GREEN BAY - No. 24/22 Green Bay rebounded from its recent losing streak to defeat the Butler women's basketball team, 73-62, in a battle for the lead in the Horizon League standings. Junior Chloe Hamilton led BU with 16 points and seven rebounds. Senior Melanie Thornton added 13 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals.
Julie Wojta scored a game-high 23 points for Green Bay (17-2, 6-2 HL) before fouling out with 2:47 left in the game. She shot 8-for-13 and added six assists. Celeste Hoewisch added 14 points and five assists. For the game, Green Bay shot 55 percent from the floor and 6-for-10 from 3-point range.
Butler (12-7, 5-3 HL) trailed by as many as 24 in the second half after Green Bay cooled from its hot start, but went on a big run in the second half to get back into the game. Trailing 54-30, the Bulldogs went on a 25-13 run to cut the Phoenix lead to 67-55 with 4:38 to go. Moments later, junior Terra Burns threw a long pass to Hamilton for a fast break lay-up to cut the lead to 10.
BU would get within 70-62 in the final minute, but Green Bay iced the game with three free throws in the last 38 seconds.
Wojta scored 16 and Quilling dropped in three 3-pointers as the Phoenix ran out to a 43-23 halftime lead. Green Bay took a 17-9 lead at the 10:35 mark and extended that to 22-11 on a bucket by Sarah Eichler with 7:42 remaining. A 3 by Quilling and a bucket by Wojta made it 29-13 and Green Bay continued to build the lead.
Wojta shot 7-for-9 in the first half and Green Bay shot an unheard of 18-for-24 (.750) as a team.
Butler will finish its Wisconsin swing Saturday, Jan. 30 at Milwaukee. That game will tip at 3 p.m. ET.
NOTES: Chloe Hamilton's 16 points tied her career high...Melanie Thornton has scored in double figures in 15 of her 16 games, including 13 straight...Butler outscored the Phoenix 39-30 in the second half and finished with a 31-29 rebounding advantage...Green Bay shot 6-for-7 from 3 in the first half...the two teams combined for only four free throw attempts in the first half as only nine fouls were called...Susan Lester had her eighth double-figure effort of the season, and her first since Jan. 4 vs. UIC...Green Bay leads the all-time series 33-7 and has won 27 straight vs. BU.