INDIANAPOLIS - With first place in the Horizon League on the line, Green Bay held off the Butler women's basketball team, 61-54, Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse. With the win, the Phoenix move one game ahead of the Bulldogs with two games left to play.
Senior Melanie Thornton had 14 points and 11 rebounds, her 10th double-double of the season. She also added four blocks and four steals. Junior Brittany Bowen had 10 points and five rebounds. Green Bay's Kayla Tetschlag had game highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Green Bay (24-3, 13-3 HL) led by four in the final minute when junior Terra Burns made one of two free throws to pull the Dogs within 57-54 with 53 seconds remaining. BU got a stop on the defensive end and pushed the ball up the court, but sophomore Devin Brierly missed a 3-pointer from the left wing with 16 seconds left.
The Phoenix iced the game by going 4-for-4 at the free throw line.
"I thought the effort and intensity was there," head coach Beth Couture said. "But the end of the game came down to making plays. Green Bay made plays."
The game was close throughout, featuring six ties and 13 lead changes. Neither team led by more than seven and the contest was tied at 31 at halftime.
Butler (19-8, 12-4 HL) led for much of the first half, including a consecutive span of 8:47. BU led 31-24 late in the first half when Green Bay tied the game with seven quick points, including a lay-up by Sarah Eichler at the halftime buzzer.
BU shot just 1-for-16 from 3-point range.
Butler can secure second place in the league with a pair of wins next weekend. The Bulldogs travel to Chicago for games at UIC (Thursday, March 4) and Loyola (Saturday, March 6). Green Bay is at home next weekend against Cleveland State and Youngstown State.