Falcons Pull Away From Bulldogs

Falcons Pull Away From Bulldogs
Hannah Douglas

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Sophomores Hannah Douglas and Taylor Schippers scored in double figures to lead BU, but the Butler women's basketball team lost 67-47 at Bowling Green on Wednesday night.

Schippers had a good night from the perimeter, knocking down 3-for-6 from deep. She had two treys early as Butler led in the game. Douglas was agressive driving to the hoop and finished with 11 points. She also had two blocks and a pair of steals.

Junior Daress McClung finished with a career-best 13 rebounds to go with nine points and three steals. 

The Bulldogs controlled the opening minutes, and were taking away what Bowling Green wanted to do on offense. BU forced the Falcons to call two timeouts, taking momentum and claiming a 21-16 lead with 5:48 left in the half. That's when the key stretch took place, with BG shredding into the inside during a 10-0 run that gave it a 26-21 advantage. The Falcons ended the half with a 29-25 lead.  

Bowling Green, which has made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, pulled away in the second half. In all, the Falcons made 10 of their first 15 shots and would lead 54-36 with 7:27 left in the half. The lead would grow to 55-36 with 7:27 left in the game. 

Butler pressed the rest of the game and was able to slow Bowling Green somewhat. The Falcons made scoring difficult and eventually made some jump shots late in the game. BG's largest lead was the final margin.

Bowling Green shot .556 in the second half and was 21-for-43 from 2-point range for the game. For the game, the Falcons had a 36-14 scoring edge in the paint. The Bulldogs did block eight shots, continuing a good trend in that area. Butler entered the game second in the A-10 in blocked shots.

Bowling Green (5-3) was led by Danielle Havel and Miriam Justinger with 12 points. Havel also had 10 rebounds and five assists. Two other Falcons chipped in with 10 points. 

Butler's next game is at home against Indiana. The Bulldogs will host the Hoosiers Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. ET.