Butler All Business As Bulldogs Cruise Past Titans, 77-64

Feb. 17, 2007

Box Score

Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler used a workman-like effort on offense, shooting 42.4 percent from the field and posting four players in double-figures, as the Bulldogs held off visiting Detroit, 77-64, at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Feb. 17) evening.

The Bulldogs (11-13, 8-4 Horizon League) led throughout the contest, going 25-of-59 from the field with seven three-pointers in cruising to their eighth league win and maintaining a share of third place in the standings.

Three-point shooting sparked the Butler offense from the start, as Ellen Hamilton hit a pair of treys and Jackie Closser added one in helping the Bulldogs out to a swift 15-2 advantage just under four minutes into play. Detroit (4-23, 1-13 HL) steadily chipped away, cutting to difference to as little as five with 3:39 remaining in the period and closing the stanza with a three-pointer as time expired to trail by seven at 37-30.

Butler went right back to work on offense in the second half, pushing out to a 16 point advantage with just over 10 minutes remaining and holding Detroit back by no fewer than nine for the remainder of the period.

The Bulldogs returned to their strong ball-handling ways, committing just 10 turnovers while dishing 20 assists.

Akande was the primary culprit on offense throughout the game, going 8-of-14 from the field to finish with a game-high 20 points. Closser added 14 on 2-of-5 shooting for three and a 6-of-6 mark from the line, while Hamilton broke out of a mild offensive slump with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from distance.

Mel Thornton posted her second-straight 10-point performance, going 4-of-10 from the field and finishing with a career-high nine rebounds to tie for the team-lead. Candace Jones, meanwhile, added nine points and nine rebounds.

Katy Dunlop paced the Titans with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, while Heather Hatter added 11 on a 5-of-6 mark from the field.

A battle for sole possession of third place in the Horizon League standings is on the line when the Bulldogs head to UW-Milwaukee on Thursday (Feb. 22) for a 7:00 p.m. CST affair with the Panthers.