March 3, 2005
UIC jumped out early on visiting Butler and stayed on top, scoring a 78-47 win in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Senior Cortney Urquhart led the Bulldogs with 13 points and five rebounds. However, Butler shot just 25 percent for the game and hit just four of 22 three-point attempts. Butler sees its season end at 14-14, while the Flames will take their 14-14 record to Sunday's Horizon League semifinals.
"It's a shame we didn't come out ready to play tonight," said coach Beth Couture. "We couldn't handle their pressure and any contact tonight. I felt we came in with a good game plan, but we didn't execute at all tonight."
A Maria Marchesano three-pointer with 13:41 to play pulled the Bulldogs within 13 at 45-32, but the Flames scored 13 of the next 17 points to put the game out of reach. The 31-point final margin was the largest deficit the Bulldogs faced all night.
Guard LaShonda Grant led four Flames in double figures with 17 points. Senior Dejeanette Flournoy had 13 points and 16 rebounds. The Flames shot 47 percent from the field and had a 49-35 edge on the glass. UIC hit 19-of-23 free throws, while the Bulldogs made just 13 of 25 attempts.
Butler hit only six of 30 first-half attempts falling behind by double digits midway through the first half. UIC countered with 46 percent shooting, including a 4-of-5 mark from three-point range, to take a 34-17 intermission advantage. The teams combined for 19 turnovers in the first 20 minutes and scored a total of just six points in the final five minutes of the half.