Strong Second Half Not Enough as Penguins Fall at Butler
Indianapolis, Ind. -- A
solid second half was overshadowed by a cold-shooting first half
for the Youngstown State women's basketball team as it fell 84-50
at Butler on Monday evening.
The Penguins shot 39.4 percent in the second half, but were outshot 51.4 percent to 20.7 percent in the first half as it trailed 42-14 at halftime.
YSU forced Butler in 21 turnovers, which was nearly six more than its average coming in. The Penguins had eight steals in the game and have had at least six swipes in six straight games.
Nikita LaFleur scored a game-high 14 points for YSU in 23 minutes. Indianapolis native Kelsey Gurganus added nine points in front of a large gathering of friends and family, and Jaquetta Westley also scored nine.
Lade Akande had 13 points to lead Butler and moved into second place on Butler's all-time scoring list in the contest with her first bucket at the 15:56 mark. She now has 1,530 points in her four years. Brittany Bowen added 12 for the Bulldogs.
Butler outscored YSU 33-15 off turnovers despite committing one more turnover. The Bulldogs also had a 44-30 edge in the paint.
The Penguins shot 20.7 percent in the first half while Butler shot 51.4 percent en route to building a 42-14 lead. After Gurganus' bucket tied the score at 2-2 with 19:21 remaining, YSU went scoreless for more than nine minutes as Butler scored 17 straight.
LaFleur's bucket at the 10:10 mark ended the run, but Butler scored the next seven points and never led by less than 20 the rest of the way.
Chloe Hamilton and Akande scored seven points apiece in the first half to lead Butler.
Youngstown State opens up a three-game homestand against Milwaukee on Thursday at 5:15 p.m.. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the YSU men's basketball team.