December 19, 2004

Turnovers Aid Evansville in 58-52 Win Over Butler

Dec. 19, 2004

Box Score

Twenty-nine turnovers and a timely second-half run by Evansville downed the Bulldogs, 58-52, Sunday afternoon in Evansville, Ind. Sophomore Jackie Closser hit five three-pointers to lead the Bulldogs with 15 points. The loss is the fourth straight for the Bulldogs, who drop to 4-5 on the season, while the Purple Aces improve to 6-1.

Sophomore Ellen Hamilton added 11 points for the Bulldogs, while junior Stephanie Boeke had a game-high and personal best ten rebounds. The Bulldogs shot 48 percent for the game and held Evansville to 29 percent accuracy, but the Purple Aces had 23 more field goal attempts and 16 more free throw tries.

The Purple Aces led 46-45 with eight minutes to go before going on an 8-0 run that put the game out of reach. Evansville out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 40-30, including a 22-4 edge on the offensive glass. Butler did hold the Purple Aces, among the national leaders in three-pointers made, to 5-of-23 shooting from behind the arc. The Bulldogs hit nine treys of their own.

Hot shooting was the only reason the Bulldogs took a 30-26 advantage into the intermission. Butler committed 16 turnovers in the first 20 minutes and gave up 11 offensive rebounds to the Purple Aces. However, Butler hit 11-of-18 shots (61 percent) from the field, including five three-pointers. Evansville had their own offensive troubles, hitting just 29 percent from the field and committing 10 turnovers.

Guard Megan Liffick led a balanced Evansville attack with 11 points.

The Bulldogs have a short turnaround, returning to Hinkle Fieldhouse Tuesday (Dec. 21) to face another in-state rival in IPFW. The 7 p.m. battle with the Mastodons can be heard live on www.butlersports.com. Following the holiday break, Butler opens Horizon League action Wednesday, Dec. 29 against Wright State in Dayton, Ohio.