December 11, 2004

Late Trey Downs Butler in Controversial Final Minute

Dec. 11, 2004

Box Score

Eastern Illinois' Sarah Riva hit a three-pointer with two seconds to play Saturday afternoon, giving the visiting Panthers a 55-54 win over Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Cortney Urquhart and Ashley Brenden led the Bulldogs with 10 points apiece, as Butler falls to 4-4 on the season. The Panthers improve to 4-3 on the season.

Urquhart hit two free throws with a minute to play to give the Bulldogs a 54-52 edge. The senior then stole the ball and Butler called a timeout to set up a play. With 21 seconds remaining, senior Maria Marchesano took a handoff and drove down the right side of the lane, scoring a lay-up that should have sealed the Butler win. But the officials called a charge on a questionable collision and awarded the ball to EIU. The Panthers then found an open Riva in the corner. The trey was Riva's only points of the contest.

Butler opened the second half with a 17-3 run to turn a seven-point deficit into a 40-33 advantage. A Jackie Closser three-pointer, the Bulldogs' first of the game, at 13:59 highlighted the run. The Panthers then countered with a 9-0 spurt of their own to retake the lead and the teams traded baskets until the final minute.

Marchesano had eight points, while Closser, Ellen Hamilton and Stephanie Boeke each added seven. Closser lead the Bulldogs and matched a career-high with eight rebounds. Urquhart went 4-of-5 from the field, but was limited to 18 minutes, including just five in the first half, because of foul trouble.

Butler faced a 30-23 deficit at the half, shooting only 35 percent from the field, including 0-for-9 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes. Eastern Illinois hit 52 percent of their shots in the opening frame, but the teams combined for 21 turnovers. For the game, the teams had 41 miscues.

Butler out-rebounded EIU, 35-28, including pulling down 15 offensive boards. The Bulldogs ended the afternoon by shooting 40 percent, just less than the Panthers' 42 percent mark. The biggest discrepancy occurred at the free throw line where Eastern Illinois got 21 attempts, while Butler got to the charity stripe only eight times.

Senior Pam O'Connor led the Panthers with 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting and seven rebounds. No other Eastern Illinois player cracked double figures.

Butler takes the next week off to focus on final exams before traveling to Evansville for a game against the Purple Aces Sunday, Dec. 19. The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse Tuesday, Dec. 21 to take on IPFW. Horizon League action begins Dec. 29 at Wright State.