Dec. 3, 2003
Junior Cortney Urquhart came off the bench for the first time in two years and poured in a season-high 18 points as the Bulldogs topped Bradley, 68-54, in Peoria, Ill., Wednesday. Urquhart and company out-rebounded the Braves, 36-29, despite Bradley's size inside en route to the win. The Bulldogs improve to 2-4 on the season, while the Braves fall to 1-4.
Urquhart's 18 points came on nine-of-11 shooting. She pulled down five offensive rebounds in addition to three assists. Senior Nancy Bowden added 11 points, six assists and six steals, hassling the Braves' backcourt for 38 minutes on the night.
"During the second half of last season, Cortney was one of the best post players in our league," said coach Beth Couture. "For some reason this season, we hadn't seen that yet. But tonight, she stepped up for us and played a great game."
The Bulldogs held a 32-26 advantage at the half behind eight points from Urquhart. Butler shot 42 percent in the first half, including five-of-11 from three-point range.
Butler found holes in the Braves' zone defense in the second half and broke the press that Bradley tried to implement late. For the game, the Bulldogs shot 46 percent (29-63) and forced the Braves into 23 turnovers.
Senior Angel Mason had 11 points for the Bulldogs. She and Urquhart were out of the starting line-up for the Bulldogs for the first time this season, but the duo played a combined 48 minutes. Senior Dionne Goodwin led the Bulldogs with 11 rebounds.
The Braves had no players in double figures. Junior Genny Mueller led the home team with eight points on the night.
Butler travels to Valparaiso, Ind., to play the Crusaders in the Hoosier State Classic Saturday. The game tips at 3:30 p.m. CST.