NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior Brittany Bowen matched her career high with 26 points and the Butler women's basketball team rallied on multiple occasions before falling in overtime, 86-81, to Wake Forest Friday evening. The game against the Demon Deacons was BU's first of three at the WBCA Classic at Notre Dame.
Butler (2-2) led 71-69 in the final minute of regulation and appeared to have a steal with 38 seconds to go. However, Wake forced a Butler turnover and called timeout with 37 seconds left. WFU's Selicy Ray then banked a runner with 30 seconds remaining to make it 71-71. Pittman took a contested, leaning 3 at the buzzer in the final possession.
Wake Forest (4-0) scored the first four points of the overtime before BU rallied yet again. Butler led 79-77 with 1:42 before Wake's Chelsea Douglas made a 3 to put the Deacons up for good. WFU shot 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 37 seconds to ice the game.
The Demon Deacons had their largest lead of the night at 45-32 with 16:46 to play before Butler made a rally. BU went on a 12-2 run to come within 47-44 with 12 minutes remaining. WFU answered, building its lead back to 59-50.
Moments later, Bowen and Burns got the Dawgs started on a 13-2 run. Bowen hit a 3-pointer with 6:59 to play and later converted a lay-up after a Hamilton steal to make it 61-57. Bowen then got a steal and dropped a pass to Burns in transition. Burns converted a 3-point play to pull the Bulldogs within 61-60. After a bucket by Wake, Bowen hit a trey and Burns scored two free throws for Butler to lead 65-63.
Sandra Garcia led WFU with 20 points and nine rebounds. Ray had 19 points and 10 boards. Wake shot 24-for-26 at the free throw line.
Butler will play IUPUI (1-3) Saturday at 4 p.m. IUPUI lost to Notre Dame, 95-29, in the WBCA Classic opener.