Dec. 13, 2003
The RedHawks of Miami (Ohio) didn't record a field goal over the last four minutes of the game, but hit enough free throws down the stretch to defeat the Bulldogs, 65-60, Saturday in Oxford. The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 15-5 run to claw back into the game, but could not sustain the momentum. Senior Nancy Bowden led Butler (3-6) with 15 points in the loss. Miami improves to 4-3 with the win.
Bowden added eight assists on the afternoon and went 7-of-10 from the free throw line in playing all 40 minutes. Four other Bulldogs added six points. The Bulldogs shot 36 percent for the game, including a 7-of-26 output from three-point range. Butler out-rebounded the home team, 40-36, holding the RedHawks without an offensive rebound in the second half.
Sophomore Cindi Merrill led the RedHawks with 15 points. Kim Lancaster came off the bench to add 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Center Colleen Day had 12 points and seven rebounds, fighting foul trouble for much of the second half. Miami shot 46 percent on the afternoon.
A Stephanie Boeke three-pointer with 15:52 remaining in the game capped a 15-5 run to open the second half, giving the Bulldogs a 36-34 lead. But Amanda Jackson sank two quick buckets for the RedHawks to pull Miami back in front. The Bulldogs and RedHawks would go back and forth for much of the second half.
Miami led 29-21 at the half behind eight points from Day. Maria Marchesano led the Bulldogs at the half with six points on 2-of-3 shooting from long range. Bowden had five points in the first stanza, with all of her scoring coming from the charity stripe. The RedHawks frustrated Bowden in the first half by shadowing her with Merrill, a Noblesville, Ind., native. The 5-8 sophomore is the largest defender to lock horns with Bowden one-on-one so far this season.
The Bulldogs opened the game with three straight turnovers and only shot 27 percent (7-26) for the first half. The RedHawks put up nine points off nine Bulldogs first-half turnovers. Miami could only muster a 12-of-33 (36 percent) shooting performance in the first half.
The Bulldogs take the next week off from competition for final exams in Indianapolis. Butler returns to action Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. as Illinois State invades Hinkle Fieldhouse. No matter where your holiday travel takes you, make sure to catch the game live on www.butlersports.com.