INDIANAPOLIS - Freshman Haley Howard scored a career-high 23 points but Detroit out-lasted the Butler women's basketball team 57-52 Thursday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Howard shot 7-for-13 and 6-for-6 from the foul line in a very efficient 24 minutes off the bench. She made 3 of her 4 attempts from 3-point range, the first time she's made three 3-pointers since Nov. 25 in Nevada. It was her 10th double-digit scoring game and her first since BU's Jan. 5 win at Youngstown State.
"If it weren't for Haley, tonight might not have been a fun game for us," head coach Beth Couture said. "I'm so happy for her because she's been playing hurt. For her to come out and have a good game at home is a good thing for her."
Sophomore Jenna Cobb added 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals for Butler, which hosts Wright State in its final regular season game Saturday, March 3.
Shareta Brown and Senee Shearer each scored 16 points for Detroit, which imrpoved to 13-4 in league play and can clinch the No. 2 seed this weekend with a win at Valparaiso."If you would've told us we held Brown to 16 point on eight shots, I'd have felt good - and I did," Couture said. "The problem was we just didn't hit shots."
Butler started the game with frigid 2-for-18 shooting, but played hard and forced enough Detroit turnovers to stay in the game. Detroit led 13-4 when Howard scored five quick points to get Butler going. Mid-range jumpers by freshman Hannah Douglas and sophomore Mandy McDivitt brought BU within 15-13 and Cobb had a 3-point play to give Butler a 16-15 lead at the 4:46 mark.
The two teams traded hoops down the stretch and a lay-up with 25 seconds left gave the Titans a 25-23 at halftime. Just after halftime, a 3-point play by Douglas put the Dawgs ahead 26-25 but that would be BU's last lead of the game. Detroit stayed a step ahead of Butler the entire second half. BU pulled to within 43-41 but couldn't get closer. A jumpshot by Yar Shayok with 2:56 put Detroit ahead 52-44 and Butler had to foul the rest of the way.