Strong Defensive Effort Late Lifts Bulldogs, 55-45

Jan. 21, 2004

Box Score

With the score tied at 45 with 5:14 to play, senior Nancy Bowden drove the lane and connected on a three-point play to put the Bulldogs ahead for good. Holding the Penguins scoreless over the last 5:39, the Bulldogs defeated Youngstown State, 55-45, Wednesday night at Youngstown, Ohio. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 6-11 and 2-4 in Horizon League play. The Penguins drop to 1-16 (0-7).

Junior Cortney Urquhart led the Bulldogs with 15 points off the bench. Bowden added 10 points, eight assists and five steals, playing all 40 minutes of the game. Dionne Goodwin added eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

The Penguins took a 23-22 lead into halftime, holding the Bulldogs to 8-of-28 shooting in the first 20 minutes. However, the Bulldogs would respond by punching the ball into Goodwin and Urquhart in the paint. The Bulldogs enjoyed a 45-29 rebounding advantage, compensating for their 36 percent (20-56) shooting.

Center Tara Fleming led the Penguins with 12 points and seven blocks before fouling out.

The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse to face UW-Milwaukee Saturday as the back half of a men's/women's doubleheader. The men's team faces Wright State at 2 p.m., while the women's game is scheduled for an approximate 4 p.m. tip.

The game against the Panthers will be the only home contest for the Bulldogs until their Feb. 12 match-up with Illinois-Chicago.