Dec. 6, 2003
The Bulldogs couldn't overcome a late surge by Valparaiso as Butler fell, 74-67, to the Crusaders in the Hoosier State Classic Saturday. Senior Dionne Goodwin led the Bulldogs (2-5) with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Cortney Urquhart added 11 in the loss. Point guard Nancy Bowden dished out a season-high 10 assists to move into fourth on Butler's career list. Valparaiso improves to 3-4 with the win.
Junior Jenna Stangler led the Crusaders with 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting. She was one of five Valparaiso players in double figures. The Crusaders made six of their 11 attempts from behind the arc. Valparaiso shot 55 percent for the game, while out-rebounding the Bulldogs 32-26.
An Angel Mason three-point play with 9:33 remaining gave the Bulldogs a 55-52 lead, but Butler could not continue the momentum. Suzie Hammel's two free throws at 5:21 put Valparaiso up 61-60, a lead they would not relinquish.
Valparaiso led, 35-34, at the half behind 12 points from Jamie Gutowski and 10 from Stangler. The Crusaders out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 18-11, in the first 20 minutes. Goodwin led the Bulldogs at the break with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting. Both teams combined for a mere six free throws in the first half. The Bulldogs shot 56 percent, while Valparaiso shot at a 48 percent clip.
In the opening game of the Hoosier State Classic, Indiana State defeated Ball State, 65-53.
The Bulldogs open the home portion of their schedule Tuesday when the Purple Aces of Evansville visit Hinkle Fieldhouse. The game begins at 7 p.m. Butler plays four of its next five games at home.