January 21, 2010

Balanced Attack Leads BU Past WSU, 77-61

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INDIANAPOLIS - A season-high five Butler players scored in double digits and BU controlled the entire game as the Bulldog women's basketball team defeated Wright State, 77-61, Thursday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Junior Chloe Hamilton led Butler with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Juniors Brittany Bowen and Alyssa Pittman each had 13.

"I thought we moved the ball well, and Wright State had trouble with us when we ran the floor," head coach Beth Couture said. "We shot the ball well and were able to score inside and outside."

With starting point guard Terra Burns limited to just three minutes due to an injury, freshman Claire Freeman (pictured) stepped up with a career-high 12 points while running the BU offense.

"Claire did a nice job," Couture said. "Wright State pressures the ball more th an anybody in our league, and I thought Claire handled the pressure and played well."

Butler (11-6, 4-2 HL) jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first 4:18 of the game and would lead 23-9 after starting 10-for-14 from the floor. Wright State closed to 27-21 on a lay-up by Molly Fox, but would get no closer the rest of the night.

The Bulldogs led 38-27 at halftime and extended the lead to 54-37 on a put-back by Bowen with 13:05 left. BU held its largest lead at 58-38 with 10:17 to go and cruised from there. Couture emptied the Butler bench with 2:07 left in the game.

LaShawna Thomas had a game-high 20 points for Wright State (5-11, 1-5 HL). The Raiders committed 23 turnovers and were outrebounded by Butler 31-27.

Senior Melanie Thornton started fast for BU, scoring eight points in the first six minutes of the game as the Bulldogs built a big lead. Thornton finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

Butler hosts Detroit in a key Horizon League battle Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m.