Jan. 15, 2005
Behind a three-point barrage and a career-high 15 points from sophomore Ashley Brenden, Butler was able to exorcise the demons of Calihan Hall, dropping Detroit, 65-45, Saturday afternoon in Detroit. Cortney Urquhart and Ellen Hamilton each had 16 points for the Bulldogs (7-8, 1-3 Horizon League), who scored just their third win in 21 meetings against Detroit (6-10, 3-2) at Calihan Hall.
Brenden had 11 points in a 17-5 run to open the second half, giving the Bulldogs a 46-30 lead they would not come close to relinquishing. Butler would lead by as many as 25 in the second half. Brenden nailed all three of her three-point attempts. Butler went 8-of-16 from behind the arc in the contest, the team's second consecutive game hitting 50 percent from long range.
"I was really proud of our team coming out ready to play, especially on the road," said coach Beth Couture. "We handled their run in the first half, but our shooting was the story, particularly in the second half (14-26, 54 percent). The two things we haven't done as well lately, shooting and rebounding, we did really well today."
Urquhart went 7-of-11 from the field and her frontcourt mate Brenden added a 6-of-10 shooting performance. Hamilton hit seven of nine attempts, as the Bulldogs shot 52 percent compared to the Titans' 34-percent mark. Sophomore Jackie Closser had 14 points and tied Stephanie Boeke for the team lead with six rebounds.
Butler had a 37-21 advantage on the boards, not allowing Detroit a second-chance point. The Bulldogs dominated the lane, scoring 32 points in the paint. Butler had 20 turnovers, but the Titans only capitalized for eight points off those miscues.
Urquhart capped off a 14-3 run with a bucket in the paint at the 11:21 mark of the first half, giving the Bulldogs a 21-10 advantage. At that point in the game, the Bulldogs had hit nine of their first 11 shots. Detroit's Katie Solner chipped in 11 points in the opening frame to pull the Titans within four at 29-25 as the teams entered the locker rooms. Urquhart's 10 points led the Bulldogs in the first half, followed by eight from Hamilton. Butler shot 50 percent and held a 19-9 rebounding edge at the break, but committed 12 turnovers to keep the home team in the contest.
Solner led the Titans with a game-high 17 points.
The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse to host league foe Youngstown State Thursday. The 7 p.m. tip against the Penguins can be heard live on www.butlersports.com.