Feb. 2, 2006
Behind a 51-26 rebounding advantage, host Youngstown State thwarted a late Butler rally and held on for a 71-63 win Thursday night at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Freshman Lade Akande led the Bulldogs with 22 points and seven rebounds. With the win, the Penguins improved to 6-15 overall and 2-8 in Horizon League play. Butler falls to 10-10 (5-4).
A Michelle Holmes three-point play with 9:24 to play gave YSU its largest advantage at 57-38. However, the Bulldogs would respond. A three-pointer by Ellen Hamilton and two trifectas from Candace Bain closed the gap to 10 with 6:40 remaining. A Jackie Closser trey capped the 17-3 run and pulled the Bulldogs within five at 60-55 just before the four-minute media timeout.
Youngstown State's backcourt of Kristy Gaudiose and Ashlee Russo then scored eight of the next 11 points in the game to push the margin back to 10 at 68-58 with 1:33 to play to seal the win.
Butler held its last lead of the game at 14-13 midway through the first half. Gaudiose then had all eight of YSU's points during an 8-2 spurt that gave the Penguins a 21-16 lead. YSU extended the lead to 35-27 at the break and pushed the advantage to 14 three minutes into the second half and 19 midwday through the second half.
Akande went 10-of-18 from the field for Butler, adding three blocks and four steals. Bain came off the bench to score 11 points, with nine coming on treys in the second half. Butler shot 41 percent for the game, including 7-of-20 from three-point range, and committed just 11 turnovers.
However, the Bulldogs couldn't overcome the rebounding margin and hit just 8-of-15 from the free throw line. Jessica Schloemp had 19 of the Penguins' 51 boards. YSU had 19 offensive rebounds, which matched the number of Butler defensive caroms. Gaudiose and Holmes led the Penguins with 20 points apiece. The Penguins shot 44 percent for the game.
The YSU win snaps a six-game Butler winning streak in the series between the two teams and avenged a 78-55 Butler win in Indianapolis Dec. 29.
The Bulldogs continue their road stretch Saturday at Cleveland State. Live video of the 3 p.m. tip is available at www.horizonleague.com. From there, Butler travels to Detroit for a Monday contest.