March 13, 2011

Bulldogs Finish As League Tournament Runner-up

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GREEN BAY, Wis. - Senior Brittany Bowen scored a career-high 34points but the Butler women's basketball team fell short of a championship, 74-63, Sunday at Green Bay. The Bulldogs' season is still alive, as Butler has earned a spot in the WNIT.

Bowen shot 11 for 18 and 9 of 10 at the free throw line.  The 5-10 senior had 24 points in the second half and made three 3-pointers.

"It was an awesome game for Bri. In my opinion, she was the best player on the floor," head coach Beth Couture said. "There were a lot of great players on the floor - especially in green - but she carried us and had a great game."

#13/11 Green Bay (32-1) was led by Adrian Ritchie with 18 points. Five players did all of the scoring for Green Bay, all in double figures. The Phoenix advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year and 11th time since 1998.

Butler fell victim to a scoring drought early in the game, going 8:11 without any points while Green Bay built a 26-10 lead. BU was within 32-19 when Green Bay ripped off an 8-0 run over a 1:15 span to take a 40-19 lead at halftime.

Green Bay continued to attack in the early minutes of the second half, extending its lead to 48-22 at the 16:49 mark. BU went into full-court attack mode, and with Bowen scoring at will, got back into the game.

"I'm really proud of our team. Of course, we wanted to get to the dance. That was our goal. But we fought back and that second half is something we can build on," Couture said.

Butler out-rebounded Green Bay 34-32. Senior Alyssa Pittman was the other Bulldog player in double figures with 10.

Butler (20-13) will await its postseason fate following Monday's NCAA tourney selections. The Bulldogs earned an automatic bid into the WNIT as the regular season runner-up.