William and Mary Down Butler 53-50 in Consolation Game
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/29/2008

Nov. 29, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -Kelly Heath proved an unlikely hero for William and Mary at the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament consolation game Saturday night.

After being held to a mere two points for the first 35 minutes, the junior guard scored the Tribe's final eight, including the final six points from either team to push the Tribe past Butler 53-50.

Heath followed a 12-ft.jumper with 3:27 to play with a layup two minutes later to give the Tribe a 51-50 lead - it's first since 35-34 at the 15-minute mark of the second half. She then drained a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to up the lead to 53-50.

After taking a timeout, Butler missed a pair of three-point attempts - one from Susan Lester with just over four seconds left and one from Bowen as the final buzzer sounded.

With the win the Tribe improves its record to 4-2 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-4.

William and Mary's Tiffany Benson led all scorers with 15 points, followed by Butler's Lester with 13, Brittany Bowen with 12 and Heath's 10.

Benson also led all players with 13 rebounds. Melanie Thornton led the Bulldogs with 10 boards.

William and Mary jumped out to an 11-0 lead thanks in large part to three consecutive buckets from forward Tiffany Benson.

The Bulldogs didn't manage a point for the games first 5:39, only to score the next nine points. A layup from Susan Lester with just over eight minutes left in the first half gave Butler a brief 15-14 lead.

Butler's rally didn't sit too well with William and Mary coach Debbie Taylor, who called a quick timeout. Her troops responded by scoring 14 of the game's next 18 points to take a 28-18 lead - their largest of the game.

Another run from Butler early in the second half led to a 40-40 tie with just over 12 minutes left.