Cardinals Overpower Bulldogs, 97-65.

Cardinals Overpower Bulldogs, 97-65.

Dec. 2, 2006

Box Score

Indianapolis, Ind. - Lisa Rusche led all scorers with 36 points and Ball State out-shot the Bulldogs, 55.0 percent to 36.8, as the Cardinals claimed a 97-65 decision over Butler in the second game of the State Farm Hoosier Classic on Saturday (Dec. 2) afternoon.

Butler kept the game close in the first half, rallying from an 18-11 deficit on a 9-2 run to knot the game at 20-20. Ball State followed with a 12-2 run over their own, however and carried a 12 point advantage (42-30) into the locker room.

A 17-6 run by the Cardinals to open the second half built up a 23-point advantage at 59-36 and put the game out of reach.

Ball State posted 15 steals in the game and took advantage of 20 Butler turnovers, turning them into 27 points.

Ellen Hamilton notched a team-high 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field and 2-of-4 for three, while Jackie Closser finished in double-figures with 13, including a trey to extend her three-pointers-made streak to 35 contests.

Rusche paced all scorers with 36 points, including 19 in the first half.

The Bulldogs head to Evansville on Wednesday (Dec. 6) when they take on the Purple Aces beginning at 7:00 p.m. CST.