Davis' Double-Double Not Enough in 77-60 Quarterfinal Loss to Butler
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Freshman Ta-myra Davis posted her first career double-double with career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Ashley Pendleton added a career-high 14 points but the Youngstown State women's basketball team (7-21) fell to Butler (15-14), 77-60, in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament on Thursday at Hinkle Field House.
Butler nailed 12 3-pointers and placed four players in double figures led by senior Jackie Closser and Susan Lester who each scored 15 points. Lade Akande added 13 and Cassie Freeman scored 11 points off the bench.
Butler, which made six 3-pointers in the first half, jumped out to a quick 15-2 advantage and led by 12 points, 24-12, after a 3-pointer by Susan Lester at the 8:30 mark.
Davis, who scored seven points and grabbed eight boards in the first half, began a 9-0 run by the Penguins with two free throws and Jessica Schloemp added two jumpers to slice the deficit to 24-18 at the 6:52 mark.
A lay up by Monique Godfrey and a free throw by Heather Karner with 5:05 to go capped the run and brought the Penguins within three, 24-21.
Butler responded with a 12-0 run over the three-minutes to balloon its cushion to 15 points, 36-21, and held the Penguins without a field goal until a Lauren Branson jumper at the 1:35 mark.
Davis added a jumper to bring YSU within 11, 36-25, at the 1:06 mark but Butler's Cassie Freeman drilled a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left to put the Bulldogs ahead by 14, 39-35, at the intermission.