Dec. 7, 2005
Freshman Candace Jones led five Bulldogs in double figures Wednesday with 17 points, but host Miami (Ohio) used a big first half to post an 88-72 win. Katie Guerriero led the RedHawks with 21 points, as Miami's win at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio lifted the team to 3-4. Butler falls to 2-4.
Miami shot 61 percent in the first half, including 6-of-7 from three-point range, to post 50 points in the opening 20 minutes and take a 50-33 lead into the intermission. Butler countered with 50-percent shooting in the opening frame, but couldn't overcome 14 first-half turnovers and 13 second-chance points by the RedHawks. A 19-2 run by the RedHawks turned a four-all tie into a 23-6 Miami advantage with 13:54 remaining. A Carla Gheorghe lay-up at the 5:22 mark pulled the Bulldogs within seven at 35-28, but Miami scored the next 13 points to stretch the lead back to 20 shortly before the halftime horn.
Butler played without junior point guard Jackie Closser, who was injured late in Sunday's game against Indiana State. The reigning "Horizon League Player of the Week" is questionable for the Bulldogs' next contest.
The Bulldogs out-scored the RedHawks by one in the second half, as hand-checks and whistles grinded the game to a halt in the second half. The teams combined for 31 stoppages in the second 20 minutes alone.
Jones went 6-of-14 from the field in posting her career-high. Ellen Hamilton (13), Carla Gheorghe (12), Candace Bain (career-high 12) and Stephanie Boeke (10) joined her in double figures. Butler shot 42 percent from the field and went 17-of-23 from the free throw line.
Guerriero and Amber Miller combined for 33 points in the post for Miami. The duo entered the contest averaging just nine combined points per game. Cindi Merrill added 16 for Miami, which shot 50 percent from the field and hit 8-of-12 three-point attempts.
After starting the season with six contests on the road, the Bulldogs finally open Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday against Ball State. Live video and audio for the 2 p.m. contest will be available on www.butlersports.com.