NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Butler women's basketball team gave No. 18 Notre Dame a tougher battle than the Irish's previous two opponents, but the Bulldogs couldn't hold on in an 85-54 loss at the Joyce Center. BU finishes 1-2 in the WBCA Classic.
The Bulldogs hung tough and trailed just 27-19 15 minutes into the ballgame, but the Irish would go on a 10-2 run to make it 37-21 at the half.
Notre Dame (5-2) extended the lead to 73-50 with 7:04 to play, and would finish the game with a 12-4 spurt. The Bulldogs didn't score for the game's final 5:32, when they only trailed 74-54.
Bowen, Butler's leading scorer, got her 14 on 5-for-12 shooting. She shot 4-for-7 from 3-point range. The 5-10 senior also had nine rebounds and three steals.
All of Notre Dame's starting five scored in double figures, led by Natalie Novosel's 20 points. Three other Irish players had 11.
Butler matched Notre Dame on the offensive boards (16-16) and made twice as many treys (6-3). However, BU's 26 percent shooting in the first half didn't get much better in the second half and Notre Dame forced 30 points off turnovers.
Butler looked good in the early minutes of the game, with freshman Sarah Hamm scoring on a lay-up to make it 10-10 at the 13:46 mark. BU trailed just 17-14 before a 10-2 Irish run made it 27-16 with 5:08 before halftime.
Butler (3-3) will host Indiana State Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m.