CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sophomore Taylor Schippers scored 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting but a late run by Charlotte down the Butler women's basketball team 59-49 on Wednesday night.
The 49ers, which improved to 8-1 in Atlantic 10 play, scored the last 12 points of the game to pull away late. A runner by Schippers at the 5:06 mark gave BU a 49-47 lead. However, it was the final points for Butler. Jai Forney and Ny Hammond each scored four points to put Charlotte ahead 55-49. The 49ers iced the game at the foul line and didn't allow Butler anything on offense down the stretch.
Butler led most of the night, claiming its largest lead at 35-26 on a jumper by Schippers. Charlotte answered with a 9-2 run to pull within 37-35 at 13:08. The 49ers would tie the game at 39-39 on a lay-up with 11:21 remaining. The teams traded baskets until a 3-pointer by Hillary Sigmon lifted Charlotte to a 47-45 lead. That's when the 49ers clamped down defensively, allowing just two points for BU over the final 5:38.
As the second half belonged to Charlotte, the first half was all Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs limited Charlotte to .286 shooting in what was a sloppy first half for the home team. The 49ers led 8-7 early but BU took control and didn't trail the rest of the half. A 3-pointer by Schippers gave Butler a 22-17 lead, and later a trey from the corner by junior Mandy McDivitt lifted the lead to 27-21. Butler headed into the locker room with a 27-23 lead.
Jennifer Hailey and Amanda Dowe each had a double-double for Charlotte. Hailey had 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks while Dowe added 13 points and 14 rebounds. Twelve of Dowe's boards were offensive. As a team, Charlotte pulled in 26 offensive rebounds.
Butler, which shot 44 percent from the floor, shot just two free throws the entire night.
Butler (14-10, 5-4) hosts its annual pink zone game Sunday, Feb. 17 when St. Bonaventure comes to Hinkle Fieldhouse. The game starts at 2 p.m. For every adult ticket sold, $2 will be donated to St. Vincent's Women of Hope walk.