Smothering Butler Defense Stymies Chanticleers, 78-48
Dec. 6, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - Four players finished with double-figure scoring totals - including a team-high 21 points and 10 rebounds by Lade Akande - and the Butler defense held visiting Coastal Carolina to a season-low 48 points as the Bulldogs rolled to a dominant 78-48 victory in Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Dec. 6) afternoon.
The frigid and snowy weather outside the arena mirrored a cold shooting performance by the visiting Chanticleers, as Butler limited its opponent to just 15 field goals on 30.6 percent shooting (15-for-49) while holding them more than 15 points below their season scoring average heading into the game (63.6).
A jumper by Kate Jansinski less than a minute into the contest gave CCU its first - and only - lead of the game at 2-0 before back-to-back lay-ins by Melanie Thornton and another by Akande put the Bulldogs in front by four.
A three-pointer by Candace Jones extended the lead to seven before a triple by Brittany Bowen, a lay-up by Akande and another trey by Jones pushed Butler out to a 15-point margin at 21-6 with just over 10 minutes to go in the period. The Chanticleers would trim the lead down to 12 with 5:40 remaining, but a lay-up by Terra Burns, a pair of free throws from Chloe Hamilton and third long-range hit by Jones gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead of the frame at 31-11.
After a three-pointer by Jessica Noll fell through to trim the difference to 16 with less than a minute to go, Bowen stepped up with a three of her own to give the Bulldogs a 37-18 advantage heading into the break.
Coastal Carolina put together a mild rally attempt at the start of the second half, using an 11-6 run over the opening five minutes to trim the difference to 14. An ensuing triple from Jones, however, put an end to that, boosting the Bulldogs to a 46-29 lead.
An impressive 9-0 run by the Bulldogs down the stretch proved to be too much in the end, as a combination of lay-ups and free throws from Akande and Thornton turned what was a 16-point margin into a 25 point lead with just over five minutes to go to put the game our of reach.
Butler shot 40.3 percent (25-for-62) from the field while hitting 33.3 percent (7-for-21) from long range to post its highest point total of the season. The Bulldogs also held a commanding edge on the boards, out-rebounding CCU, 55-30, and posted a 37-to-12 advantage on points off the bench.
Akande finished with a season-high 21 points and added 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Thornton added 13 points and eight boards.
Jones drilled four three-pointers in her second consecutive game to finish with 12 points while adding five rebounds and a team-high five assists. Hamilton also put up double-digit points with 10, while Susan Lester grabbed seven boards.
Butler returns to action on Tuesday (Dec. 9) when it heads to Bloomington, Ind., for a 7:00 p.m. meeting with Indiana at Assembly Hall.