February 11, 2006

UW-Milwaukee Tops Butler, 74-62, Saturday

Feb. 11, 2006

Box Score

Nichole Drummond and Traci Edwards combined for 45 points, leading visiting UW-Milwaukee past Butler, 74-62, Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Sophomore Cassie Freeman paced the Bulldogs with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. With the win, the Panthers improve to 14-8 (9-2 Horizon League), while the Bulldogs fall to 12-11 (7-5).

Butler lead for much of the first half before an Aubri Rote jumper with 4:09 to play in the first half gave UWM a 26-25 advantage. The Panthers took a 35-31 advantage into the intermission. The visitors extended the lead to eight with 17:15 to play before a Jackie Closser three-pointer at the 12:36 mark pulled Butler within one at 47-46. After trading baskets, UWM scored the next six points to re-take a seven-point advantage (55-48) with 9:07 to play.

A Candace Jones trey pulled Butler within four, 59-55, with 6:30 to play, but the Panthers closed the game by scoring 15 of the final 22 points for the 74-62 win. The 12-point cushion was the largest of the game.

Edwards had 23 points and nine rebounds for UW-Milwaukee, keying a 50-30 advantage in points in the paint for the Panthers. Drummond added 22 points. The duo combined to shoot 20-of-27 from the field, as UWM shot 60 percent for the contest. Meredith Onson added nine assists.

Butler shot a respectable 46 percent from the field, including 6-of-18 from three-point range. The Bulldogs hit 10-of-12 free throws and committed only 13 turnovers, but were out-rebounded 34-20. In addition to Freeman's 12 (which matched her career-high), freshman Lade Akande had 10 points and five rebounds, while classmate Jones added 11. Candace Bain and Ellen Hamilton each scored nine.

Butler and UWM split the regular season series, as the Bulldogs captured an 80-79 overtime win on the Panthers' home court New Year's Eve. Saturday's game was the first full contest for the Bulldogs without senior co-captain Stephanie Boeke, who tore her left ACL Monday at Detroit. Freshman Candyce Brown made her third career start in her place.

The Bulldogs are in a tight race for third place in the league standings. Butler (7-5) is one game behind UIC (8-4) currently for third and even with Detroit (8-5) in the loss column for the fourth spot.

The Bulldogs return to action Thursday, traveling to Chicago to face the Ramblers of Loyola at 7 p.m. The team remains in the Windy City for a Saturday evening contest at UIC. Live video of both games will be available at both www.butlersports.com and www.horizonleague.com.