February 19, 2004

Bulldogs' Come Up Just Short in Overtime

Feb. 19, 2004

Box Score

The Bulldogs overcame an 11-point deficit with just over three minutes to play in regulation, but the comeback fell just short as Butler lost, 88-85, at Loyola in overtime Thursday. Nancy Bowden's career-high 27 points led the Bulldogs, who fall to 10-14 overall and 6-7 in league play. With the win, Loyola improves to 10-14 (5-8).

Butler mounted a 13-2 run over the last 3:14 of regulation to force the game into overtime. In the overtime period, Loyola led by as many as four before senior Tiffany Smith stole the ball with 27 seconds remaining and hit a layup to give the Bulldogs an 85-84 advantage. Loyola's Ciara Henderson would score on the other end with 19 seconds to play to give the Ramblers an 86-85 edge. The Bulldogs couldn't convert on the other end, turning the ball over.

Indianapolis native Meskhenet Lands made a pair of free throws to put the Ramblers up three with four seconds to play. Coach Beth Couture drew up a play and the Bulldogs went the length of the court, but freshman Ellen Hamilton's three at the horn rimmed out.

Bowden added eight assists, six rebounds and five steals to her statsheet, playing all 45 minutes of the contest. She handed out her 500th career assist in the contest. Junior Cortney Urquhart had a career-high 23 points off the bench. In her hometown, senior Angel Mason scored 12 points (all in the second half and overtime) and had a team-high eight rebounds.

Henderson led the Ramblers with 24 points, connecting on 6-of-15 three-pointers. Lands and freshman Marquise Hanser each added 15. Loyola out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 51-44, but committed 23 turnovers. The Ramblers shot 45 percent (33-73), while Butler came in at 41 percent (31-76).

Butler jumped out to an early lead on the Ramblers, hitting four early three-pointers. A Bowden steal and coast-to-coast layup gave the Bulldogs a 16-5 lead and put Bowden in double figures at the 13:45 mark of the first half. Loyola would respond with a 12-0 run, holding the Bulldogs scoreless for nearly five minutes.

Urquhart would then come to the Bulldogs rescue, hitting a perfect 7-of-7 from the field in the first 20 minutes en route to 16 points. Even with her low post dominance, Loyola heated up from the outside, hitting 8-of-12 from long range in the first half to take a 46-38 lead into the locker rooms.

The Bulldogs continue their Chicago swing Saturday with a game against the Flames of UIC. The match-up at the UIC Pavilion begins at 5:30 (CST, 6:30 Indianapolis time). UIC was one of two teams that picked up a league win with Detroit's recent forfeitures to get back in the hunt for a first-round tournament home game. The Flames will be looking to avenge an 89-81 loss to the Bulldogs almost a week ago at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The game will be broadcast live on www.butlersports.com.