Butler's 48 Second-Half Points Not Enough as UIC Wins, 74-70
Feb. 9, 2005
Chrissy Dizon hit two free throws with 16 seconds to play, icing a 74-70 win for host UIC Wednesday afternoon at the UIC Pavilion. The Bulldogs scored 48 second-half points, pulling within two on two occasions in the second half. Senior Cortney Urquhart led the Bulldogs with 20 points. With the win, UIC improves to 12-11 (9-3 Horizon League), while the Bulldogs fall to 10-12 (4-7).
Urquhart went 7-of-17 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. She added a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore Jackie Closser added 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Ashley Brenden chipped in 10 points, all in the second half. Butler shot 50 percent in the second half, including seven treys to mount the comeback.
An Urquhart lay-up with 7:49 to play pulled the Bulldogs within two at 58-56, capping a 15-5 run that erased a 12-point deficit. The Flames' advantage would again reach eight with 1:39 to play before back-to-back three-pointers by Maria Marchesano and Closser got the Bulldogs within two with 17 seconds to play. Dizon then hit two free throws for the final score.
Butler shot 40 percent for the game, compared to a 44-percent mark for the Flames. Butler held a 39-35 advantage on the boards. UIC's LaShonda Grant had five of the Flames' eight threes, leading four Flames in double figures with 17 points. Coach Beth Couture inserted junior Jessica Smart to hound Grant mid-way through the second half, helping to ignite the Butler rally, as Smart limited her old high school teammate to just three points in the final 14 minutes of the game.
The Flames took a 34-22 advantage into the half, scoring the final eight points of the half. UIC jumped out to an early 9-2 lead before the Bulldogs responded with a 9-0 run of their own to take their only lead of the half at 11-9 with 11:48 to play. Urquhart had 12 of the Bulldogs' 22 first-half points, but the team only shot 7-of-26 from the field, while the Flames countered with 47-percent accuracy. Jacquay Holmes and Dejeanette Flournoy combined for 20 of the team's 34 first-half points.
A large crowd of local teenage students was on hand, celebrating "National Women and Girls in Sports Day" with a morning program and noon tip. The attendance set a new women's basketball record at UIC.
The Bulldogs continue their three-game road swing Saturday at Youngstown State. Butler scored a 67-54 win over the Penguins Jan. 20 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Saturday's 2 p.m. tip can be heard live on www.butlersports.com. After another mid-week trip to Chicago, Thursday, Feb. 17, Butler returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse, Saturday, Feb. 19 to face the Flames once again.