Nov. 19, 2004
Kentucky got 18 first-half points from senior Sara Potts and opened up a 27-point halftime advantage en route to an 82-44 win Friday night in Lexington, Ky. The game was the season opener for both squads with 5,218 fans showing up to Memorial Coliseum. Freshman Cassie Freeman led the Bulldogs with 12 points and six rebounds.
Freeman's scoring came on 4-of-9 shooting, but the Bulldogs as a team were cold from the field, shooting 31 percent including an uncharacteristic 3-of-21 from behind the arc. Kentucky used a distinct size advantage to claim a 51-25 rebounding edge, the difference in the contest.
"This is a great basketball atmosphere," said coach Beth Couture. "I thought early on we were a little timid, but we had nice looks and just didn't hit our shots tonight. However, I asked the team to do some things at the half and they came out and played better in the second half, so we can build from this experience."
Sophomore Jackie Closser had nine points for Butler, while senior Cortney Urquhart added eight. Potts paced the home team with 22 points, leading seven Wildcats who scored at least seven points. Second-year coach Mickie DeMoss got impressive performances from her highly-regarded freshman class, led by Eleia Roddy's nine points and seven rebounds.
Butler returns to action Sunday with its home opener against Lewis. The tip at Hinkle Fieldhouse is set for 2 p.m.