Milwaukee, Wis. - Porshia Allen notched her fifth double-double of the year and the Bulldogs attempted to rally back after dropping the opening game, but host Milwaukee held off the Butler charge for a 30-18, 30-25, 30-12 decision at the Klotsche Center on Friday (Sept. 21) evening.
After falling in the first game of the night, the Bulldogs came back with authority in the second game, reeling off 17 kills at a .261 clip and holding a 16-13 advantage midway through. The Panthers would chip away at the lead, however, breaking a 19-19 deadlock before pulling away for the 30-25 win.
Milwaukee would jump for 11 unanswered points after the break and take the match in a 30-12 third game.
"We really started to come together and turn things in the right direction in the second game," head coach Sharon Clark said. "Our blocking was still strong and we had some good kills, but Milwaukee was able to finish the plays they needed. We played much better than the score shows."
Allen finished with a team-high 12 kills, including eight at a .538 clip in the second game alone, while freshman Jessica Wolfe added seven kills and six assists.
The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday (Sept. 22) when they take on Green Bay beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.