INDIANAPOLIS - Sophomore Sarah Hamm scored a career-high 16 points and freshman Haley Howard added 18 as the Butler women's basketball team routed local opponent Marian 74-39 Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. It was the second straight win for the Bulldogs.
Hamm was 5-for-10 from the floor and also pulled down nine rebounds. Howard, Butler's leading scorer, got her points on 6-for-16 shooting and 4-for-5 at the foul line. She also grabbed nine boards. Sophomore Mandy McDivitt added 11 points, drilling three 3-pointers
The Bulldogs' defense swarmed, forcing 24 turnovers and holding the Knights to 20 points or less in each half. Marian made just 14 field goals on the day.
"I'm proud of our team. It was good for us to play well. We came out focused," head coach Beth Couture said. "It was good to see our posts rebounding and for us to make some shots."
Coming off a week of final exams, the Bulldogs got off to a fast start. BU scored the first 11 points of the game and led by 10 for most of the first half. The Dawgs extended the lead to 33-19 at halftime.
Butler cruised in the second half before pulling away late. Leading 51-34 at the 9:07 mark, Butler used an 11-2 run to lead 62-36 with 4:44 remaining. Butler's first 30-point lead was 69-38 at the 3:05 mark.
Senior Devin Brierly added seven points and a team-leading four assists. Freshman Hannah Douglas scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds. The Bulldogs finished a solid 17-for-21 at the free throw line. Marian was led by three players with eight points each.
Butler has one more game before adjourning for a brief holiday break. BU welcomes IUPUI to Hinkle Fieldhouse Wednesday, Dec. 21 at noon.