BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Butler women's basketball team shot a season-high .488 and freshman Hannah Douglas scored a career-high 15 points in a 71-61 loss at Bowling Green Saturday afternoon.
The Falcons, up five at the half, led by double figures for much of the second period. They took a 44-30 lead with 15:58 remaining, but Butler answered with five points by Howard and a 3-pointer by sophomore Mandy McDivitt to make it 46-39 with 11:52 left. At the 10:17 mark, Hamm scored to pull BU within 50-41.
"We really battled. I have no problem with this group's effort," head coach Beth Couture said. "But we need to pay attention to the details that will make us win."
Bowling Green (4-2) moved the ball for good shots and worked inside with Alexis Rogers and outside with Chrissy Steffen. The Falcons built the lead up to 65-47 with 5:02 left to play and then held off the Dawgs' comeback effort. The game ended with a 10-4 Butler run, highlighted by Hamm scoring five points late in the game.
Steffen and Jessica Slagle each scored 15 points for Bowling Green. Rogers had 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals before fouling out. The Falcons forced 24 Butler turnovers, the most giveaways the Bulldogs have had in a game this year. BU shot 20-for-41, its best shooting day of the season. The Bulldogs shot .524 in the second half.
The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 14 in the first half before closing with a good run. In the final two minutes, a pair of jumpers by Douglas and a 3-pointer by Brierly pulled Butler to within 34-26 with 1:46 left in the half. Howard finished the half with two fouls shots to close the half with Butler on a 6-1 run. The Bulldogs trailed 34-29 at the half.
Butler will play at Indiana State Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. BU's next home game is Friday, Nov. 9 vs. Ball State.