INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Melanie Thornton had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Butler women's basketball team to a 65-44 win over Detroit Saturday afternoon. Junior Alyssa Pittman added 16 points off the bench for the Bulldogs, who have won four of their last five games.
Butler (12-6, 5-2 HL) moved into a four-way tie for first place in the Horizon League with the win. Green Bay, Cleveland State and Detroit are also 5-2 in league play.
BU held Detroit to 25.5 percent shooting and had a 43-35 rebounding edge. Butler climbed out to a 14-4 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game and never trailed. Detroit (7-11, 5-2 HL) pulled to within 14-11 but would never get any closer.
The Bulldogs led 26-17 late in the first half when Pittman made a pair of free throws and a lay-up at the first-half buzzer to give Butler a 30-18 lead at halftime.
Butler extended the lead in the second half and led by as many as 26.
Junior Azjah Bass and freshman Claire Freeman each scored seven points in the balanced Bulldog attack. Twelve BU players saw action and 10 got into the scoring column.
Brigid Mulroy and Yar Shayok led the Titans with 10 points apiece.
Butler will play its next three games on the road, starting Thursday, Jan. 28 at Green Bay.
NOTES: Butler is now 8-1 at home this season...The Bulldogs have won nine straight games over Detroit and haven't lost to the Titans since 2006...Butler had a 32-9 edge in bench points...Detroit's 25.5 shooting percentage is the lowest for a Butler opponent this season...Melanie Thornton had 17 points and 10 rebounds, her fifth double-double of the season...Alyssa Pittman had 16 points, her eighth double-figure scoring game and third in the last four games...Pittman is 7-for-13 from 3-point range over the last two games...Butler is 22-8 in its last 30 Horizon League homes games...The win was Beth Couture's 117th at Butler, bringing her within seven of the school record for victories.