INDIANAPOLIS - After being honored for a career achievement during warm-ups, senior forward Susan Lester gave a strong single-game performance of 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Butler women's basketball team to a 65-57 win over IPFW.
Lester, who was honored after scoring her 1,000th career point at Kentucky last weekend, shot 6-for-15 from the floor and grabbed a game-high six offensive rebounds to help the Bulldogs (1-1) to their first win of the season.
"With Susan being honored before the game, it was great for her to go out and play as well as she did," head coach Beth Couture said. "And it wasn't just her play on the floor, but also her leadership in the huddles and in the locker room that will help us compete for a championship this season.
"We're excited to win. At this time of year, you just want to win."
Junior Brittany Bowen scored a team-high 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.
Butler crushed IPFW on the boards by a 46-27 margin while grabbing 18 offensive rebounds. The Bulldogs also shot 17-for-23 at the free throw line.
"I thought our rebounding was good," Couture said. "I am disappointed with our turnovers. We threw the ball around too much. But this is a game we can learn from and continue to improve."
The Bulldogs led by as many as 13 in the second half before IPFW rallied to take a 43-42 lead on a trey by Stephanie Rosado. Butler would answer with a 9-2 run over the next 4:26 - capped by a 3-pointer by sophomore Devin Brierly - to take a 53-45 lead. The Dogs would eventually stretch the lead to 10 at 65-55 before an IPFW lay-up at the buzzer provided the final margin.
After a slow start, BU claimed a 20-19 lead at 6:22 in the first half on a lay-up by Jenny Ostrom. A 20-7 run over the final 10 minutes of the half gave Butler a 28-21 lead at halftime.
Junior Terra Burns had eight points and six assists, while junior Chloe Hamilton had seven points and 11 rebounds.
Rosado led IPFW with 17 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Jordan Zuppe added 15 points.
Butler travels to Saint Louis Saturday, Nov. 21 for a 3 p.m. game. The contest against the Billikens will be the Bulldogs' last contest before the team heads to Cancun over Thanksgiving break.