Green Bay Halts Butler, 73-58

Green Bay Halts Butler, 73-58

Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler was unable to get its offense clicking in the early going as visiting Green Bay built up a double-digit lead midway through the first period en route to a 73-58 decision at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday (Jan. 17).

The loss sends the Bulldogs to 12-3 overall and 2-2 in league play, while the Phoenix improves to 13-3 and 5-0 in conference.

Despite several attempts to climb back into the contest, the Bulldogs were unable to get the defensive stops they needed throughout the game, as Green Bay controlled the scoring down low with a 46-to-22 edge on points in the paint and turned 20 Butler turnovers into 22 points.

A 12-4 run early in the game pushed Green Bay in front 16-6 with just under 10 minutes to go in the period. A three-pointer by Candyce Brown cut the deficit to seven with under seven minutes left, but an ensuing 10-2 streak by the Phoenix put the Bulldogs in a 15-point hole just five minutes later.

Back-to-back treys by Candace Bain and Brittany Bowen trimmed the gap to nine before a Phoenix lay-up sent the Bulldogs into the break trailing 32-21.

Green Bay went right back to work at the start of the second, riding a 12-4 run to go up 44-26 with 16:45 remaining.

Butler refused to quit, as a lay-in by Bowen and a triple by Susan Lester cut the difference to 14, but the Phoenix would continue to thwart every Bulldog rally attempt down the stretch.

Lester finished with a team-high 13 points and five rebounds, while Lade Akande chipped in eight points. Tara Miller finished with a team-best six assists, while Bowen added eight points.

Melanie Thornton and Chloe Hamilton each added six points off the bench.

Butler returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 19) when it hosts Milwaukee beginning at 2:00 p.m.