Butler Rallies For Win At Loyola
CHICAGO - Down by as many as 17, the Butler women's basketball team exploded for 42 points in the second half to defeat Loyola 60-57 Saturday evening at the Gentile Center. The victory was BU's first road win of the season.
Loyola led 29-12 late in the first half and was up 31-18 at halftime. Butler coach Beth Couture made some adjustments on both ends of the floor.
"Defensively, we knew we didn't want them shooting the 3," Couture said. "Law scored a lot, but we didn't want them getting three points instead of two. Offensively, we called plays pretty much the whole second half."
Butler out-scored Loyola 42-26 in the second half and held the Ramblers without a field goal for the final 9:17 of the game.
After halftime, Butler played perhaps its best 20 minutes of basketball this season. A 3-pointer by Brierly at the 16:40 mark pulled BU to within 35-30. Loyola answered and built its lead to 16 before the Bulldogs methodically chipped away at the deficit. A 9-0 Butler run would cut the lead to 53-52 with 4:30 left in the game.
Loyola led 56-54 when a baseline floater by Douglas tied the game with 2:20 remaining. Douglas scored again at the 1:26 mark to give Butler a 58-56 lead. Two free throws by Brierly with 12 seconds left iced the game.
Butler (7-11, 3-4) will host nationally-ranked Green Bay Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. ET.