INDIANAPOLIS - Junior Brittany Bowen had a game-high 19 points and Butler shot a season-best 50 percent as the Bulldog women's basketball team routed Evansville, 77-41, Wednesday night in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Freshman Becca Bornhorst had a season-high 14 points and junior Chloe Hamilton added 12.
Bowen, coming off the bench for the first time this season, shot 8-for-10 from the floor and made all three of her 3-point shots. She had 10 points in 11 minutes in the first half and did her damage in all of 22 minutes of playing time.
"Brittany certainly responded (to coming off the bench)," head coach Beth Couture said. "That's what we need from her. She was really clicking offensively and, more importantly, her defensive effort was outstanding."
Butler (3-3) shot exactly 16-for-32 in each half. Bowen hit a trey to put the Bulldogs up 18-10 midway through the first half and a Bowen put-back with 7:50 remaining gave BU its first double-digit lead at 25-14.
Evansville (0-6) would never get any closer. The Bulldogs pulled out to a 35-20 lead at halftime.
Leading 46-30 with 13:39 left in the game, Butler ripped off an 18-2 run to take a 64-32 lead with just less than nine minutes remaining. Evansville, which shot 33 percent for the game, would not get any closer than 27 (64-37, 6:59 remaining) the rest of the night.
The Bulldogs were coming off a 65-60 loss to Northern Iowa in Cancun, a contest in which Couture's squad shot just 38 percent and 4-for-26 from beyond the arc.
"We shot the ball better tonight, but it was really our intensity and our energy was much higher than it was in Cancun," Couture said. "Our girls really responded well playing at home and coming off a long trip."
Six different Bulldogs scored at least eight points, while nine of 11 got into the scoring column. BU shot 8-for-19 from 3-point range and outrebounded Evansville 38-32.
Butler hosts Miami (Ohio) Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. Admission is free with a football ticket. The contest is part of a Bulldog tripleheader. Football plays at noon, women's basketball at 2 p.m. and men's basketball at 7 p.m.