Detroit Edges Butler, 71-69, in Indianapolis
Jan. 12, 2006
Detroit went 6-of-8 from three-point range in the second half against Butler Thursday, hitting treys at key times to take a 71-69 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Junior Ellen Hamilton had a game-high 21 points for Butler, which suffered its third loss in a row. The visiting Titans improve to 6-10 (3-2 Horizon League) with the win, while the Bulldogs fall to 6-8 (2-2).
Hamilton put the Bulldogs ahead by six points with three-pointers on back-to-back possessions early in the second half only to have Detroit's Lindsey Pasquinzo and Caitie Goddard answer with trifectas to pull Detroit back within three, 41-38, with 13:18 remaining in the contest. The teams would trade baskets and tie the score three times before a Lade Akande free throw gave the Bulldogs a 55-51 advantage with 6:53 to play.
Pasquinzo's fourth three-pointer of the game capped a 7-0 Detroit run and gave the Titans a 58-55 lead. After Cassie Freeman ended a three-minute scoreless stretch for the Bulldogs with a game-tying trey, Detroit scored the next four points for a 62-58 lead after Goddard's third and final three-pointer of the game at the 3:06 mark. Butler would get within two on four occasions, but never led again on the way to the 71-69 final.
Hamilton went 7-of-11 from the field, including 5-of-9 from three-point range for her 21 points. It was her first time coming off the bench for the Bulldogs this season, as coach Beth Couture started freshmen Candace Jones, Candyce Brown and Lade Akande along with Freeman and Jackie Closser. Akande had 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for her fourth career double-double before fouling out. Closser added 14 points and five assists.
Joanna Cooper led the Titans with 17 points. Goddard added 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Pasquinzo's four field goals all came from behind the arc en route to her 14 points. The Titans shot 39 percent from the field, but went 9-of-16 from three-point range.
Butler held a 41-38 rebounding advantage in the contest, aided by a career-high eight from Freeman. Butler shot 40 percent from the field, but committed 24 turnovers and went just 18-of-27 from the free throw line. The Titans converted those 24 miscues into 27 points in the game that was tied 14 times and saw nine lead changes.
Butler returns to action Saturday at Wright State. Free video and audio of the 1 p.m. contest will be available live on www.butlersports.com and www.horizonleague.com. The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse Wednesday (Jan. 18), hosting Loyola in a 7 p.m. league tilt.