Dec. 30, 2006
Youngstown, Ohio - All five Butler starters finished in double figures, and the Bulldogs shot a season-best 51.8 percent from the field en route to an 80-56 thumping of Youngstown State at the Beeghly Center on Saturday (Dec. 30) afternoon.
Butler (5-8, 2-0 Horizon League) once again turned to the three-pointer to power the offense, hitting 12-of-28 from beyond the arc with six different players notching at least one. Meanwhile, the Penguins (2-10, 0-2) were limited to 33.3 percent shooting from the field.
Butler never trailed in claiming its third-straight win, jumping out to a 12-0 advantage to open the game and holding the Penguins scoreless until the 14:36 mark. YSU closed the gap to as little as four at 21-17 with 9:40 remaining, but the Bulldogs pulled away down the stretch with a 17-9 run to close the period with a 14-point lead.
The Bulldogs came out on fire in the second stanza, shooting 57.7 percent from the field and led by no fewer than 12 at any point in the period.
Sophomore Tara Miller paced the Bulldog offense, finishing with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from three. Junior Cassie Freeman added 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting with two treys, while senior Ellen Hamilton finished with 13 on 4-of-6 and three triples.
Sophomore Lade Akande added 11 points and a team-best seven rebounds, while senior Jackie Closser finished with 10 points, going 2-of-4 for three. With her pair of makes from beyond the arc, Closser has now scored at least one three-pointer in 41 straight games.
Sophomores Candyce Jones and Candace Brown also connected from downtown, with Brown tying her career-high with seven points and Jones adding six.
The Penguins' 56 points is the lowest point total the Bulldogs have held an opponent to all year and is the third-straight game in which a Butler foe has scored fewer than 60, with Tennessee State (Dec. 20) and Cleveland State (Dec. 28) each scoring 57.
Butler will be idle next week before ending its month-long road swing at Wright State on Saturday, Jan. 6, when the Bulldogs take on the Raiders beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Nutter Center.