Defense and Free Throws Key 72-61 Win at Youngstown State Saturday

Feb. 12, 2005

Box Score

Butler's sophomore backcourt of Jackie Closser and Ellen Hamilton combined for 28 points to lead the Bulldogs to a tough 72-61 win against Youngstown State at the Beeghly Center Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs limited the Penguins to 20-percent shooting in the second period and hit free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 11-12 overall and 5-7 in the Horizon League, while YSU falls to 9-15 (3-10).

Closser had a game-high 15 points and hit 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, highlighting the Bulldogs' 21-of-26 performance. Junior Stephanie Boeke went for a career-high 14 points, running the floor and hitting six free throws to fill the scoring column. Senior Cortney Urquhart added 12 points.

"This is a tough place to play, so we're extremely pleased to get out of here with a win," said coach Beth Couture. "We played better defense in the second half, especially in the post with Cortney in foul trouble. Hopefully we can keep this up as we finish up the regular season."

Butler limited YSU to 6-of-30 field-goal shooting in the second half. Senior Jen Perugini had looked unstoppable for the Penguins in the first half, but scored a three-point play to open the second half and didn't score another point. The Penguins as a team just scored six points in the last 10 minutes of the game, as Butler out-scored the home team, 16-6, to close the game. A Jessica Monaco three-pointer with the shot clock winding down with 6:35 to play gave the Bulldogs a 63-55 lead and YSU never got closer.

Butler took a 45-41 lead into the half behind 11 first-half points from Hamilton. Each team shot well in the opening half, as the Bulldogs' 56-percent mark was topped by Youngstown State's 59-percent shooting. Butler hit 6-of-9 attempts from long range in the first half, but had trouble handling Perugini, who had 17 points without a miss from the field in the first half.

Butler had a 39-35 edge on the glass and posted 18 assists on 22 field goals, while committing just 14 turnovers. The team shot 41 percent for the game. Closser tied her career-high with eight assists, while freshman Cassie Freeman and Boeke tied for the team-high with seven rebounds.

Perugini led the home team with 20 points and 15 rebounds. The Penguins shot 39 percent for the game and committed 15 turnovers.

The Bulldogs close out their three-game stretch away from Hinkle Fieldhouse Thursday night against Loyola. The tip is set for 7 p.m. (CST) at the Gentile Center in Chicago. It will be the first match-up of the season between the teams. The Bulldogs then return home to Indianapolis to host UIC Saturday (Feb. 19) in the first game of a Butler doubleheader, preceding the men's game against Valparaiso. Both games can be heard live on www.butlersports.com.