Dec. 20, 2006
Nashville, Tenn. - Butler put together one of its strongest offensive performances and clamped down on the defensive end to oust host Tennessee State in a 85-57 victory at the Gentry Center on Wednesday (Dec. 20).
A tight affair quickly turned into a route, as the Bulldogs held the Tigers to just three points in the final seven minutes of the first half.
Tennessee State kept things close in the opening minutes and held a two-point lead midway through the period before senior Jackie Closser gave the Bulldogs the lead for good on a three-pointer on the succeeding possession.
The Tigers kept things close, trailing only four at 27-23 with 7:05 remaining in the stanza. From there, the Bulldogs shut down the TSU offensive attack, yielding only a last-minute lay-up, while going on a 15-3 run to close the half with a 42-26 advantage. Sophomore Lade Akande scored nine of the points in the closing minutes.
A 12-0 surge to open the second period put the Bulldogs in front by 28 and Butler once again kept the Tigers in check to claim its largest win of the year.
Butler shot 45.5 percent from the field in the game, including 51.7 percent in the first half. The Bulldogs also forced 24 turnovers in the contest, converting them into 16 points.
Akande made the most of her 19 minutes in the game, finishing with a game-best 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Closser added 17, hitting 6-of-10 from the field with three treys, while sophomore Tara Miller continued her offensive success in her second game of the season with 12 points.
Senior Ellen Hamilton inched closer to netting her 1,000th career point, finishing with seven in the game and needing just three to reach the mark.
Kendra Appling led the Tigers with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting, while Obiageli Okafor added 12 points.
Following a break for Christmas, Butler opens up the Horizon League slate on the road against Cleveland State on Dec. 28 beginning at 7:00 p.m.