Bulldogs Drop Season Opener At Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky's Victoria Dunlap scored 33 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as the Wildcats defeated the Butler women's basketball team, 87-66, Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum. Junior Brittany Bowen had 16 points - all in the 1st half - to lead the Bulldogs.
Bowen shot 7-for-7 in the opening period and ended up 7-for-11 from the field with seven rebounds. Senior Susan Lester added 14 points and junior Terra Burns had 12 points. Both Lester and Burns fouled out.
"I'm proud of our team. We gave a great effort," head coach Beth Couture said. "We ran into a good Kentucky team who does a lot of things through the post. Obviously, Dunlap did a nice job."
Down nine at the half, the Bulldogs (0-1) came out hot in the 2nd half, pulling within 48-44 on a steal and lay-up by junior Terra Burns. The Dogs continued to attack and tied the game at 52 on a 3-pointer by Pittman. UK answered with a 17-6 run - highlighted by a pair of treys by Rebecca Gray - and Butler couldn't come all the way back.
"We were helping so much in the post on Dunlap that we were giving them the 3-point shot," Couture said. "Once they hit those two during their run, that was a big difference."
Butler was plagued by foul trouble almost from the pre-game warm-ups, as Burns picked up three first-half fouls and Lester, freshman Becca Bornhorst and sophomore Devin Brierly each had two. Burns fouled out with 8:31 remaining, and Bornhorst and Lester fouled out late in the game. As a team, the Bulldogs were called for 28 fouls.
Kentucky (2-0) made nine of its first 14 shots to take a 22-11 lead at the 12:13 mark, but the Bulldogs answered with a 10-2 run over the next 1:53 to pull within 24-21. Kentucky punched back with a 7-0 run to go up 31-21. The score was 43-34 at halftime.
Junior Alyssa Pittman, making her BU debut after transferring from Eastern Michigan, scored 11 points. UK's Amani Franklin had 13 points and 14 rebounds and a trio of Wildcats added 10.
Butler's next game is the team's home opener against IPFW Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Horizon League Network.
NOTES: Susan Lester reached 1,000 points for her career with a pair of free throws early in the 2nd half. She now has 1,008 career points....Kentucky out-rebounded the Bulldogs by a 46-29 margin...Freshman guard Claire Freeman played 14 minutes in her collegiate debut. Claire's older sister, Cassie, also made her collegiate debut at Kentucky in November 2004...making her 2nd career start, junior Chloe Hamilton had seven points and six rebounds...Butler falls to 0-4 all-time against Kentucky.