Feb. 3, 2005
Sophomore Jackie Closser hit six three-pointers and the Bulldogs limited visiting Detroit to 29-percent shooting, as Butler came away with a 59-46 win over the Titans Thursday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler shot 62 percent in the second half to open up a close game. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 9-11 (3-6 Horizon League), while Detroit drops its seventh consecutive game and now stands at 6-15 (3-7).
Closser led the Bulldogs with 18 points and posted five rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes of action. Senior Cortney Urquhart dominated the paint, hitting six of seven attempts for 14 points. The Titans were forced to collapse their defense to try and contain her, which opened up the three-point arc for the Bulldogs, who went 11-of-22 from downtown. In addition to Closser's career-high six bombs, sophomore Ellen Hamilton hit three en route to 10 points.
"I was really pleased with how we looked for the extra pass and pounded the ball inside offensively," said coach Beth Couture. "When Cortney is a factor like she was tonight, it really opens up three-point opportunities for us. I was also impressed with our defense in the second half when we had to go man-to-man for a long period of time and really played solid defense."
After Detroit's Kelly Jaskot pulled the Titans within one, 33-32, with 11:16 to play on a three-pointer, the Bulldogs went on an 11-0 behind a Stephanie Boeke three-point play, an Ashley Brenden lay-up, and three-pointers by Closser and Hamilton. That pushed the Bulldog advantage to 47-35 with 7:14 to play and the Bulldogs never were threatened again. Butler hit 13 of 21 shots in the second half for a 62-percent mark.
Butler scored the first eight points of the game before Detroit mounted a small rally to tie the game at 10. Both teams went cold for most of the rest of the half, as Butler took a 26-20 lead into the break. Butler shot 36 percent in the first frame, while the Titans sported a 27-percent mark.
The only thing that kept Detroit as close as they were was rebounding, where the Titans held a 44-27 advantage, including a 22-2 edge on the offensive glass. However, Detroit couldn't make enough shots to stay in the contest, as the Bulldogs' defense held the visitors to a 29-percent performance from the field (19-65), including a 6-of-28 line from three-point range. No Titan scored in double figures, as Jaskot led the team with nine points. Butler smothered juniors Katie Solner and Lindsey Pasquinzo in the contest, holding the duo to 11 total points, 15 below their combined average.
Boeke led the Bulldogs with six boards, while Urquhart tied her career-high with four blocks. Brenden rejected three shots as well. Butler shot 48 percent in the contest and forced the Titans into 19 turnovers. Butler had 20 assists on its 22 field goals.
Butler returns to action Saturday against Cleveland State at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The 2 p.m. tip is the athletic department's "Shoot for a Cure: Honoring the fight against breast cancer" promotion to benefit the I.W.I.N. (Indiana Women in Need) Foundation. The game will also be aired on a tape delay basis on Fox Sports Ohio. The game will air locally on Comcast Cable channel 72 at a time to be determined Friday. The game can be heard live on www.butlersports.com.