November 21, 2004

Late Run Propels Bulldogs by Lewis in Home Opener

Nov. 21, 2004

Box Score

Butler broke into the win column for the first time in the 2004-05 campaign Sunday afternoon with a 71-59 win over Lewis University at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Senior Cortney Urquhart led four Bulldogs in double figures with 15 points and sophomore Ashley Brenden posted a career-high 14 points in the win. Butler levels its record at 1-1, while the Flyers fall to 1-2.

Urquhart had a game-high nine rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Butler's starting backcourt of sophomores Ellen Hamilton and Jackie Closser each went 4-of-8 from the field and scored 14 and 13 points, respectively. The Bulldogs made 15 of 18 free throws, while Lewis struggled at the line, hitting only five of 12 freebies. Butler forced the Flyers into 29 turnovers, which neutralized the visitors' hot shooting.

Two Cassie Freeman free throws capped an 11-0 Butler run that turned a 44-43 deficit into a 54-44 lead with 9:18 remaining in the contest. Lewis managed to cut the lead to two with an 11-3 run of their own, making the score 57-55 with 6:17 to play. Hamilton scored six points over the final stretch of the game, as Butler scored 14 of the game's last 18 points to seal the 12-point win, which was also the largest lead of the contest.

Brenden got the Bulldogs out of the gates early, scoring ten of the Bulldogs' first 13 points, as Butler enjoyed an early seven-point advantage. Lewis capitalized on Brenden's second foul of the half, as the Bloomington, Minn., native had to go to the bench just seven minutes into the game. The Flyers used 70-percent first half shooting, including a perfect 5-of-5 from behind the arc to enter the locker room with the score tied at 36.

Butler shot 42 percent for the game and hit 8 of 20 three-pointers. Despite 40-percent shooting in the second half, Lewis still managed to shoot 53 percent from the field, but hit just one of seven three-point attempts in the second half.

Shante Glenn led the Flyers with 16 points. Lewis also held a narrow advantage on the boards, 31-28.

Butler returns to action Friday night in the Billiken Classic at Saint Louis University. The Bulldogs take on defending Ohio Valley champion Austin Peay at 8 p.m. (CST). Butler will then play either the host Billikens or Alabama A&M Saturday evening. As with all games this season, www.butlersports.com will provide a live audio stream of the game, as Josh Rattray and Melinda Quasius will bring you the action from courtside. The Bulldogs' next home contest is Wednesday, Dec. 8 against Miami (Ohio).