Bulldogs Give Iowa First-Half Scare

Nov. 21, 2003

Box Score

A Lisa Pryor jumper with 2:18 remaining in the first half gave the Bulldogs a 37-36 lead over Iowa in Friday's opening round of the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City. The Bulldogs' 47 percent shooting in the opening frame, led by senior Dionne Goodwin's ten points, stunned the Big Ten power and the Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd.

The Hawkeyes would go on a mini-run to end the first half, taking a 42-37 advantage into the intermission. Iowa worked the ball to center Jamie Cavey throughout the game, as the junior racked up 26 points in the Hawkeye's 83-60 victory. The margin of victory is somewhat misleading as the Hawkeyes outscored the Bulldogs, 26-10, over the last 13 minutes of play.

"I'm proud of the way we played tonight," said coach Beth Couture. "It's a 23-point game, but it's probably closer than that. We came in here early and really competed. We had them scared for most of that first half."

Cavey's 26 lead Iowa (1-0), while preseason "All-Big Ten" selection Jennie Lillis added 15. Flanked by Bulldog Nancy Bowden for most of the evening, Hawkeye guard Kristi Faulkner mustered only seven points on the night. She averaged 16.3 points per game last season.

Bowden's 14 points led the Bulldogs (0-1). The senior added five rebounds and three assists. The Hawkeyes controlled Goodwin in the second half, as the Mansfield, Ohio, native finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Courtney Urquhart posted a game-high eight rebounds, as the Bulldogs out-rebounded Iowa 38-37.

It was a tale of two halves for the Bulldogs, with the visitors cooling off in the second half. The Bulldogs shot 5-25 (20 percent) in the second 20 minutes. Butler also committed 20 turnovers to the Hawkeyes' ten.

"We just have to consistently run our offense," said Couture. "We didn't take what they were giving us at times, especially in the second half. Dionne played extremely well. They didn't have an answer for her in the first half."

Couture had ten players see double-digit minutes. Goodwin and Bowden each played 30 minutes. The Bulldogs also went 16-20 (80 percent) from the free throw line.

The coach was also impressed with the play of her three freshmen. Ashley Brenden played 15 minutes in the post, while Ellen Hamilton (six points) and Jackie Closser provided an offensive lift.

"Ellen came in and hit two threes to really keep us in this game," said Couture. "Jackie also came in early and hit one from long range. And the job Ashley did in the post was great. This is a real tough situation to start your college career with Iowa's height, but Ashley played well for us."

The Bulldogs play Gonzaga in the consolation game of the Hawkeye Challenge Saturday at 6 p.m. EST. Iowa and Houston follow in the championship match. Butler's game can be heard live on the internet at www.butlersports.com.