INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Brittany Bowen had 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals and the Butler women's basketball team got its first look at the new season in an 80-66 exhibition win over Hillsdale Sunday afternoon. Senior Chloe Hamilton scored 12 points for the Bulldogs, and freshman Sarah Hamm added 11.
"I was really happy with our effort," head coach Beth Couture said. "We didn't always do everything right, but we played hard and with a lot of effort."
Butler built a 43-29 halftime lead and withstood a rally by Hillsdale to lead by 19 late in the game. Shortly after halftime, the Chargers cut BU's lead to 45-39 but the Bulldogs answered with a 12-3 run to go up 57-42 with 10:52 left. A lay-up by Hamm gave the Bulldogs a 75-56 lead with 4:41, and Butler cruised to the final buzzer.
Butler had a 35-27 rebounding edge and forced 26 turnovers in the win. BU shot 46 percent, including a 13-for-26 effort in the first half. Hillsdale kept the game close with long-range shooting, making eight 3-pointers.
Junior Devin Brierly chipped in 10 points and senior Alyssa Pittman had nine points and four steals for the Dawgs. Hillsdale's Lea Jones scored 13 points before fouling out. Two other Charger players had 12 points.
Butler, a 23-10 team last season, will open its regular season Saturday, Nov. 13 at Bradley. BU's home opener is Wednesday, Nov. 17 against Saint Louis.