Dec. 29, 2004
Wright State's Steph Comisar's driving lay-up with 17 seconds to go in overtime lifted the host Raiders to a 60-59 win Wednesday night over Butler in Dayton, Ohio. Sophomore Jackie Closser led the Bulldogs with 15 points, including a three in the final minute of regulation that sent the game into the extra period. In the Horizon League opener for both teams, Wright State improves to 7-5 (1-0), while Butler falls to 5-6 (0-1).
Closser added eight rebounds and four assists in 45 minutes of action, while senior Cortney Urquhart had 10 points despite foul trouble. The Bulldogs shot 34 percent for the game, but used a strong performance from the free throw line (20-26 for 77 percent) to stay in the game.
"I'm still eager to see what could happen if we would play a full game," said coach Beth Couture. "Our zone defense is keeping us in games, but we're still committing turnovers, giving up offensive rebounds and missing shots. What was encouraging tonight was that we had some individuals step up and make big plays for us."
Butler committed 23 turnovers, but the Raiders could manage just 12 points off the Bulldogs' miscues. The Raiders grabbed 19 offensive rebounds, turning those into 17 second-chance points.
Closser's third three-pointer of the game came with 43 seconds to play in regulation, tying the game at 51. The trey capped a second half that saw the Bulldogs overcome a nine-point halftime deficit, including a 10-2 run to open the second half. After stopping the next Raider possession, the Bulldogs could manage only an off-balance three at the buzzer that missed.
Twelve first-half turnovers plagued the Bulldogs as the host Raiders took a 34-25 advantage into the locker room. Butler shot just 33 percent in the opening frame, as the Bulldogs didn't even attempt a three-point shot until midway through the first half.
Sophomore Brittney Whiteside led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Whitney Lewis added 15 points and 11 boards. Wright State shot 35 percent for the game and held a slight 44-40 edge on the glass.
Butler returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a three-game homestand to open 2005. Horizon League rival UW-Milwaukee comes to Indianapolis Monday, Jan. 3 for a 7 p.m. tip before preseason league favorite UW-Green Bay takes on the Bulldogs Jan. 8 in a men's/women's doubleheader. All games can be heard live on www.butlersports.com.