Hot-Shooting Bulldogs Defeat Youngstown State

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INDIANAPOLIS - In its most efficient and balanced offensive performance in several years, the Butler women's basketball team scorched the nets at Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday for an 88-69 win over Youngstown State. Senior Alyssa Pittman had 18 points - all in the first half - as six different players had at least eight points.

The Bulldogs (11-6, 5-0 HL) buried shot after shot and had open looks all day, shooting 32-for-52 from the floor (.615), including a 16-for-24 (.667) shooting mark in the first half. The Bulldogs finished with 14-for-23 shooting from 3-point range. The single-game school record for 3s was 15, set in 2007.

Pittman's 18 points came on six 3-point baskets, all in the first half. over a span of 8:50. She made her first four treys over a 2:52 span that put the Bulldogs up 23-16. She finished 6 for 9 from beyond the arc. The senior wing made her first five treys before finally missing. With Pittman leading, Butler continued to drain 3s on the Penguins. Junior Devin Brierly and sophomore Claire Freeman each made a pair of 3-pointers and freshman Mandy McDivitt made all three of her long-range shots in the game's final minutes.

Sophomore Becca Bornhorst had her finest game of the season, scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds. Senior Brittany Bowen added 12 points.

"Today was a great team effort. We moved and shared the ball," head coach Beth Couture said. "It was nice for us to share the ball and hit the open shot when we had it.

"We're playing with a lot of confidence. Our seniors are doing a great job of leading and we are playing well right now."

With Butler having its best shooting day, Youngstown State gave a valiant effort and almost kept pace. YSU shot 56 percent in the first half before cooling off and the Bulldogs pulled away. BU led 43-36 at halftime, and would lead by double figures most of the second half. A trey by Freeman would make it 70-54 with 7:55 to play. Butler would extend its lead to 75-56 on a 3-point play with 5:50 left.

Youngstown State (3-15, 1-5 HL) never got closer than 14 the rest of the day. McDivitt hit a pair of 3s in the final 53 seconds to provide the final margin.

YSU's Brandi Brown had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Monica Touvelle added 14 and hit four 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs, atop the Horizon League with Green Bay as the conference's only undefeated teams, will travel to Chicago for games against Loyola and UIC next weekend.