Feb. 16, 2006
Butler's post duo of Lade Akande and Cassie Freeman combined for 44 points Thursday night, leading the Bulldogs to an 82-69 win at Loyola. Akande had a game-high 26 points, while Freeman added a career-high 18. With the win, Butler improves to 13-11 overall and 8-5 in Horizon League play. The Ramblers fall to 3-21 (3-10).
Akande went 11-of-17 from the field and added a team-high six rebounds. Freeman knocked down seven of her 10 attempts, including all three trey tries. Junior Jackie Closser scored 17 points, including a trio of three-pointers to become the most prolific three-point shooter in Butler history. She has 168 for her career, breaking Debbie Benziger's (1995-98) previous mark of 167.
Butler shot a respectable 48 percent from the field, including 9-of-20 from behind the arc. The Bulldogs also hit 13-of-15 from the free throw line. Closser had eight of the team's 17 assists. Butler committed a season-low nine turnovers and freshman Candyce Brown scored a career-high seven points, all in the opening 20 minutes.
Loyola countered with 54 percent shooting, including 8-of-16 from three-point range. The Ramblers out-rebounded the visitors, 33-24, but committed 23 turnovers, which led to 14 fewer attempts from the field than Butler. Mandy Mannella had 20 points for the Ramblers.
Butler fought through first-half foul trouble to take a 45-38 lead into the intermission. Akande and Freeman scored the first 14 points for Butler, but both were on the bench by the eight-minute media timeout in the first half with two fouls apiece. Butler then opened the second half with a 15-3 run to take a 59-41 lead with 15-14 to play after an Ellen Hamilton three-pointer.
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday, remaining in the Windy City to take on UIC. Both teams enter the game with 8-5 Horizon League marks and the Bulldogs will be looking to avenge a loss to the Flames in Hinkle Fieldhouse last month. The contest at the UIC Pavilion is set for 7 p.m. (CST, 8 p.m. Indianapolis). Live video of the match-up will be available at both www.butlersports.com and www.horizonleague.com.