Feb. 21, 2004
Perfect Jackie Closser shooting and tight defense led the Bulldogs to a 67-50 win at UIC Saturday. Closser shot 6-of-6 from the field, including four bombs, for 16 points and the Bulldogs forced the Flames into 26 turnovers. Angel Mason had a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 11-14 on the season and level their league record at 7-7. The Flames fall to 12-14 (6-9).
In a game that was much uglier than the 89-81 shootout ten days ago between these two teams, the Bulldogs held the Flames to 28 percent (18-65) shooting, countering with 22-of-53 shooting of their own. Sophomore Jessica Monaco added 12 points for the Bulldogs.
UIC cut the Butler lead to five at 43-38 with just over nine minutes to play before the Bulldogs responded with a 12-1 run that included five points from senior Nancy Bowden. Two Dionne Goodwin free throws extended the Butler advantage to 55-39 with 5:39 to play, putting the game essentially out of reach.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 10-0 lead, hitting their first four shots of the contest. Butler forced the Flames into 16 turnovers in the first stanza, turning those miscues into 18 points en route to a 32-24 halftime lead. The Bulldogs hit 7-of-12 three-pointers in the first half, but struggled from in close, hitting only 5-of 19 from inside the arc. Monaco and Mason led the Bulldogs with eight first-half points. Bowden, who played the entire 45 minutes of Thursday's game, went to the bench with 8:10 remaining in the half with her second foul.
The Flames out-rebounded Butler, 50-40, but hit only 3-of-26 from behind the arc. Bowden had six assists and six steals for the Bulldogs. Chrissy Dizon led the home team with 18 points in the loss.
The Bulldogs return home Thursday for a two-game homestand to conclude the regular season schedule. Thursday's 7 p.m. tip is against Cleveland State, as the Bulldogs will be looking to avenge an 80-61 loss suffered Feb. 7 in Cleveland. Butler hosts Loyola Saturday with "Senior Day" festivities prior to the 2 p.m. start. Both games will be broadcast live on www.butlersports.com.