Bulldogs Shoot Down Xavier 71-67
INDIANAPOLIS - Freshman Blaire Langlois had scored 16 points all season. But when her number was called Thursday night against Xavier,she responded with 14 points to help the Butler women's basketball team to a 71-67 victory.
Langlois, a Carmel, Ind., native, was one of four Bulldogs to score at least 13 points on the night. Sophomore Taylor Schippers led BU with 15 points and five steals. Another pair of sophomores, Liz Stratman and Hannah Douglas, each scored 13.
Langlois shot 5-for-7, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range. As a team, BU connected on 10 of its 20 attempts from beyond the arc. It was Butler's best long-range shooting night of the season.
"I thought we shot the ball as well as we've shot it this year," head coach Beth Couture said. "I challenged some of our young kids and I think Blaire definitely stepped up to that challenge. She's had three good practices and it didn't surprise me she had a good game."
"I shot well during practice and the passes my teammates gave me found me in the right spots," Langlois said. "Coach (Ashley) Hayes and Coach (Amy) Cherubini told me to go into the game and score and have fun. I just want to hit shots for my team."
Xavier (6-10, 0-2) was led by Amber Gray's 20 points and nine rebounds. The Musketeers only dress seven players.
The Musketeers played a 2-1-2 full-court press and made some shots early to lead 17-8. BU ripped off an 11-1 run keyed by seven points from Stratman and a trey by Langlois that put the Dawgs up 19-18 with 8:26 left before halftime. The two teams played evenly the rest of the half and BU took a 32-30 halftime lead.
With the game tied 35-35, Butler Douglas and Schippers spurred an 11-3 run over a span of about 4 minutes to lead 46-38 with 14:56 to play. The lead extended to 13 on multiple occasions before Xavier made its run. The Musketeers picked up full-court after made baskets and forced Butler into some turnovers. Two foul shots by XU's Ashley Wanninger at the 6:26 mark cut BU's lead to 57-54.
The final minutes ended up being a free throw shooting contest, with Douglas icing the game for Butler. Douglas made four free throws and Butler held off Xavier for its first Atlantic 10 Conference victory.
Butler (10-7, 1-1) will play at La Salle Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.