Feb. 7, 2004
The Bulldogs' dropped their second consecutive game Saturday, falling 80-61 at Cleveland State. With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 8-13 on the season and 4-6 in league play. The Vikings remain a half-game behind league-leading UW-Green Bay with their 8-2 Horizon League record and 11-10 overall mark. Senior Nancy Bowden's 14 points led the Bulldogs.
Ashley Schrock led the Vikings with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, while the league's leading scorer, Shannon Sword, added 21 points. Sword went 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Sophomore Erin Martin added 14 points, including four three-pointers.
The Bulldogs' shooting woes continued, as the Bulldogs hit 39 percent (22-56) of their shots from the field, 2-of 16 (13 percent) three-pointers and only 42 percent (15-36) of their free throws. Bowden was the only Bulldog in double figures, while Dionne Goodwin had a team-high nine rebounds.
Cleveland State came out of the blocks strong in the second half and held a steady 20-point lead for much of the last 12 minutes of the game.
The Vikings took a 40-34 lead into the intermission behind 17 first-half points from Schrock. Ellen Hamilton's nine points led the Bulldogs at the break, as Butler struggled to overcome 39 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes. Cleveland State made half their shots in the first frame, including a hot stretch midway through the half when the Vikings used an 18-3 run to go from down 19-13 to ahead 31-22 after a pair of free throws from Mandy Sichting at the 4:40 mark.
Goodwin left the game with an injury with 5:55 remaining and did not return. She will be evaluated in the next few days and her status for the Bulldogs' next game is uncertain.
The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse to face the Flames of UIC Thursday at 7 p.m. The homestand continues Saturday as Youngstown State visits for a Valentine's Day affair at 2 p.m. If you can't make it to Hinkle, follow the action live on www.butlersports.com as Josh Rattray and Melinda Quasius broadcast the game live.