February 17, 2011

Bulldogs Scorch Flames, 78-57

Butler 78, UIC 57 - Feb. 17, 2011

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PHOTO GALLERY (Photos by Olivia Walter)

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler women's basketball team buried 10 3-pointers in the first half and the outcome was never in doubt in BU's 78-57 victory over UIC Thursday night. Senior Alyssa Pittman had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Bulldogs, who led 48-28 at halftime.

Senior Chloe Hamilton added 18 points and seven rebounds and fellow senior Brittany Bowen scored 12 and pulled in six boards. 

The Bulldogs led by as many as 29 in the second half in the decisive victory. BU finished 12 for 20 from 3-point range while holding UIC to 33.9 percent shooting. 

"We came together offensively and defensively tonight," Bowen said. "We made some stops and were moving the ball really well.

"We got back to playing Butler basketball tonight."

The Bulldogs made their first four 3-pointers to build a 14-4 lead, and the game was effectively over. Leading 14-11, Butler went on a 25-7 run to take a 37-18 lead with 5:32 remaining the first half. Butler led 40-24 when Pittman hit a pair of 3s and a lay-up to make it 48-26 just before halftime.

The Dawgs extended the lead early in the first half and cruised the rest of the way. A 3-pointer by freshman Mandy McDivitt gave BU a 70-41 lead with 8:17 to play. The Flames (11-13, 6-7) wouldn't get closer than 19 the rest of the way.

"The biggest thing for us tonight was ball movement," head coach Beth Couture said. "We got good looks and worked inside and outside. I felt we had a good flow with our offense."

Butler (16-10, 10-4) finished 12 for 20 from beyond the arc and posted 20 assists on 30 field goals.

UIC was led by Shameia Green with 14 points. Kiara Strickland added 11 and Briana Hinkle 10, respectively.

Butler will finish its home schedule Saturday vs. Loyola. It will serve as Senior Day for BU's five senior players - Azjah Bass, Bowen, Terra Burns, Hamilton and Pittman.