Nov. 22, 2003
Gonzaga refused to relinquish the lead down the stretch against the Bulldogs Saturday night, as the Zags defeated Butler, 65-59, in the consolation game of the Hawkeye Challenge at the University of Iowa. Butler's rally fell just short as freshman Rachel Kane iced the win with four free throws in the last minute. Senior Lisa Pryor led the Bulldogs with 13 points in the loss, while Dionne Goodwin posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Gonzaga (1-1) jumped out to a 19-3 lead in the first half in the battle of the Bulldogs. Butler would overcome eight first-half turnovers to pull within eight (32-24) at the half. Poor shooting contributed to the Bulldogs' slow start. Butler shot 28 percent in the first half going eight-of-29.
However, the team would mount a rally, improving their shooting to 48 percent in the second 20 minutes. The Bulldogs hit four-of-nine three-point attempts in the second half. A set of Goodwin free throws with 2:32 remaining in the game pulled the Bulldogs within two at 61-59. However, the Zags would hold the Bulldogs scoreless for the remainder of the game and relied on Kane to finish off the win.
"We've got to come ready to play and put together 40 minutes of good basketball," said coach Beth Couture. "It was tough on us because we had to play catch-up for the entire game because we put up three points in the first ten minutes."
Nancy Bowden had five points in 37 minutes, while moving into fifth on Butler's career steals list with her four thefts on the evening. Junior Cortney Urquhart had 12 points and six rebounds. For the second consecutive night, freshman Ellen Hamilton provided a deep threat, hitting two of her three attempts from behind the arc for six points.
"Dionne and Cortney played very well in the post tonight," said Couture. "We had a lot of people contribute. You look at Gonzaga and they're a team that won 18 games last season in a good conference and only lost one player.
"We're ready to start winning. Our team defense is getting better, but we just need to get a 'W' to get the ball rolling. We're not satisfied with just playing well."
Forward Ashley Burke led Gonzaga with 22 points. The junior made eight of her 11 attempts from the field and six-of-eight from the free throw line. Ashley Anderson and Reanna Jewell added 12 points.
The Bulldogs (0-2) travel to Eastern Michigan for a game against the Lady Eagles Tuesday night at 6 p.m. Butler opens their Hinkle Fieldhouse schedule Dec. 9 versus Evansville.