearance in the Butler starting lineup.

The Bulldogs return home to host Detroit Thursday. The game is the opener of a Butler basketball doubleheader and tips at 5:30 p.m. Saturday's game against Cleveland State is slated for 2 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse and will be shown live on Comcast locally in Indianapolis and on tape delay on Fox Sports Ohio. The game is also Butler's "Shoot for a Cure: Honoring the fight against Breast Cancer" promotion.