November 20, 2011

IPFW Shoots Past Butler 68-60

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – IPFW shot 52 percent from 3-point range to build an early lead and then held off the Butler women's basketball team to win 68-60 Sunday at the Gates Sports Center. Senior Devin Brierly led Butler with a career-high 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting.

Anne Boese shot 8-for-9 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 25 points. Erin Murphy added 17 points for IPFW (2-3). As a team, the Mastodons buried 12 3-point field goals to beat the Bulldogs.

Brierly was 4-for-5 from 3-point range in 34 minutes before fouling out in the final minute. Fifteen of her points came in the second half. Senior Terra Burns had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Sarah Hamm added eight points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.

"We didn't match their effort, and that is disappointing," head coach Beth Couture said. "They shot the ball well and I give them credit for that. But we did not play with any focus or intensity."

Down 15 at the half, Butler played hard and made some shots to get back into the game. Brierly started hitting from the outside and Burns was able to penetrate, but the Mastodons seemed to always answer with a timely basket. After Butler trimmed the lead from 16 down to seven with 9:07 remaining, Boese hit a trey to put IPFW back up 10. BU got back within 62-55 at the 3:05 mark but would only get one more field goal the rest of the game. The Bulldogs soon would have to foul and IPFW iced the game at the free throw line.

"Every time we got close, we would miss a defensive assignment," Couture said.

After Butler led in the opening moments, IPFW took the lead at the 16:35 mark on a 3-pointer by Boese. It would be one of four treys for Boese in the first half, as IPFW opened up a 38-23 lead at the break. The Mastodons shot 56 percent in the first half and made eight 3s in the opening period while holding Butler to 28 percent shooting.

Butler made 20 of its 25 free throws and had six less turnovers than IPFW. BU also held IPFW's leading scorer, Stephanie Rosado, to four points.

Butler (1-2) will play twice this week at Nevada's Nugget Classic. BU will play Nevada Friday, Nov.25 and either Penn State or Iowa State the next day.