Feb. 14, 2004
The Bulldogs didn't show their visitors a lot of love on Valentine's Day, jumping out on Youngstown State from the opening tip Saturday and never looking back en route to a 79-45 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler limited the Penguins to 12 first-half points, leading by as many as 35 in the first frame. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 10-13 on the season and level their Horizon League record at 6-6. Youngstown State falls to 3-21 (1-12).
Senior Nancy Bowden led the Bulldogs with 16 points and six assists, playing just 24 minutes in the lopsided contest. Butler had 12 players score and 12 recorded double-digit minutes. Freshman Ashley Brenden matched her career-high with 12 points, including ten in the first half when she nearly out-scored the Penguins by herself.
A Jessica Monaco drive and layup with 12:49 remaining in the first half gave the Bulldogs a 19-4 advantage and the Bulldogs continued to hit shots while YSU struggled from the field. A three-point play by the Penguins' Jessica Forsythe with 41 seconds remaining in the first half brought Youngstown State into double figures. Butler held the Penguins to 19 percent shooting in the first half.
If there was any chance of the Penguins clawing back into the game early in the second half, the Bulldogs eliminated that option by hitting eight of their first nine shots in the second stanza. The Bulldogs held a 39-point lead on three occasions, the last coming at 66-27 when Jackie Closser hit a three-pointer with 11:53 remaining.
The Bulldogs shot 46 percent (25-54), knocking down eight treys. In contrast, the Bulldogs limited the Penguins to 25 percent (16-64) shooting. Butler out-rebounded YSU, 47-38, and had 19 assists to the Penguins' eight. For the second game in a row, the Bulldogs were solid from the free throw line, hitting 21-of-28 for 75 percent.
Monaco and Angel Mason added nine points for the Bulldogs, while junior Courtney Lickliter came off the bench to score seven. Closser and her 5-4 frame led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds. Nicole Neila led the Penguins with 12 points, the only YSU player in double figures.
The Bulldogs head to Chicago for games at Loyola Thursday and at UIC Saturday. Thursday's tip is set for 7 p.m. (CST, 8 p.m. Indianapolis time) and can be heard live on www.butlersports.com.