Dec. 21, 2003
Illinois State used a 22-of-24 second-half performance from the free throw line to down the Bulldogs, 83-69, Sunday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Redbirds' Katie Donovan went for a game-high 27 points, leading five Redbirds in double figures. Junior Cortney Urquhart led the Bulldogs with 16 points. The Bulldogs fall to 3-7, while Illinois State improves to 5-3.
The Bulldogs got out to a 19-10 lead eight minutes into the game behind two early three-pointers from freshman Ellen Hamilton. Senior Nancy Bowden picked up her second foul with 10:44 remaining in the first half. Butler held a 21-15 advantage at that point. The Redbirds would use a 13-0 run to take a 28-23 lead with 5:29 remaining in the game. They would never trail again. Erin Keeney's 11 points, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc, led the Redbirds in the first half. ISU led 36-33 after 20 minutes.
Urquhart's 16 points came on 6-of-12 shooting. She added four rebounds and two steals, while making her first start in four games. Bowden had 10 points on the afternoon, playing a season-low 24 minutes. Senior Dionne Goodwin had a game-high 11 rebounds.
Freshman Jackie Closser filled in for Bowden, posting career highs of 10 points and six assists. Her career high for minutes entering Sunday was 11; she eclipsed that in the first half. She finished with 28 minutes. Closser was presented with Hoosier Basketball Magazine's "Mini Miss Basketball" award prior to the game.
Donovan led the Redbirds with 27 points and seven rebounds. Keeney added 16. The Redbirds shot 48 percent, while holding the Bulldogs to a 36 percent clip. Illinois State went 26-of-32 from the free throw line for 81 percent.
The Bulldogs open the Horizon League portion of their schedule Tuesday, Dec. 30 when the Raiders of Wright State visit Hinkle Fieldhouse. The tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.