Green Bay, Wis. - A 51-point first half by Green Bay all but sealed the game despite a spirited second half by the Bulldogs, as Butler dropped an 84-59 decision to the host Phoenix at the Kress Center on Saturday (Feb. 16) afternoon.
Green Bay shot 52.5 percent from the field (31-for-59) and held a convincing 43-20 edge on rebounds as the Horizon League leading Phoenix improved to 20-4 on the year and 12- in conference play. Butler, meanwhile, falls to 16-8 overall and 6-7 in the league.
The Bulldogs kept things interesting in the early going, battling back from an 8-4 deficit to take a 13-12 lead with 12:34 to go in the period. Candace Jones and Candyce Brown connected on back-to-back three-pointers before Lade Akande buried a jumper to give Butler its first lead of the game.
The advantage would be the final one for the Bulldogs, however, as an ensuing 13-0 run by the Phoenix put Green Bay up by 12 at 25-13 with just over eight minutes to play in the half.
The Phoenix continued to drain shots throughout the remainder of the period, shooting 58.8 percent from the floor and hitting nine shots from beyond the arc to build up a 32-point margin heading into the break.
Butler came out and played much more inspired basketball in the second half, cutting as much as a 39-point deficit to 23 in less than 10 minutes, but the rally would be far too much too late. The Bulldogs outscored the Phoenix 40-33 in the second period and finished the game with a 23-13 margin in points off turnovers.
Brittany Bowen came on strong in the second half, scoring 14 of her team-high 18 points after the break and finishing 7-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range. Akande added 13 points, while Susan Lester tallied eight points and a team-best six boards.
Butler returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday (Feb. 21) when they host Wright State beginning at 7:00 p.m.