Dec. 6, 2006
Evansville, Ind. - Junior Cassie Freeman scored a career-high 21 points and the Bulldogs shot 47.5 percent from the field, but a season-high 21 turnovers proved costly as Butler fell to Evansville, 80-68, at Roberts Stadium on Wednesday (Dec. 6) evening.
The two teams battled through nine lead changes in the first half alone before Butler took a two-point advantage on a trey by Freeman with under four minutes remaining. The Bulldogs maintained the advantage in the waning minutes and built a six-point lead at 37-31 with 50 seconds left after Freeman connected on her third triple of the half.
The Purple Aces closed the stanza with a furry, however, as Courtney Felke netted a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left before sinking a triple with four ticks on the clock to cut the Butler advantage to one heading into the locker room.
Felke went right back to work almost as soon as she stepped on the floor, netting another three-pointer just 10 seconds into the second frame before scoring again from beyond the arc at 17:27 to give Evansville the lead for good at 46-43.
The Bulldogs held a slight advantage in field goal percentage (47.5 to 45.8), but Evansville turned 21 Butler turnovers into 24 points and held a decisive margin in the paint with 40 points to the Bulldog' 19.
"I thought we came out with a lot of energy and effort tonight," head coach Beth Couture said. "Everyone played hard the entire 40 minutes. I feel like we can take a lot of positives out the game as we prepare for conference play at the end of December."
Freeman was lights-out in the first half, going 4-of-4 from the field, including 3-of-3 shooting for three, and converting both of her free-throw attempts. She finished the night on a 6-of-8 clip from the field with a career-best five three-pointers.
Sophomore Lade Akande followed with 17 points of her own and was solid from the free-throw line, tying her career-best mark with nine makes. Senior Jackie Closser added 14 points, extended her three-pointers-made streak to 36 games with a pair of makes and played the full 40 minutes for the fourth time this season.
Felke led all scorers with 26 points, going 7-of-14 from the field and 6-of-11 for three. Rebekah Parker added 16 points, going 7-for-8 from the field.
The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse for the final time in 2006 when they host No. 10 Purdue beginning at 3:00 p.m.