DAYTON, Ohio - Junior Alyssa Pittman scored 23 points and hit seven 3-pointers but the Butler women's basketball team was edged, 84-81, in double overtime at Dayton Monday night. The Bulldogs sank a flurry of 3-pointers to erase a 12-point deficit in the second half.
Pittman was 7 for 15 from beyond the arc and shot 8 for 20 overall. She scored 20 in the second half as Butler came back from a 40-28 deficit. Senior Melanie Thornton added 16 points and 10 rebounds while junior Terra Burns had 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Junior Brittany Bowen had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Butler scored the first five points of the second overtime for an 81-76 lead but Dayton answered - keyed by a 3-point play by Kari Daugherty with 22.6 seconds left that tied the game at 81. The Flyers made their final five free throws to gain the lead. Butler had the ball with a chance to tie, but the pass to Pittman was deflected as the game's 50th minute ran out.
Tied 69-69 at the end of regulation, Dayton (10-2), a Top 25 team earlier this season, scored the first five overtime points until Pittman hit her sixth 3-pointer of the night to make it 74-72. Burns and Bowen followed with a pair of free throws each to give BU a 76-74 lead. Dayton answered in the final minute to tie it at 76 and send the game into a second overtime.
In regulation, BU had the ball trailing 69-67 with 30.4 seconds remaining. Pittman drove the lane and missed a jumper in the lane, but senior Susan Lester got the put-back to tie the game. Dayton called timeout with 5.8 seconds left. Dayton's Elle Queen missed a short jumper just as regulation expired.
Pittman buried three shots from long range during an 11-2 Butler run that tied the game at 51 with 10 minutes remaining.
Dayton went on two big runs in the first half to build a 40-28 halftime lead. The Flyers went on a 12-0 run early to take Butler's 8-4 lead and make it a 16-8 UD advantage. Leading 24-16, Dayton got eight straight points from Justine Raterman to take a 32-18 lead. Dayton shot 50 percent in the first half, compared to BU's 32 percent.
Thornton was Butler's bright spot in the first half, scoring 12 points on 6-for-11 shooting.
The Bulldogs forced Dayton into 25 turnovers. The Flyers shot 45 percent from the floor and had 24 assists and 33 field goals. Each team shot better than 76 percent at the free throw line.
Raterman had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Patrice Lalor had nine points and 10 assists.
Butler has nine days off until its next game. The Bulldogs host defending MAC champion Ball State Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.