INDIANAPOLIS - Butler outscored Indiana State 52-30 in the second half, senior Brittany Bowen scored a career-high 30 points and the Butler women's basketball team defeated Indiana State, 81-72, Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Senior Alyssa Pittman added 22 points for the Bulldogs.
Butler came out slow and trailed by 16 early in the second half before blowing the doors off the Sycamores' attack. BU used full-court pressure to erase the lead, and Bowen and Pittman scored to turn the game around.
"We came together defensively and started pressing and that gave us enough momentum to get it done," Bowen said.
"We normally don't want to press that early because you get tired, but the girls got excited and we were active," Couture said.
Bowen, who is averaging 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds over the last four games, shot 10-for-15 from the floor with three 3-pointers. She also had 10 rebounds for her third career double-double. Pittman, converted 7 of her 8 field goal attempts, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range.
Freshman Sarah Hamm added 11 points for the Bulldogs, who shot a season-best 8-for-16 from beyond the arc.
BU (4-3) trailed 45-29 with 19 minutes left before dominating the rest of the game. The Bulldogs went on a 39-15 run over a span of 13 minutes to take a 68-60 lead. The Dawgs extended their lead to 73-60 with 3:33 to go on a free throw by sophomore Claire Freeman. Butler outscored Indiana State 52-27 over the final 19:08 of the game.
"I'm really proud of the girls because this is a game we could've lost," Couture said. "ISU is well-coached and dictated things in the first half. But we battled back and we're at home. We need to be dictating things in Hinkle Fieldhouse. And we did that in the second half."
Shannon Thomas had 24 points to lead Indiana State. The Sycamores (3-4) shot 76.5 percent in the first half, but only 33 percent in the second half.
Butler has a tight turnaround, as it will go on the road to Evansville for a noon ET game Tuesday, Dec. 7. BU's next home game is Dec. 29 vs. Bowling Green.