Butler Opens League Play with Win over Raiders
Dec. 30, 2003
Behind a pair of double-doubles and 90 percent free throw shooting, the Bulldogs were able to hold off a stubborn Wright State squad, 69-64, Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The game was the Horizon League opener for both schools, as Butler improved to 4-7 (1-0) on the year, while the Raiders fall to 3-8 (0-1). Senior Dionne Goodwin led the Bulldogs with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Goodwin's 15 points came on 6-of-10 shooting, as she led four Bulldogs in double figures. Cortney Urquhart posted 10 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Freshmen Ellen Hamilton and Jackie Closser each added 10 points as well. That mark set a new career high for Hamilton.
The Bulldogs led 38-37 after 20 minutes of play behind eight points from Closser. The first half was marked by suspect play as the teams combined for 22 turnovers and 20 fouls (including six offensive fouls). Wright State's Iesha Gray had 19 points in 17 first-half minutes.
The second half became a back-and-forth battle as the lead changed hands eight times during the course of the game and was tied on seven separate occasions. An Urquhart layup with 14:51 remaining gave the Bulldogs a 51-44 lead, its largest of the night. The Raiders would chip away at the lead until a Tyanda Hammock jumper at 6:52 gave the visitors a 59-57 advantage. Dionne Goodwin went to work inside, scoring eight of the Bulldogs' last 12 points to secure the victory.
Senior Nancy Bowden had eight points and six assists for the Bulldogs. Butler out-rebounded the Raiders, 40-30, on the night, while shooting 37 percent (23-61) from the field. The Raiders hit 46 percent (26-56) of their shots, making Tuesday's game the first this season that the Bulldogs won despite being out-shot. The difference came at the free throw line, where the Bulldogs knocked down 19-of-21 attempts, compared to the Raiders' 9-of-12 effort.
Gray's 27 points and nine rebounds led Wright State. Freshman guard Brittney Whiteside added 13 points. The Raiders committed 19 turnovers to the Bulldogs' 18.
The Bulldogs continue their homestand and league play Saturday when defending league champion UW-Green Bay (5-4) comes to Hinkle Fieldhouse. The tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.