Indiana Shoots Past Bulldogs, 63-41

Dec. 9, 2008

Box Score

Bloomington, Ind. - A 14-1 Indiana run late in the opening period broke open what had been a closely-contested battle through the first 15 minutes, as the host Hoosiers claimed a 63-41 decision over Butler at Assembly Hall on Tuesday (Dec. 9) evening.

Lade Akande and Susan Lester each scored 10 points in the game, but a strong all-around shooting effort by IU proved to be too much, as the Bulldogs fall to 3-5 on the season.

Butler jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first minute and a half, as Brittany Bowen and Melanie Thornton turned a pair of steals into two lay-ups.

Seven-straight points by the Hoosiers, however, put the Bulldogs in a 7-4 deficit less than two minutes later. A jumper by Bowen brought Butler back to within one - a difference that would be maintained for the next four minutes before IU connected on two-straight field goals for an 11-6 advantage.

Butler continued to answer the challenge, as a three-pointer by Lester and a lay-up by Akande twice trimmed the deficit to two points with less than 10 minutes to go, but a 6-0 run by Indiana built the gap back up to eight with 7:45 remaining.

Refusing to go away, the Bulldogs kept the game within reach, as a pair of free throws by Lester brought the scoring to within six at 25-19 with 4:24 left in the frame.

Indiana took over from there, however, as the Hoosiers went 6-for-8 from the field with a pair of threes to key a 14-1 run and send them into the break leading 39-20.

The Bulldogs came out looking much stronger in the second half, as the defense held the Hoosiers to just nine field goals in the entire final period, but the effort would not be enough to overcome the large hole created in the opening stanza.

Akande finished with 10 points and a team-high six rebounds, while Lester added a pair of treys to finish with 10 points of her own.

Butler returns to action on Saturday (Dec. 13) when it battles Miami (Ohio) beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio.