November 25, 2003

Eagles' Big Second Half Downs Bulldogs

Nov. 25, 2003

Box Score

The Eastern Michigan offense awoke in the second half of Tuesday night's game in Ypsilanti as the Eagles downed the Bulldogs, 79-47. Sophomore Melis Ulker had ten of her 12 points in the second stanza, as the Eagles posted 51 points after the half. Nancy Bowden led the Bulldogs (0-3) with ten points. The Eagles improve to 3-0 on the young season with the win.

Nikki Knapp led the Eagles with 16 points, while Ryan Coleman and Noblesville, Ind., native Sarah VanMetre added 13 points apiece for the home team. The Eagles shot 53 percent for the contest and out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 42-28, including a 13-board differential in the second half.

Senior Lisa Pryor had nine points on three 3-pointers for the Bulldogs. Senior Dionne Goodwin added eight points, all after the half. The Mansfield, Ohio, also posted eight rebounds, one short of Cortney Urquhart's team lead. The Bulldogs hit 33 percent of their shots on the night, while taking 24 less free throws than the Eagles.

A Jessica Monaco three with two seconds remaining in the first half pulled the Bulldogs within four at 28-24. Both teams struggled offensively in the first half. The Bulldogs shot 30 percent on nine-of-30 shooting, while the Eagles committed 11 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. Bowden's eight points led the Bulldogs at the break, while the Eagles' Knapp matched Bowden's first-half total on three-of-three shooting from the field.

Urquhart posted eight rebounds in the first half, while combining with Goodwin for 13 of the team's 18 boards at the break. The Eagles held a slim 19-18 rebounding advantage in the first half.

The Bulldogs travel to Miami, Fla., for the Sonesta-Coconut Grove Thanksgiving Classic later this week. Butler will face Chattanooga Friday at 5 p.m. and then play either Wisconsin or Hampton Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs open the home portion of their schedule Tuesday, Dec. 9, when Evansville visits Hinkle Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.