Jan. 29, 2005
Wright State used 61-percent first-half shooting to jump out early on Butler and withstood a Bulldog run midway through the second half to post a 74-59 win Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Sophomore Ellen Hamilton led the Bulldogs with 13 points. The Raiders improve to 12-8 (6-3 Horizon League) with the win, while the Bulldogs fall to 8-10 (2-5).
Hamilton went 5-of-11 from the field, as all of her scoring output came in the second half. Senior Cortney Urquhart had 11 points and six rebounds, while Hamilton's backcourt mate, Jackie Closser, had 10 points and four assists.
Brittney Whiteside came off the Wright State bench to score 10 of her 16 points in the first half, leading the Raiders to a 26-7 advantage 12 minutes into the game. At that point, Wright State had limited Butler to 3-of-16 shooting and forced seven turnovers. The lead would grow to as much as 20 with 4:43 to play before the Bulldogs used an 11-2 run to pull within 11 at the half, 40-29.
Closser opened the second half with a trey, but the Raiders rebounded with an 11-0 run to push the advantage back to 17. However, the Bulldogs would not go away and with a Hamilton three-pointer at the 6:25 mark pulled within nine at 60-51. However, the Bulldogs couldn't secure a defensive rebound on several consecutive Raider possessions in the final minutes, as the Raiders ate away the clock with long possessions.
For the game, Wright State shot 49 percent, including the 19-of-31 performance in the first half. The Bulldogs shot 42 percent and hit 8-of-20 from three-point range. Maria Marchesano had a team-high three treys, all coming in the first half. Wright State committed just eight turnovers and held a 40-31 advantage on the glass.
Sophomore Jeanette Woodberry led the Raiders with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while Whiteside (16), Angie Ott (12) and Rhea Mays (11) also scored in double figures. Whiteside had a game-high eight boards.
The Bulldogs have a short turnaround and a tough opponent ahead, heading to league-leading UW-Green Bay for a Monday evening contest. The tip is set for 5:30 p.m. (CST) at the Resch Center and is the first game of a Butler-UWGB women's/men's doubleheader. The contest will be broadcast live on www.butlersports.com.