Butler Falls to Valparaiso, 61-51, in Overtime at State Farm Classic

Dec. 4, 2004

Box Score

Valparaiso got a jumper from Jenna Stangler to fall at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime and then out-scored the Bulldogs, 12-2, in the extra session to take a 61-51 win over Butler Saturday afternoon in the State Farm Classic in Terre Haute, Ind. Senior Cortney Urquhart led the Bulldogs with 17 points and 14 rebounds. The Crusaders improved to 2-3 on the season, while Butler fell to 4-2.

After an Urquhart free throw, the Bulldogs led 47-41 with a minute to play before the Crusaders scored six unanswered points. Urquhart hit a jumper with six seconds to play to give the Bulldogs a 49-47 advantage before Stangler sent the game into overtime. In the overtime session, Valparaiso got seven points from Jamie Gutowski to secure the win.

"We learned Tuesday night when we came back from 20 down at Western Michigan that no game is over until the final horn," said coach Beth Couture. "Valparaiso just made plays in the final minute of regulation and we didn't execute in situations that we practice all the time. We let one slip away today."

Urquhart's double-double was her first of the season and her season high in both categories. Sophomore Jackie Closser added nine points, while classmate Ashley Brenden had seven points and eight rebounds. Butler shot 35 percent from the field, but managed only 6-of-23 shooting from three-point range and 5-of-11 from the free throw line. The Bulldogs out-rebounded Valpo, 45-36.

Butler was done in by 20 turnovers, as Valparaiso committed only 13. The Crusaders shot 36 percent from the field and hit 15-of-21 free throws. Stangler led the team with 15 points.

The Bulldogs went into the intermission with a 25-20 advantage. Down 8-1 almost seven minutes into the game, the Bulldogs went on a 14-4 run, scoring on five straight possessions to take a 15-12 edge. The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Crusaders, 22-12, in the opening frame and were led by Urquhart and Closser's six points apiece.

Butler returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse Wednesday (Dec. 8) to host the RedHawks of Miami (Ohio) in a 7 p.m. match-up. The game is schedule magnet night and the team's "That's my Dawg" favorite player promotion. The Bulldogs continue the brief two-game homestand Saturday, Dec. 11 when Eastern Illinois comes to town.