Feb. 28, 2004
Nancy Bowden had her fellow five seniors helped the Bulldogs to a 76-65 win over Loyola on Senior Day at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Bowden scored her 1,000th point on a free throw with just under a minute to play, giving her a game-high 20 points on the afternoon. She was one of four Bulldogs in double figures, as Butler finishes the regular season at 9-7 in Horizon League play and 13-14 overall. Loyola finishes at 11-16 (6-10).
Bowden's 20 points came on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and an 8-of-11 performance from the line. Despite going to the bench with her second foul midway through the first half, the Cincinnati, Ohio native still dished out three assists and tied Angel Mason for a team-high six rebounds.
Mason, Cortney Urquhart and Ellen Hamilton each contributed 12 points on the afternoon. While Loyola out-shot the Bulldogs from the field (44 percent to 42 percent), Butler limited the Ramblers to 3-of-16 shooting from three-point range, a far cry from the 13 bombs Loyola hit ten days ago in their overtime win over the Bulldogs.
Butler started five of their seniors Saturday and Loyola started out quick, jumping out to a 17-11 advantage eight minutes into the game. The Bulldogs would settle down and take a 33-30 lead into the locker rooms.
The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 10-2 run that included two Hamilton treys and sustained a double-digit lead for most of the half. The Ramblers got the lead to five at 67-62 with just under four minutes remaining before Bowden scored eight points in the next three minutes to put the game out of reach. She, and the four other seniors on the floor--senior Lisa Pryor dressed, but did not play due to an ACL tear--left to a standing ovation after Bowden hit a free throw with 53 seconds to play, giving her exactly 1,000 career points.
Loyola out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 44-39, but committed 17 turnovers to Butler's season-low eight. Danielle Lonie and Meskhenet Lands each had 16 points to lead the Ramblers.
Butler, winners of five of their last six, are assured of the fifth seed in the upcoming league tournament despite having a chance to tie Cleveland State for fourth in the standings depending on the outcome of the Vikings' game tonight.
The Bulldogs will travel to Cleveland to meet the Vikings, Thursday, in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament. The tip is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on www.butlersports.com.