DETROIT - Senior Brittany Bowen had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead four Bulldogs in double figures as the Butler women's basketball team defeated Detroit, 72-66, Saturday at Calihan Hall. Seniors Alyssa Pittman added 18 points and fellow senior Chloe Hamilton had 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The win puts Butler (9-6) at the top of the Horizon League standings at 3-0, with two road wins. Green Bay and Butler are now the conference's lone unbeaten teams.
"We knew we needed to do well on this road swing, and for us to get two wins against teams who will be in the top half of our league was huge," head coach Beth Couture said. "Our kids played hard and refused to lose. But the best thing about getting the two road wins is that we left here getting better."
Sophomore Becca Bornhorst, making her third career start, added 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Butler shot a season-best 10 for 21 from 3-point range. Pittman made four treys and Bowen buried three. Detroit's Demeisha Fambro scored 16 points to lead UDM. Dominique Dixon added 15.
Up just 36-33 just after halftime, Butler went on a 14-5 run to take a 50-38 lead with 9:56 to play. Detroit (8-7, 2-2 HL) wouldn't go quietly, and used full-court pressure to climb back into the game. The Bulldogs owned a 60-49 lead with 6:24 to play, but Detroit's pressing attack led to a 16-3 Titans run. A pair of free throws by Yar Shayok made it 63-62 with 3:19 to play.
Bowen sank a pair of foul shots with 2:06 to play and Detroit answered with a bucket to make BU's lead 65-64. Butler would score the next four points on a lay-up by Hamilton and two free throws by Pittman to go up 69-64 with 0:27 to play. The Bulldogs would make 3 of their final 4 free throws in the final 0:15 to ice the game.
The Bulldogs will bring their 3-0 league record home to Hinkle Fieldhouse for two games next weekend. BU hosts Cleveland State Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. Youngstown State comes to Indy Saturday, Jan. 15.