CHICAGO - Senior Chloe Hamilton scored a career-high 27 points and the Butler women's basketball team came from behind to win at UIC, 66-61, Saturday afternoon. The BU victory sets up a first-place showdown this coming Thursday against Green Bay at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Butler (13-6, 7-0) and Green Bay (18-1, 8-0) are the only unbeaten Horizon League teams remaining, and Thursday's contest will go a long way toward deciding the league standings and home court advantage in the tournament.
Hamilton's career performance came on 12-for-20 shooting and 3 for 3 at the free throw line.
Senior Brittany Bowen added 18 points and seven rebounds. Butler had a sizable rebounding advantage until UIC rebounded a bunch of missed lay-ups in the final minutes. BU out-rebounded UIC 37-34. Similarly to Thursday's game at Loyola, Butler had a big edge at the free throw line. The Bulldogs were 20 of 24 at the foul line and UIC attempted just seven free throws.
With the game tied 47-47, Hamilton scored a 3-point play with 8:51 to go to give BU a 50-47 lead and then scored on the next possession to put the Dawgs up by five. After a UIC timeout, Hamilton made a pair of free throws to put Butler ahead 54-47. UIC's Green then had a 3-point play to end a 4:51 scoring drought for the Flames.
Butler continued its hot shooting and extended the lead to 60-50 on a runner by Pittman and a baseline jumper by Hamilton. That's when UIC went on an 11-4 run in the final 2 minutes but ran out of time to complete the comeback.
The Flames were led by Green with 18 points. Taylor Foulks had 10.
The Butler-Green Bay first-place clash is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Milwaukee then comes to Butler Saturday, Jan. 29.