February 25, 2012

No. 12 Green Bay Runs Past Butler

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Green Bay's Julie Wojta totaled 27 points, 13 rebounds, six steals and five assists to lead the 12th-ranked Phoenix to a 78-53 win over the Butler women's basketball team. 

Butler was led by sophomore Mandy McDivitt, who made four 3-pointers for 12 points. Sophomore Jenna Cobb added nine points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. In addition to the road loss, the Bulldogs lost sophomore Sarah Hamm to injury. Hamm left the game in the first half and didn't return. 

Green Bay, which improved to 25-1 on the year, made 30 of its 47 attempts inside the arc. That helped the team survive cold 4-for-14 3-point shooting. The Phoenix was just 1-for-11 from long range until the final minutes of the game. Lydia Bauer scored 13 points for Green Bay and Adrian Ritchie added 10.

Up 10 at the half, Green Bay went on a quick 8-0 to start the second half to put the game away. The Bulldogs found themselves down 20 for most of the half but gave a great effort. BU played hard until the final buzzer.

Butler opened the game with a lot of intensity and hung in while Green Bay missed shots. A 3-pointer by McDivitt put BU up 13-12 at the 11:12 mark in the first period. That was Butler's only lead of the game. The Phoenix answered with a 12-2 run to build a 24-15 lead.

Hamm had six points before going down with an injury at the 5:17 mark. With Green Bay up just 18-15, she drove the lane and lost the ball trying to make a spin move. She went down and was helped to the locker room.

Without the team's leading scorer and rebounder, the Bulldogs continued to play hard. Green Bay started shooting better and led 32-22 halftime lead. Wojta closed the half with a high-flying alley oop. 

Butler (12-15, 8-8) will close the regular at Hinkle Fieldhouse next weekend when it takes on Detroit and Wright State.