Dec. 4, 2005
Butler and Indiana State went punch-counterpunch throughout Sunday's contest, but the Sycamores used a decisive 17-2 run midway through the second half to secure an 85-72 win in the State Farm Hoosier Classic. The game was played in Muncie, Ind. at Worthen Arena on the Ball State campus. With the win, the Sycamores improve to 4-2 on the season. Butler falls to 2-3.
Junior Carla Gheorghe led the Bulldogs with career-highs of 23 points and eight rebounds. Jackie Closser had 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds, committing only one turnover against the Sycamores' pressure full-court defense. The Bulldogs committed only 15 turnovers, but allowed ISU to shoot 52 percent from the field.
After a Gheorghe three to pull Butler within one at 52-51 with 12:47 remaining, ISU scored 17 of the next 19 points to mount a 16-point lead at 69-53 after a pair of Stephanie Lisch free throws with 6:55 to play. A late spurt brought Butler back within eight, but the Bulldogs could get no closer.
The first half saw both teams answer the other with impressive runs. Down 6-2 two minutes into the game, Butler responded with a 12-0 run to take 14-6 lead. After ISU clawed back, the Bulldogs used an 8-0 spurt to take their largest advantage at 34-25 with just more than three minutes to play. ISU closed the half by scoring 13 of the final 15 points to take a 38-36 halftime advantage. Butler would not regain the lead at any point in the second half.
Freshman Lade Akande had her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Her 10 boards led Butler, who was out-rebounded 48-33 in the contest. Butler shot 39 percent from the field, including 9-of-23 from three-point range.
Senior Melanie Boeglin led ISU with 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting. After missing their first eight free throws to start the game, ISU closed by hitting their last 11 charity tosses. Those, combined with two late Kristen Weddle three-pointers, iced the game for the Sycamores. Lisch added 22 for Indiana State.
The Bulldogs finish off their six-game, season-opening road stretch Wednesday in Oxford, Ohio against the Miami RedHawks. The 7 p.m. tip can be heard live on www.butlersports.com. Butler opens Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday (Dec. 10) against Ball State. Live audio and video of that 2 p.m. contest will be aired live on www.butlersports.com.