February 5, 2004

Bulldogs Suffer Tough Loss at Detroit, 55-49

Feb. 5, 2004

Box Score

Detroit used a strong second half to out-last the Bulldogs, 55-49, in the Motor City Thursday. The loss stops the Bulldogs' three-game winning streak, dropping the Bulldogs to 8-12 and 4-5 in Horizon League play. Detroit (11-9, 8-2) remains in a virtual tie for the league lead. A quartet of Bulldogs had nine points on the night.

Seniors Dionne Goodwin and Angel Mason and freshmen Jackie Closser and Ellen Hamilton each had nine points to lead the Bulldogs. Goodwin and Mason also had a team-high seven rebounds.

Nicole Anaejionu led the Titans with 21 points and 12 boards, her second double-double in as many contests against the Bulldogs. Detroit shot 40 percent for the game, thanks in large part to 12-of-25 shooting in the second half. The Titans made nine of their 11 free throw attempts.

Butler committed 18 turnovers, while only forcing Detroit into 15 miscues. The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Titans, 37-35.

The Bulldogs held the Titan's leading scorer, Lindsey Pasquinzo, scoreless for the first 35 minutes of the contest before she hit consecutive threes at the 5:14 mark to give the Titans' a 47-42 lead. Katie Solner's four free throws in the final 20 seconds sealed the win for Detroit.

Closser kept the Bulldogs in the game, hitting three second-half three-pointers to counter the Titans' offensive. She and fellow freshman Hamilton combined for all six of the team's threes with five coming in the second half.

A Hamilton three with 12 seconds to go in the first half broke a 21-21 tie and the Bulldogs carried that 24-21 advantage into the intermission. Goodwin and Mason recorded seven points apiece in the first half to lead the Bulldogs. Butler led for much of the first half, holding the Titans to 32 percent shooting. The Bulldogs' advantage would have been larger at the half had Butler converted their free throws. Butler, shooting 63 percent from the line heading into Thursday's game, hit only 3-of-10 attempts from the charity stripe in the first frame.

The Bulldogs conclude their three-game road swing at Cleveland State Saturday. The contest with the league-leading Vikings begins at 7 p.m. at the CSU Convocation Center. Join Josh Rattray and Melinda Quasius on www.butlersports.com for live coverage of the game.

Butler returns to the friendly confines of Hinkle Fieldhouse Thursday, Feb. 12, for a 7 p.m. match-up with Horizon League opponent UIC.