Fast Start Not Enough As Phoenix Top Bulldogs, 81-64

Jan. 25, 2007

Box Score

Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler raced out to a lightning-fast start against UW-Green Bay, jumping to as much as a 13-point lead in the early going, but the Phoenix used a steady offensive attack throughout the contest to claim an 81-64 decision over the Bulldogs on Thursday (Jan. 25) night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Long-distance shooting was the name of the game all night long, as the two teams combined for 25 three-pointers, including 17 in the first half.

Butler opened the contest with an offensive barrage of their own from beyond the arc, as Ellen Hamilton and Susan Lester canned threes before Jackie Closser added a lay-up to put the Bulldogs up 8-0 just over a minute into the game. Butler built the lead in a hurry, as Tara Miller and Closser netted two more treys and Cassie Freeman laid one in to put the Bulldogs ahead by their largest lead at 16-3 a little more than four minutes in.

The Phoenix battled back, steadily closing the gap to one at 22-21 with 8:37 remaining and took their first lead of the night at 26-25 with just over five minutes left.

Butler kept things close in the final minutes, as Hamilton netted back-to-back three-pointers to give the Bulldogs a one-point margin with 1:28 left, but UW-Green Bay followed with back-to-back treys of its own to carry a 42-37 advantage into the break.

The Phoenix would not trail in the second period despite the Bulldogs best efforts. Butler kept the difference at five four minutes into the half, but the Bulldogs would get no closer.

After lighting up the scoreboard from distance on 7-of-14 shooting, the Bulldogs cooled in the second half, converting only five of 22 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, the Phoenix shot 46.2 percent in the game with 13 treys.

Closser led the Bulldogs on offense with 16 points coming on 6-of-15 shooting from the field. She finished with four treys on the night, extending her NCAA-leading 47-straight games with a three-pointer.

Lester notched her third-career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Ellen Hamilton added nine points and a career-high eight rebounds.

UW-Green Bay touted four players in double figures and three players with four three-pointers. Kayla Groh and Amanda Popp each netted game-highs with 18 points.

Butler returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Jan. 27) when the Bulldogs host UW-Milwaukee beginning at 2:00 p.m.