Jan. 20, 2005
Senior Cortney Urquhart scored her 1,000th career point, and Butler's defense stymied a Youngstown State team that arrived at Hinkle Fieldhouse Thursday on the heels of one of the program's best offensive outputs, as Butler prevailed, 67-54. The Bulldogs' third straight win levels their season mark at 8-8 (2-3 Horizon League), while YSU falls to 8-10 (2-5).
The Penguins scored 97 points in a Tuesday win at IPFW, but could only manage 31-percent shooting, including a 6-of-24 mark from three-point range, as Butler's match-up zone defense contested jumpers for the entire 40 minutes. Youngstown State hit 16-of-23 from behind the arc Tuesday. Butler countered with eight treys, including four from senior Maria Marchesano, who moved into third place on Butler's career three-pointers list with 116. Marchesano led the Bulldogs with 16 points, going 5-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range.
Urquhart got two quick fouls in the first half and picked up her fourth foul with 10:13 to play. At that point, Urquhart had seven points in the contest and 999 for her career. She returned to the game and took a feed from Jackie Closser with 53 seconds to play and converted her ninth point of the night, pushing her over the milestone.
"I couldn't be happier for Cortney," said coach Beth Couture. "This is a great achievement for her, and despite foul trouble, she played a great game against one of the league's best post players (Jen Perugini).
"Youngstown State came in here on a roll, especially with their three-point shooting, but we did a great job defending them from both our man and zone defenses. We were able to get a lead and hit free throws to seal things."
Sophomore Ellen Hamilton went 8-of-8 from the free throw line, highlighting the Bulldogs' 19-of-21 performance at the charity stripe. Hamilton finished with 14 points. Closser had 11 points, six rebounds and her dish to Urquhart on the final field goal of the game set a new career-high with eight assists. Sophomore Ashley Brenden pulled down nine boards.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, but the Bulldogs managed a 29-25 halftime lead. After a pep talk from Couture during the intermission, Butler scored the first nine points of the second frame to grab a 38-25 advantage with 16:04 to play. Butler's lead extended to as much as 15 after a Marchesano trey with 10:58 to play before the Penguins mounted a late rally. Two Cathy Hanek free throws cut the lead to seven at 57-50 with 4:42 to play, but free throws and Urquhart's milestone two points would secure the win.
Hanek led the Penguins with 15 points, but shot just 5-of-19 from the field. Perugini, who leads the league in rebounding and is third in scoring, had just nine points on 4-of-14 shooting, but did pull down a career-high 20 caroms, as YSU held a 44-36 advantage on the glass. Barb Fabianova, off a career-high 23 points and seven three-pointers Tuesday against IPFW, was held to just three points.
The Bulldogs take their three-game winning streak to UW-Milwaukee Saturday for a 2 p.m. (CST) tip. Butler will be looking for revenge from the Panthers' lopsided win two weeks ago at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs return home Saturday, Jan. 29 to host Wright State. Both games can be heard live at www.butlersports.com.