ST. LOUIS - Senior Susan Lester scored 18 points and Butler shot 52 percent from the field as the Bulldog women's basketball team defeated Saint Louis, 69-57, Saturday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena. Junior Alyssa Pittman scored 13 off the bench and fellow junior Brittany Bowen added 11.
The Bulldogs (2-1) shot 10-for-22 (.455) in the first half and 11-20 (.550) in the second period while holding the host Billikens to just 26 points on shooting in the final 20 minutes.
The game went back and forth for most of the afternoon until the Bulldogs took charge over the final minutes. Lester hit a lay-up with 1:25 to go that gave Butler a 61-55 lead. Terra Burns scored five points over the next 1:02 - including a 3-point play with 27.4 seconds remaining - to put the game out of reach for SLU. Butler concluded the game on 13-4 run.
Butler led by as many 43-35 in the second half but the Bulldogs went scoreless for nearly four minutes and SLU went on an 8-0 run to tie the game with 11:01 left. Pittman scored on a drive to the basketball at the 10:07 mark and Butler led for the rest of the game.
Saint Louis (1-2) led in the early moments until four points by freshman Becca Bornhorst made it 30-27. The game was tied 31-31 at halftime.
Amanda Kemezys led Saint Louis with 14 points and eight rebounds. No other Billiken player scored more than four.
Butler will play two games next week in the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic. BU will play Syracuse and Northern Iowa.
NOTES: Lester's 18 points came on 7-for-12 shooting . The senior is leading Butler in scoring (16.0) and rebounding (7.3)...Lester and Bowen each have scored in double digits in all three of Butler's games...Devin Brierly made her first start of the season (8th of her career), playing 23 minutes...Bornhorst played the best game of her young collegiate career, scoring six points and collecting seven rebounds in 23 minutes. She made a highlight-reel play with 16:14 remaining in the game, grabbing a rebound and dribbling the length of the floor to feed Chloe Hamilton on a fast-break lay-up...Butler shot a season-best 16-for-20 from the free throw line, with Burns making all five of her attempts.