Indianapolis, Ind. - Freshman Brittany Bowen tallied a career-high 20 points and five assists, junior Lade Akande added her third double-double of the season and the Bulldogs (15-6, 5-5 Horizon League) put on another strong defensive performance in trumping visiting UIC, 56-48, at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday (Feb. 7) evening.
Butler ran ahead to a quick 6-0 lead in the game and never looked back, as the Bulldogs led throughout in claiming a 2-0 series sweep of the Flames (8-13, 4-6) and their third-straight win over the Chicago school.
The Bulldogs took advantage of nine first-half turnovers by UIC, scoring 13 of their 26 points off the miscues in building up as much as a seven point advantage at 14-7 midway through the period. The Flames continued to hang around, trimming the lead to two before heading into the break trailing 26-23.
An 8-3 start to the second, capped by a pair of free throws and a lay-up by Bowen, pushed the Bulldogs ahead by eight at 34-26 less than four minutes in, while a lay-in by Candace Bain and two more from Candace Jones gave Butler its largest lead of the night at 44-32 with 9:10 remaining.
The Flames, however, would come roaring back on the heels of a 14-4 jaunt to cut the deficit to 48-46 with 2:53 to go, but the Bulldogs held UIC to just 1-for-5 shooting in the final minutes while building up an eight-point margin thanks to a lay-up by Akande and 2-for-2 trips to the line by Susan Lester and Bowen.
Butler held the Flames to just 30.5 percent shooting from the field in limiting its second straight opponent to 48 points. The Bulldogs also finished with a commanding 36 to 18 scoring edge in the paint.
Bowen went 7-for-11 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line for a game-high 20 points. She also added a game-best five assists and seven rebounds. Akande notched her third double-double of the year with 16 points and 10 boards.
Lester added eight points and six boards, while Jones finished with a bench-high eight points.
Butler returns to action on Saturday (Feb. 9) when it closes out its four-game homestand against Loyola beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.