Falcons Hold Off Bulldogs, 73-64
INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Chloe Hamilton scored 17 points to lead four Bulldogs in double figures but Bowling Green beat the Butler women's basketball team, 73-64, Wednesday evening. Seniors Brittany Bowen and Alyssa Pittman each scored 13 points and freshman Mandy McDivitt added 10.
Bowling Green was led by Lauren Prochaska's 28 points. Four players scored in double figures for the Falcons (12-1), who are now on a 12-game winning streak.
Down 36-26 at halftime, Butler fell victim to a run of 3-pointers early in the second half. Bowling Green's lead reached 51-32 with 14:25 to play.
Butler (6-6) made a comeback, getting the lead down to 12 and eventually pulled within 59-52 with 5:29 remaining. A pair of free throws by BG's Chrissy Steffen and a runner off the glass by Prochaska stopped BU's momentum and put the Falcons ahead 63-52.
Bowling Green would lead by as many as 16 before Butler went on a late run. A lay-up by Bowen and a 3-point play by Pittman score the deficit down to 72-64 in the final minute.
Hamilton shot 6-for-9 from the floor and 5-for-6 at the free throw line. All of Pittman's 13 points came in the second half. The Bulldogs shot 52 percent in the first half, their best effort in an opening period this season. They cooled to 36 percent in the second half. Butler made just two treys, both by McDivitt.
Bowling Green, one of the nation's top free throw shooting teams, missed 10 free throws. Prochaska, second in the nation at 78-for-80 entering the game, missed three foul shots. The Falcons' 9-for-23 shooting from beyond the arc seemed to seize momentum every time Butler got going.
Bowling Green, which has won the MAC six years in a row, got off to a 20-9 lead after a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by Prochaska. Behind Hamilton and Bowen, the Bulldogs stormed back with a 13-2 run to tie the game at 22. A jumper by sophomore Claire Freeman made it 26-26 with 3:14 to go in the half when BG went on perhaps the game's decisive run. Bowling Green closed the final 3 minutes with a 10-0 run to lead 36-26 at the half.